The #17 championship leading Aston Martin, taken at Brands Hatch earlier in the year. Picture Credit: Ambrose Motorsport Photography.
TF Sport are facing a race against time to get their Aston Martin repaired ahead of the qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps after it sustained heavy damage during the earlier free practice one session. Both Derek Johnston and Team Parker Racing’s Callum Macleod were thrown sideways into the barriers on the approach to Les Combes. This occurred after a GT4 European Series Maserati dropped oil on the high speed section of the circuit. It is estimated that the cars would have been traveling at around 170mph when the collision occurred. The momentum carried by the Bentley saw it thrown backwards across the circuit into the opposite Armco barriers, this caused significant damage to the extent that the team have had to retire it from the weekend. The #17 TF Sport Aston Martin cruicially only sustained heavy damage to the front end, which means the team should be able to repair the car ahead of the race tomorrow.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage had a ‘bolt on/bolt off’ front chassis element which allows the TF Sport mechanics to be more likely to carry out the repairs in time. Jonny Adam was roped in to help with making the repairs happen in time.
Luckily both Derek Johnston and Callum Macleod, who lost their cars at about 170mph, were uninjured during the incident.
©Fay Tilley 8th July 2016.