GT team TF Sport will take the step up to the World Endurance Championship’s GT-Am class for the 2018-19 super season.

After finishing second in class in the European Le Mans Series with the team last year, Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey will continue with TF Sport in its maiden WEC challenge.

“As a team, it is very exciting for all of us to be on the very highest stage of sports car racing,” said Yoluc.

“I’m really looking forward to exciting races and, of course, our first WEC win! We’ve been quite unlucky in ELMS this year in so many ways but I hope we were just suffering a little to make the future victories even sweeter, with a change in fortune.

“Being able to fight to be a world champion and also a 24 Hours of Le Mans winner is something very special and we’ll do our best and make sure we enjoy the journey.”

Along with team-mate Nicki Thiim, Yoluc and Hankey took five podiums last season, including a race win at Silverstone, to finish just two points behind class winners JMW Motorsport. The pair also competed in the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans with TF Sport, finishing seventh in the GTE-Am class.

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They will be joined by Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Charlie Eastwood for the 2017-18 WEC season.

“It’s going to be a big challenge to step up to what is the very top in GT Racing; it’s a big old step,” said Eastwood. “With the line-up we have, we’re confident we’ll be quick in each of our driver categories.

“I met with Tom [Ferrier, team sporting director] and some of the guys in the team five weeks ago for the first time and it was a great meeting. It really kick-started the talks and the Friday before Christmas it was all confirmed.

“It’s great to know so far in advance what you’re doing for the coming season and, with Tom’s amazing record with TF Sport and the driver combination we have, we’re all pretty buzzed up and raring to go.

“There’s a lot of unknowns for all of us, obviously, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Aston Martin Racing will continue to provide factory support for TF Sport, who it has worked with since the team was founded in 2014.