Andrew Jarman battled against the odds at the flagship round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Silverstone, to secure a third consecutive top ten finish after three hours of racing.
The weekend started with drama after an uncharacteristic engine misfire from the TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 left Jarman and teammate Jody Fannin unable to register a competitive time in qualifying on Saturday; leaving a mountain to climb for Sunday’s race from 17th.
By lap two Jarman was progressing up the field and overtook the #22 Mercedes SLS into Vale only to then be hit on the right rear wheel, puncturing the tyre and leaving Jarman with a difficult job to bring the car back to the pits.
With only damage to the rear wheel, the TF sport team were able to get Jarman back on track but down in 34th place and two laps down.
With the track starting to dry, Jarman was soon back on the pace and making up lost ground before handing over to teammate Fannin after 45 minutes, who returned to the circuit on wet tyres just as the safety car appeared due to a heavy accident at Stowe.
Good strategy calls saw the car back on the lead lap, and after a solid stint from Fannin, they were running in fifth.
With only 15 minutes remaining as the race got back underway, Fannin was able to maintain eighth position until the finish line much to the delight of the team.
Jarman said: “It’s been a very tough weekend starting with the engine issue which put us out of position for qualifying, but the TF Sport guys have done an amazing job to get the car ready and today in the race with the strategy.
“It was unfortunate to have the puncture in the early laps but to come from two laps down to eighth overall is a great result and both Jody and I showed great pace throughout the race. Without the puncture perhaps we would have been on the podium.
“We had a lot of guests here today in the Eurostar Hospitality Centre and it’s great that we’ve been able to put on a strong showing and entertaining race. Now we have to take this momentum to Spa in a few weeks time which is a circuit I have good memories of from winning last year.”