It was under the lights of the Bahrain International Circuit that the final act of the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship season was played. The night in Bahrain, the last stage in an intense and hard-fought year, marked the end of both the championship and the LMGTE era. TF Sport honoured both with another excellent team performance, which only confirmed the good work done by the entire team throughout the championship.
The Aston Martin Vantage ORT by TF #25, entrusted during the course of the year to Ahmad Al Harthy, Charlie Eastwood and Michael Dinan, ended the 2023 campaign with a good 5th place. With a pole and a third place in the TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and above all a second place in the LMGTE AM class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2023, the team has had a very positive season: there have been a few setbacks during the championship, but the team has always been able to react, demonstrating absolute confidence in its abilities and remaining in the running until the very end for third place in the championship standings. The podium in what has been defined as "The race of the century" sealed the commitment and talent of the drivers, who were always able to keep the necessary ice-cold blood to achieve such an important result at La Sarthe. The year 2024 will bring new challenges, but the season that has just ended showed how the entire crew is ready to face them all without any fear.
The Aston Martin Vantage #777 D'Station Racing run by TF also had a positive season, slowed only by a few hiccups. Tomonobu Fuji and Casper Stevenson were flanked by Satoshi Hoshino from the start of the championship to the 6 Hours of Fuji, while they were joined by Liam Talbot in the 6 Hours of Bahrain. The four drivers gave their all in every situation, with the team's outstanding work being rewarded with a second place finish in the season-ending round. The podium at the Bahrain International Circuit is a well-deserved boost of confidence for the entire crew, which is now ready to tackle the 2024 season with great enthusiasm.
It is absolutely impossible not to mention two other cars that have played a role in making this 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship season unforgettable. How can we forget the work done by Racing Team Turkey's Oreca 07 #923 at the Le Mans 24 Hours 2023? Tom Gamble, Dries Vanthoor and Salih Yoluç, alongside all the team's members, battled for the leading positions in the LMP2 Pro/Am class for a long time, providing thrills and excitement before a technical issue put an early end to their race.
Similarly, the Aston Martin Vantage #72 and all the work done by its crew cannot be forgotten either. Driven by Maxime Robin, Arnold Robin and Valentin Hasse Clot, the third car fielded by the team in the LMGTE Am class during the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2023 had shown very good pace before an unfortunate accident stopped its race, leaving more than one regret.
Now, as the 2024 season approaches, a new challenge awaits TF Sport: after seven Le Mans 24 Hours and six years of collaboration, the team and Aston Martin Racing will part ways in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Starting next year, TF Sport will take to the tracks of the FIA WEC with the new Corvette Z06 GT3.R: A new chapter in our history is about to begin, and we can't wait to start writing its first page.
Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director:
“I came to Bahrain seven years ago to watch the 2016 WEC final as a guest of AMR before we embarked on our own GTE journey. It started in 2017 in ELMS with a second place in the championship and our first visit to Le Mans. It ended with four Le Mans podiums, including 2 wins, top 3 results in every world championship and our 2022 World Championship with countless wins and podiums along the way. I can only thank my own team and everyone involved at AMR for the support and guidance over the years. GTE has been a fantastic class and I am sad to see it go. But with that comes a new challenge and we are ready to embrace it: the 2024 WEC season promises to be extraordinary”.