2016 World Endurance champions Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen will join TF Sport for an assault on the 2018 British GT Championship. Derek Johnston, who claimed the 2016 British GT title, will race in with Sørensen while Mark Farmer, a race winner in the series, will be joined by Thiim.
Both Thiim and Sørensen compete in the World Endurance Championship as works Aston Martin Racing (AMR) drivers and have enjoyed success in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Thiim knows TF Sport very well after spending the 2017 season competing alongside Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey in the European Le Mans Series, where they put together a strong programme with multiple podiums and a title challenge.
Thiim’s record is impressive with championship success dating back a decade, culminating with Le Mans victory with Aston Martin in 2014 and the WEC LM GTE title in 2016, the latter alongside Sørensen.
Both are new to the British GT Championship and bring a wealth of talent and experience that will undoubtedly help TF Sport in their bid to claim its second title in three years.
Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director
“To have Nicki and Marco join us is a great story. They are both some of the fastest guys in GT cars and having worked with Nicki last year I have experienced this first hand. Derek and Mark are going to have to raise their game to keep up with these guys! If they do that, we will be winning races from the outset. A big thanks to AMR for letting us have these guys for the year.”
“I’m really excited to be joining the British GT Championship. I last raced in the UK in 2008 in Formula Ford and as soon as I knew this deal was happening, I looked up the tracks and I’m pleased to say that they’re all on there!
“To start a new series with a team like TF Sport is extra-special as they’re a top team and have demonstrated that they know how to win. I’ll be pairing up with Derek – I met him at the Autosport show – and he’s a great guy. It will be challenging for the both of us and it’s my job to make him go as fast as possible. I’m not used to the Pro – Am format, but I’ll coach him my way and I’m sure we’ll have a great battle for wins and the title – with the guys on the other side of the garage!”
“This should be a lot of fun, it’s an amazing opportunity. I’ve met Mark, he’s an interesting guy – he told me – I think it was at Sebring – about many of his races and he’s obviously quick, so I look forward to working with him in the new year!
For my side, it’s all about new challenges with Aston Martin. We had a great time with TF Sport in the ELMS this year, and this will be the same. They’re a great bunch of guys and I know Brands, Silverstone, but have yet to experience all of the British circuits. It’s great to stay with TF Sport and be with those guys again, it’s really important and I’m looking forward to joining the British GT scene.”