Both Farmer and Thiim as well as teammates Derek Johnston and Marco Sorensen carried success penalties into the three-hour Silverstone event, courtesy of their wins at Snetterton last time out. The former carried 10 seconds, the latter 20, something that would play a role in the final result.
Qualifying was a mixed affair with Mark and Nicki qualifying a strong second, even being extra cautious to avoid any track limit penalties. Derek meanwhile had been very happy with his car ahead of qualifying had a more difficult run to 11th, with Marco gaining time to record an average good enough for ninth on the grid.
The start saw Mark maintain position in second in his #11 entry behind the #24 Nissan, while Derek was on the move, keenly aware that a good start was key to his and Marco’s race. Three positions were gained from the outset in what was an impressive opening 45 minutes from the 2016 Champion, prior to handing over to Marco.
Mark meanwhile ran second but was hit from behind by the #47 Aston Martin. After losing ten seconds re-joining the circuit and dropping to fourth, he pitted for Nicki to take his first stint from sixth position; while the offending Jetstream car was brought into the pits to serve a penalty.
As the race and subsequent stops played out, the team moved back to the front ahead of the final stops where the 20 second and 10 second success penalties were added. This resulted in Nicki exiting the pits with less than a second margin on the second placed car of Phil Keen, while Marco, with the extra-long stop, was down the order and setting fastest laps in sixth.
Nicki duly brought the #11 Aston Martin home with a three-second margin to take his second win of the season, while Marco finished fifth. The result means that TF Sport extend their advantage on the teams’ championship with Mark and Nicki vaulting second in the drivers’ standings, with just three rounds remaining.