It was the rollercoaster of the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão that provided the backdrop for the last thrills of the 2023 season of the European Le Mans Series, which began in Barcelona in April and ended with the Portuguese double-header. There were six acts of a unique spectacle, which in the TF Sport cars found some of its great protagonists.
Indeed, no one could deny that the #34 Oreca 07 of Racing Team Turkey put on a great show, not only in the LMP2 Pro/Am class but also in the overall classification. The car, driven by Salih Yoluç, Charlie Eastwood and Louis Deletraz, started the season by making ELMS history: no LMP2 Pro/Am crew had ever managed to achieve an overall win, but TF Sport did so at the Barcelona round, starting the championship in the best possible way. The #34 car has been very fast throughout the season, with only a few unforeseen setbacks, but this was not enough to frustrate the extraordinary work done by the drivers and the entire crew: third place in the championship, clinched both in the prestigious overall and Pro/Am standings, is the measure of the speed expressed by the car throughout the season and above all represents a solid starting point for the 2024 championship.
Our Vantage also put in solid performances, which unfortunately did not always deliver the results that the speed displayed by the drivers and the commitment of the entire crew would have deserved. Despite this, both Vantage finished the 2023 ELMS season - the swansong of the LMGTE cars - inside the top ten and on equal points: the #95 car - driven by the crew of John Hartshorne, Ben Tuck and Jonathan Adam - and the #72 car (shared by the trio of Arnold Robin, Maxime Robin and Valentin Hasse Clot) finished 9th and 10th in class respectively. Both crews were protagonists of excellent races in a class as hard-fought as the LMGTE, but unfortunately luck was not always on our side and sometimes thwarted the work done by the team and the drivers. However, the entire team gave everything from start to finish, honouring the last LMGTE season in the best possible way and preparing to do battle again from the start of the 2024 championship.
Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director:
“A long and tough ELMS season has come to an end. In GTE we did not get the success we deserved for various reasons. The drivers and the crew never gave up and worked hard all year and I thank them for that. In LMP2 it was a story of what couId have been, but we have to be happy with P3 in the overall championship and taking an overall race win. That gives us a really strong starting point for 2024. Finally, we are really looking forward to returning in ELMS next season, because it’s a fantastic championship that gets better every year”.