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Victory In GT Class In The '24 Hour Of Le Mans'
Posted by: newsla on Jun 16, 2014 - 03:44 PM
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Victory In GT Class In The '24 Hour Of Le Mans' For The AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia Number 51


Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella won the "24 Hour of Le Mans", LMGTE Pro category. In their Ferrari #51, lined up for AF Corse - the only one Italian team in the endurance race par excellence - the three drivers repeated their 2012 achievement, outclassing the opposition in the La Sarthe’s circuit.

 

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Starting from pole position, Bruni, Vilander and Fisichella fought from the very beginning for the top positions. During the night, the AF Corse Ferrari #51 moved into a solid lead maintaining it from then on. At the end of the race, the were nearly two laps ahead of the second place finisher, Corvette #73.

The great day was completed by the third podium position in the LMGTE Am category thanks to Luis Perez Companc, Marco Cioci and Mirko Venturi in their AF Corse Ferrari #61. The competition was tight and they proved to have a very fast and constant pace.

THE OTHER AF CORSE FERRARI’s

LMGTE Pro - The Ferrari 458 Italia #71 with Davide Rigon, Olivier Beretta and Pierre Kaffer ( who replaced James Calado due to an accident during the qualifying) had a technical problem and did not finish the race.

LMGTE Am - Near the podium, the 8 Star Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia #90 (managed by AF Corse). Gianluca Roda, Paolo Ruberti and Franckie Montecalvo took the chequered flag in fourth place. With a bit of luck, they could have had the third step of the podium. The only all Bronze gentlemen drivers combination of Howard Blank, Yannick Mallegol and Jean Marc Bachelier finished the race in 14th position in their AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia #62. A year after their unfortunate accident in the 2013 edition, the expert trio came home to the take the chequered the flag in the world’s most famous motor race. The Ferrari 458 Italia #60 driven by Peter Mann, Lorenzo Casè and Raffaele Giammaria and the Ferrari 458 Italia #81 with Steve Wyatt, Michele Rugolo and Sam Bird were forced to retire due to technical problems.

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