GT4 British GT Championship Runner-up Andrew Jarman has set his sights on a graduation to the top-line GT3 category for 2015 after a season long title fight which saw the Milton Keynes born racer secure 7 out 10 podiums including 2 race wins in what has been undoubtedly one of the most exciting and competitive British GT (GT4) seasons for several years.
Driving for Tom Ferrier’s TF Sport team this season after winning the 2013 Aston Martin GT4 Challenge at his first attempt, Jarman has made a successful switch to Endurance Racing from Single Seaters (Formula Renault) with a total of 22 podiums from 26 races in the last two seasons.
Jarman kicked off his 2014 season in style with a trip to Fuji, Japan for a special Aston Martin event, taking victory in an Aston Martin Vantage GT2 before returning to the UK to join a highly competitive GT4 field in the Avon British GT Championship, behind the wheel of TF Sport’s Aston Martin GT4 V8 Vantage.
The season started off with a debut victory at Oulton Park for Jarman alongside TF Sport team mate Devon Modell, followed up by podiums at Rockingham and Silverstone to put Jarman/Modell in the lead of the Championship by the mid-season point. An uncharacteristic electrical fault with his Aston Martin GT4 Vantage resulted in the loss of a vital win at Snetterton with four laps to go but the TXM Recruit, TXM Plant and Danbro sponsored driver soon bounced back with a vital victory at Spa Francorchamps as the championship headed into the final two rounds.
Only an unfortunately timed safety car at the penultimate round of Brands Hatch could put stop to a championship challenge, with Jarman forced to watch title rivals Beechdean Motorsport drive off into the distance whilst left behind the lead GT3 car, dropping the TF Sport driver a lap down by half distance. But in what became a season long fight through the field, neither Team nor Drivers would accept defeat, taking the fight to the final round with only a win and eighth place for championship rivals Ross Wylie/Jake Giddings good enough to snatch victory.
Once again the GT4 Class didn’t fail to deliver with a race long battle which saw Jarman take the lead in his opening stint before handing over to Modell who joined a five car fight for victory. But with rivals Beechdean Motorsport in a secure fifth place, the title was just out of reach as team mate Modell crossed the line in 2nd place, narrowly missing out on victory after a minor excursion in the closing stages.
Talking about his debut British GT season and plans for 2015, Jarman commented:
“Overall it’s been a great debut season in British GT and one of the best GT4 seasons I’ve known for a long while, we took the fight to the wire but just came up short this time and I have to say a huge thank you to my sponsors TXM Plant, TXM Recruit, Danbro and Exhibition Coffee for all their support during the year.
The guys at TF Sport have done a great job all year to give Devon and I a race winning car and I have to say thanks to Benjamin and the team at SRO who have put on a great show all year and helped to support our sponsors / guests who have all thoroughly enjoyed their first British GT experience.
The plan for next year is to be in GT3 either in British GT or one of the European Series but nothing is confirmed yet, I was fortunate to be offered a test in TF Sports Aston Martin Vantage GT3 during the summer break which went well and I’m confident I can adapt to GT3 over the winter and be fighting at the front again next year.
To contact Andrew regarding his 2015 plans, please email firstname.lastname@example.org