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Meeting up with Nicki Thiim – TF Sport n°90 (Aston Martin V8 Vantage)

ELMS - 08/09/2017 - Jeff CARTER

Reigning FIA World Endurance GT Drivers Champion Nicki Thiim has been racing with TF Sport in the European Le Mans Series and also defending his title with Aston Martin in the WEC. The Dane has teamed up with Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey to challenge for the ELMS LMGTE title in the British team’s first year in the ELMS after Yoluc and Hankey helped the team to the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup title in 2016.

The drivers and the team are currently leading the LMGTE title races by 9 points with just two races in Belgium and Portugal remaining. 

Can you tell us the high and low points of your season so far?

“Of course it was nice to start the season off well, not only the home race for TF Sport and for Aston Martin but to take the win at Silverstone was good.  It settled down for the next couple of races.  Monza was quite interesting and it was really close there, a good fight for another podium.  We probably don’t have the quickest car but it depends on other factors as well. 

“At Paul Ricard we had a miserable first hour with a spin and then a full course yellow.  We were far behind but then, for me, the best race of the year, a tremendous team effort and finished P2 from a minute behind.  Again it was good points and that is what it is about.”

You are the leader of the GTE class with 77 points, how will you approach the race at Spa-Francorchamps?

“Now I am going to sound like a grumpy old man but Spa is not the best track for the Aston Martin.  Ferrari will be really good there, it will suit the car.  But that doesn’t mean we are going to go there without a fight.  Who doesn’t want to race at Spa?  It is probably the best track for a GT car and it is tremendous to drive there.”

The championship is very tight between the 6 cars of the GTE grid, what do you think of your rivals?

“The no55 Spirit of Race Ferrari are doing a great job, they have their head in the game and that’s what it is about, it is what keeps you motivated. That’s why we have this crazy love for racing.  It’s a small grid but it is really a completely different league In the ELMS the LMGTE class has really upped the game.  To be up there takes a really big effort, not only as a team but as a driver.”

This is TF Sports first season in the ELMS after winning the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup title last year.  How are you getting on with the team and your fellow drivers?

“I didn’t know the guys before this season but I knew they had won almost everything they had entered.  I have to take my hat off to the job Tom (Ferrier) is doing and the whole TF crew.  What I really like is they are so calm.  I think having a team principle who has been a top level driver; it is just a much better approach because he knows what it is about.  If I started a team I would do exactly the same.  He keeps the whole crew calm and when you are calm you can be focused on your job.”

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