Taking advantage of the summer break between a season long battle for British GT Championship (GT4) honors, MK born Andrew Jarman is set for a taste of the future courtesy of Aston Martin Racing Partner Team TF Sport on Tuesday 12th August, behind the wheel of the teams Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, back from its recent International GT Open victory at Silverstone.
After a late deal to join Tom Ferrier’s newly formed TF Sport Team for the British GT Championship (GT4) alongside team mate Devon Modell, it’s been a superb season for the TXM sponsored driver with podiums in five of the eight races so far, including victory at the opening round (Oulton Park) and a superb race win during the series trip to Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
But the season hasn’t been without its drama, electrical issues during round six (Snetterton300) lost Jarman/Modell a near certain victory and valuable championship points and just four tenths of the second was enough to lose a valuable podium finish after a drive through penalty for exiting the pit lane under the mandatory stop time.
Talking about his season so far:
“Overall it’s been a superb year for us and the team has done a fantastic job all year, we’ve not had luck on our side which makes the victories and podiums even more special and there are plenty of points left to be won. To be second at this point in our first season is a great achievement but you always want more as a driver and we will be using all the tools in our box to win the championship”
With three weeks before the next round of the British GT Championship at Brands Hatch GP on August 30/31, Jarman is looking forward to a preview of what he hopes will be a step up to the top level GT3 category for 2015:
“I’m really looking forward to the test, there will be some noticeable differences from the GT4, such as the sequential gearbox and more power, but having driven a Vantage GT2 at Fuji International Speedway earlier in the year and sometime in the simulator with a GT3, I’m hoping to pick it up fairly quickly.
The GT3 is everything you want the GT4 to be in terms of added power and aero but I’m heading into the test relaxed, as it’s about learning the car rather than outright lap times. The plan is to be racing in the GT3 class next year but there is still a lot of hard work ahead to secure the increased budget compared with GT4, so this test will be a great taste of what the future holds.”
TF Sport Director, Tom Ferrier, said:
“Both guys have done really well in GT4, and to be second in the championship after putting such a late deal together is fantastic for everyone. Andrew (Jarman) and Devon (Modell) both want to progress up the ranks of sportscar racing and naturally GT3 is the next step, so it makes sense to get them into it as early as possible and give them the best chance for next year.