TF Sport has confirmed plans to enter the FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Super Season’ with an Aston Martin Vantage GTE in the GTE-Am category.
The British team, which competed in the European Le Mans Series and British GT Championship last year, will submit an entry request for its ELMS program to step up to the WEC.
Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey will continue driving the car but will be joined by Charlie Eastwood.
“It’s a huge honour to be competing in the World Endurance Championship next year; it’s by far our biggest ever program and it underlines the strength of our team at every level,” commented team director Tom Ferrier.
“We have had huge success in the past two years in very tough championships such as Blancpain and ELMS so I feel we are ready to move up.
“We have a really big challenge in WEC but we’re confident that we will be competitive and deliver the results that we, our supporters and partners, now expect from us.”
Nicki Thiim was the third driver in the team’s ELMS entry but the Dane will likely remain part of Aston Martin Racing’s factory GTE-Pro effort.
Eastwood has experience in GTs and single-seaters and won the Porsche Carrera Cup GB title in 2017.
“It’s going to be a big challenge to step up to what is the very top in GT racing; it’s a big old step,” admitted Eastwood. “With the lineup we have, we’re confident we’ll be quick in each of our driver categories.
“I won the Carrera Cup in 2017 but remain Silver, so it’s the ideal partnership with Salih and Euan.
“I met with Tom and some of the guys in the team five weeks ago for the first time and it was a great meeting. It really kick-started the talks and the Friday before Christmas it was all confirmed.
“It’s great to know so far in advance what you’re doing for the coming season and with Tom’s amazing record with TF Sport and the driver combination we have, we’re all pretty buzzed up and raring to go.
“There’s a lot of unknowns for all of us obviously, but we’re looking forward to the challenge. I know Silverstone and Le Mans and we’re planning on a good test programme. So as a team we all have the same desire and I can’t wait to get started!”