The British racing team TF Sport has put in their bid for a spot in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19. That was announced by the team themselves, today.
These rumours has been circulating for a long time regarding the team, who participated in the European Le Mans Series in 2017, but now they want to compete at the highest level of the sport.
If they get the entry or not will be revealed on 9 February. But they have very good cards on their hands, already having a 24 Hours of Le Mans entry, since they finished second in the ELMS GTE Championship in 2017.
The team is the perfect example, of what the ACO want teams to do. They started at national level in 2014 in British GT in the GT4 category, and advanced to the GT3 category in 2015. They wanted something new in 2016, and entered the Michelin Le Mans Cup, which was a support series to the ELMS.
They entered the ELMS itself in 2017 and also had their first start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Right from the start in 2014, their car choice has been Aston Martin, and that is the plan too for the (hopefully) upcoming FIA WEC season. The team have already announced a British GT programme with two cars, where Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen will share the cars with Mark Farmer and Derek Johnson respectively.
The three driver line-up for the international season is ready too. Salih Yoluc will be joined by Euan Hankey for the fourth season in a row, while Charlie Eastwood is new in the team. The plan is to race in the GTE-Am category, with full factory support from Aston Martin Racing.
Eastwood is the defending Porsche Carrera Cup UK Champion, but he has to get used to a racing car with a front engine instead of the rear engine in the Porsche. He started, like so many other racing drivers, in Karting. He started in Formula 4 in 2014 before he went to New Zealand for the Toyota Racing Series winter series, followed by a season in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. He went into the Porsche Carrera Cup UK in 2016, where he finished third, followed by winning the Championship in 2017.
The FIA WEC season starts on 5 May at Spa Francorchamps.