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TF Sport to Run Same Driver Lineup in ELMS, Asian LMS

John Hartshorne to be joined by Jonny Adam, Henrique Chaves for dual-series program…

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TF Sport has outlined part of its plans for 2022 with the Aston Martin customer squad announcing a lineup that will contest both the European and Asian Le Mans Series.

Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Pro-Am champion Henrique Chaves has joined the British squad, teaming up with Jonny Adam and John Hartshorne.

The trio will share an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 during the Asian LMS season in February, before tackling the ELMS with a GTE version of the same car type.

Hartshorne embarked on dual Asian LMS and ELMS campaigns with TF Sport last year but with Ollie Hancock, Ross Gunn and Charlie Eastwood as his primary co-drivers.

The British Bronze-rated driver also entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans with support from his former ELMS driving partners Gunn and Hancock.

Adam was a member of the TF Sport crew that won the GTE-Am class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020 and joined Hartshorne for one of last season’s ELMS races.

“It’s great to have John back with us for the double-championship program,” said TF Sport team principal Tom Ferrier.

“Jonny is always a pleasure to work with and I’m really pleased to have Henrique join us at TF Sport.

“The Asian Le Mans Series is ideal to prepare for the full ELMS season and I have no doubt we can help John improve even more so than he did last year.”

New TF Sport signing Chaves won the GTWC Europe Pro-Am combined and Sprint Cup titles last season in a Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.

The Portuguese driver last raced in ELMS in 2018 when he drove an AVF-run Dallara P217 Gibson.

Chaves then switched to GT racing the following year and won the 2020 International GT Open title alongside Bronze driver Miguel Ramos in a Teo Martin Motorsport McLaren 720S GT3, before the pairing moved over to Barwell and Lamborghini.

“TF Sport is a very capable and successful team and I’m very happy and excited for this new challenge in the Middle East but also very happy to be back in the ELMS,” said Chaves.

“I’m confident that together with John, Jonny and TF Sport we are able to achieve very good results in Asian Le Mans Series as well as in ELMS and it is just a bonus to have the chance to finish the season in Portimao in front of my home crowd.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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