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TF Sport Retains British GT Drivers for Title Defence

TF Sport keeps championship-winning drivers for 2017 British GT season…

Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Photo: Jakob Ebrey

TF Sport has confirmed that it will keep its four drivers for the 2017 British GT Championship season, in an attempt to take a second consecutive title.

Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston will be looking for another drivers’ title, and Adam’s third consecutive series championship, while Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes will stay in the second car.

“It has been a mega year for TF Sport and I’m already looking forward to spending 2017 with the team and Derek,” said Adam.

“Consistency is always positive and this should help Derek up his game again, but everybody is trying hard to improve and winter testing will be important for looking at the minor details to find those last few tenths of a second.

“I’ve been in British GT since 2011 and Aston Martin Racing has placed me with several teams in several championships, but I particularly enjoy working with TF Sport.

“Having raced at a high level himself, Tom Ferrier understands what’s needed. I really like the attention to detail, he has good staff, the cars are always beautifully turned out and it was clear that winning the championship meant a hell of a lot to everybody involved.”

Meanwhile, Barnes and Farmer are eager to build on a fourth-place finish this year, which included the Spa-Francorchamps race win.

“Mark and I got some really good results at the end of this season and the priority will be to continue that from the start of 2017,” added Barnes.

“We ended up in an unexpected position, on the cusp of the championship fight going into the Donington decider and that was mainly due to the improvement Mark made in the latter half of the year. 

“If we continue refining our qualifying techniques and find more consistency for the races we should be in contention for the title come the end of the year, and we have a big winter program of testing, sim work and karting to get our act together.”

Entries for the 2017 season officially open next week, but this news means that both the GT3 and GT4 champions will keep unchanged lineups for next season, following Optimum Motorsport’s GT4 announcement.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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