24 hours of Le Mans: four Ferraris lined up for AF Corse

The 24 hours of Le Mans is round 3 of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and awards double points.

24 hours of Le Mans: four Ferraris lined up for AF Corse
#51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 GTE: Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander, Giancarlo Fisichella
#51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 GTE: Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander, Giancarlo Fisichella in the pits
#83 AF Corse Ferrari 458 GTE: Emmanuel Collard, Rui Aguas, François Perrodo
#60 Formula Racing Ferrari 458 GTE: Johnny Laursen, Mikkel Mac, Andrea Rizzoli
#71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE: Davide Rigon, Sam Bird

AF Corse will field four Ferrari in the 24 hours of Le Mans 2016, June 18th and 19th, between both GT category (LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am). In addition, AF Corse – the only one Italian team in the most famous race in the world – will manage technically the cars of Formula Racing and Clearwater Racing teams. The 24 hours of Le Mans is round 3 of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and awards double points.

LMGTE Pro – In the AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE #71, Andrea Bertolini will accompany the GT championship leaders, Davide Rigon and Sam Bird (Rigon and Bird have full points after wins at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps). Bertolini is one of the strongest Italian GT drivers. At the wheel of the AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE #51, Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado will be joined by Alessandro Pier Guidi who is making his debut in the French marathon after his great perfomances in the first part of the season.

LMGTE Am – François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas will race in their AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia #83. The trio has currently the second position in the category classification. Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Aaron Scott will drive the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia #55; this squad will race for the first time together the 24 hours of Le Mans. Reamaining in the LMGTE Am, there is the Formula Racing Ferrari 458 Italia #60 with Johnny Laursen, Mikkel Mac and Christina Nielsen.

In the Clearwater Racing Ferrari 458 Italia #61 will race Mok Weng Sun, Keita Sawa and Robert Bell.

Following the official test, Sunday June 5th, the cars will take to the track on Wednesday May 15 for the free practices. Qualifying is on Thursday, while the race will start at 3 pm as usual.

AF Corse

shares
comments
Inside line: How Ford's four-car attack aims to recreate Le Mans glory

Previous article

Inside line: How Ford's four-car attack aims to recreate Le Mans glory

Next article

Duval: Audi more optimistic over Le Mans pace than Spa

Duval: Audi more optimistic over Le Mans pace than Spa
Load comments
The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial Prime

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial

OPINION: After 24 Le Mans 24 Hours participations, 50-year-old Emmanuel Collard will be absent from the grid this year, stuck at the mercy of his gold driver grading. But, while he's not motivated by breaking start records, the French veteran is determined to return to the field next year.

WEC
Jul 24, 2021
The lasting legacy of a fallen Indy car rookie Prime

The lasting legacy of a fallen Indy car rookie

Jeff Krosnoff was plucked out of obscurity to become a respected and highly popular professional in Japan, and then got his big break in CART Indy car for 1996. But a tragic accident at Toronto 25 years ago cut short a promising career and curtailed his regular teammate Mauro Martini's passion for racing.

IndyCar
Jul 14, 2021
The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence Prime

The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence

Following the latest convergence connection permitting Le Mans Hypercars from the FIA World Endurance Championship to compete against LMDh entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023, it could open up enticing options not only to manufacturers but also for the calendar and race formats

WEC
Jul 13, 2021
How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Prime

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness.

Le Mans
Jun 23, 2021
How an ingenious fix prevented Paul Newman from winning Le Mans Prime

How an ingenious fix prevented Paul Newman from winning Le Mans

It's one of the great what-if stories in Le Mans history. Paul Newman finished second in the 24 Hours in 1979, but it could easily have been a famous victory were it not for the resourcefulness of the late Manfred Kremer.

Le Mans
Apr 13, 2021
Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile Prime

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile

Making a return to top-flight sportscar racing after 50 years away, Ferrari will enter the Le Mans Hypercar ranks in 2023. The Italian marque denies the link with Formula 1's new cost cap that frees up resources, but it's certainly no coincidence...

WEC
Feb 25, 2021
Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights Prime

Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights

Oliver Gavin has stepped down from the full-time Corvette Racing line-up after a stellar career with the team spanning nearly 20 years. He looks back on a stint that encompassed, among other successes, five Le Mans 24 Hours victories.

Le Mans
Jan 28, 2021
How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends Prime

How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends

Victory at last year's Spa 24 Hours meant Nick Tandy had completed the unofficial sextuple crown of the world's six biggest endurance races, becoming the first Briton to do so. Ahead of his fresh start with Corvette Racing, he explains how he did it…

Le Mans
Jan 24, 2021