TF Sport confirms that it will field two new Aston Martin Vantage GT4s in the British GT Championship in 2019, whilst also returning with two next generation GT3s in defence of the teams’ title it secured in 2018.
The team, which last raced in the GT4 class in 2014, has rejigged its line-up slightly from that previously announced, with four promising young Silver-graded racers – Tom Canning, Rory Collingbourne, Patrick Kibble and Josh Price – joining the team and the new TF Sport GT4 programme. All four of the youngsters are eyeing a position in the Aston Martin Young Driving Academy.
“We need to hit the ground running on our return to GT4 competition this year,” said TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “We have a clear objective and that is to win races and be in the position to challenge for the title with both cars. We’re delighted to have these four young drivers on board with TF Sport for the 2019 season.”
The nine-round championship gets underway Easter weekend at Oulton Park and concludes at Donington Park in September.
With a background in karting including championship success in the Super 1 National Honda Cadet championship in 2014, Tom stepped up to Ginetta ladder in 2017. His first year in the British GT Championship in 2018 saw him compete initially with Steller Performance before moving to Pro Technika for the remaining three rounds of the series, where he finished a fine second in class at Spa-Francorchamps at the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG GT4.
Tom, who became the youngest ever British GT driver when he made his debut in the series last year, sampled the new car at Oulton Park and competed with Aston Martin Racing in the Gulf 12H in the team’s GT4 entry.
Rory has momentum on his side and a clear ambition to grow with TF Sport and Aston Martin Racing. The Welsh racer competed in the Renault UK Clio Cup in 2015, continuing in the series the following season before moving to the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia championship where he competed on the International stage for the first time, scoring three podiums.
2018 saw Rory compete a partial season in Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain, scoring in the first rounds and securing four podiums from six starts before switching to Redline Racing. There he took two wins en route to sixth in the championship despite missing the half of the season.
Very much a rookie racer, Patrick steps up to the British GT Championship after a season of racing in the Ginetta Junior Championship. Competing with TCR, he finished in a solid fourth position, taking his first win at Thruxton whilst securing eight additional podium position – including an impressive of five at the end of the season. Prior to that Patrick raced karts both in the UK and in Europe.
Josh is a familiar name in the British Touring Car Championship, most recently racing with Team BMR. The 20-year old started in karts with title success in 2013 before joining the Renault Clio Cup in 2015. His first victory soon followed in 2016 and he then joined the BTCC with Team BMR in 2017. Last year he competed in select rounds of the TCR UK Championship, winning at Donington, whilst also competing in the BTCC.