AF Corse

AF Corse is an Italian auto racing team founded by former racing driver Amato Ferrari in 1995 in Piacenza. Strongly linked to the Maserati and Ferrari brands, AF Corse currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series, and International GT Open, and are four-time champions of the GT2 class of the former FIA GT Championship.[1] The team has also entered cars under Advanced Engineering, AT Racing, Pecom Racing, Spirit of Race, Formula Racing and 8Star Motorsports, and in association with Michael Waltrip Racing (AF Waltrip).

Italy AF Corse
AF corse logo
Founded1995
Team principal(s)Amato Ferrari
Current seriesEuropean Le Mans Series
International GT Open
FIA World Endurance Championship
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Asian Le Mans Series
Blancpain GT Series
Former seriesItalian Superturismo Championship
FIA GT Championship
FIA GT1 World Championship
World Series Formula V8 3.5 (as Spirit of Race/SMP Racing)
Noted driversGianmaria Bruni, Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander, James Calado, Sam Bird, Matthieu Vaxivière, Matevos Isaakyan
Teams'
Championships
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 FIA GT2, 2011 ILMC LM GTE-Pro, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 FIA WEC GTE-Pro
Drivers'
Championships
2006, 2007, 2008 FIA GT2, 2011 FIA GT3, 2013, 2014, 2017 FIA WEC GTE-Pro

History

In 1995, Amato Ferrari (no relation to the family of Enzo Ferrari and his Ferrari car company) retired from driving and chose to concentrate on team management, initially entering the Italian Superturismo Championship. Following the series' demise in 1999, Ferrari launched a new team known as AF Corse, named for his initials. The team turned to sports car racing, and within a year was contracted by Maserati. AF Corse was tasked with the development, maintenance, and transport of the Trofeo Cup, a one-make series based on the Maserati Coupé. The company would continue in this position until 2005.

During 2004, Maserati approached AF Corse about running their latest development in sports car racing: the new Maserati MC12 for the international FIA GT Championship. The team aided Maserati in testing and developing the car before running the two new racers in their home event at Imola. Drivers Fabrizio de Simone, Andrea Bertolini, Mika Salo, and Johnny Herbert were all be assigned to the team, eventually earning AF Corse two victories before the season ended.[2] Once the development of the MC12 was satisfied, the company returned to running the Trofeo Cup, as well as running a Maserati Light in the 2005 Italian GT Championship.

AF Corse F430
One of AF Corse's Ferrari F430 GT2s

AF Corse returned to the FIA GT Championship in 2006. This time however they would be running the latest Ferrari offering, the Ferrari F430, as well as competing in the series' lower category, the GT2 class. Salo was retained in the driving line-up, while newcomers Rui Águas, Jaime Melo, and Matteo Bobbi completed the standard line-up. Victory was earned in the teams debut at Silverstone, and another two were earned over the season, including at the Spa 24 Hours. AF Corse won the class championship, beating fellow Ferrari competitor Scuderia Ecosse.[3] The company retained their connection to Maserati however, entering a trio of cars in the new FIA GT3 European Championship.

As defending champions, AF Corse remained in the FIA GT Championship in 2007, although much on the team changed. While the Ferrari F430s remained, all new drivers were introduced to the team. Dirk Müller, Toni Vilander, Gianmaria Bruni, and Stephane Ortelli took over driving duties for the season, while Motorola announced their full sponsorship of the squad. The two cars dominated the 2007 season, winning nine of the ten events on the schedule and wrapping up another championship.[1]

For 2008, AF Corse expanded to a three car team in the GT2 class. Vilander and Bruni are retained in the lead car, while Biagi returns to the squad to be joined by Christian Montanari in the second entry. The third car will be run under the Advanced Engineering name, with Argentinian Matías Russo and Luís Pérez Companc.

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AF Corse's Ferrari F458 Italia GT2 at Zhuhai International Circuit.

In 2010, the FIA GT Championship was dissolved and two new championships were born from it. The GT1 class of the former series became the FIA GT1 World Championship while the GT2 class formed the FIA GT2 European Championship. The GT2 series was suspended due to lack of entries. As a result, the AF Corse team joined the Le Mans Series. For the 2010 season, the team fielded three Ferrari F430 GT2s for the series' GT2 class. Drivers Matías Russo and Luís Pérez Companc campaigned the #94 Ferrari with Toni Vilander and former Grand Prix drivers Jean Alesi and Giancarlo Fisichella in the #95. ALMS regulars, with the Risi Competizione team, Jaime Melo and Gianmaria Bruni drove the Ferrari #96.

In 2011 AF Corse entered the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup with brand new Ferrari 458 Italia GT2s as well as the FIA GT3 European Championship with Ferrari 458 Italia GT3s. AF Corse won the ILMC in the GTE-Pro category, including the final round at Petit Le Mans. It also won the FIA GT3 driver's championship with Francisco Catellaci and Federico Leo.

The team also joined the International GT Open for the 2010 season in the Super GT class, which is largely reminiscent of the GT2 rules in the Le Mans Series. The team fields two Ferrari GT2 cars for drivers Jack Gerber & Rui Águas in the #6 car and Pierre Kaffer and Álvaro Barba in the #8 Ferrari. AF Corse will also field a third Ferrari (#7) for the AT Racing team with drivers Alexander Talkanitsa and his son Alexander Talkanitsa, Jr.

For 2012, AF Corse competed in a variety of sports car championships throughout Europe and globally, including the FIA World Endurance Championship and GT1 World Championship with Ferrari F458 Italia GT2s and Ferrari F458 Italia GT3s, including a co-branded for GTE-Am class car with Michael Waltrip Racing, AF Waltrip. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, amateur driver Piergiuseppe Perazzini collided with the No. 8 Toyota driven by overall-contender Anthony Davidson, sending the Toyota airborne at the Mulsanne Corner. Perazzini's Ferrari also flipped and landed on its roof after hitting the tyre barrier. Davidson suffered two broken vertebrae in the crash but was able to pull himself from the car in the immediate aftermath of the accident - though of course he was forced to abandon the race.[4]

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Entrant No Car Drivers Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2008 Italy AF Corse 78 Ferrari F430 GT2 Italy Thomas Biagi
Finland Toni Vilander
San Marino Christian Montanari
GT2 111 DNF DNF
2009 Italy AF Corse 78 Ferrari F430 GT2 Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Argentina Luis Pérez Companc
Argentina Matías Russo
GT2 317 26th 6th
2010 Italy AF Corse SRL 95 Ferrari F430 GT2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
France Jean Alesi
Finland Toni Vilander
LMGT2 323 16th 4th
96 Ferrari F430 GT2 Argentina Luis Pérez Companc
Argentina Matías Russo
Finland Mika Salo
LMGT2 - DNS DNS
2011 Italy AF Corse SRL 51 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Finland Toni Vilander
LMGTE Pro 314 13th 2nd
61 Ferrari F430 GT2 Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Italy Marco Cioci
Republic of Ireland Seán Paul Breslin
LMGTE Am 188 DNF DNF
71 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 United States Robert Kauffman
United States Michael Waltrip
Portugal Rui Águas
LMGTE Pro 178 DNF DNF
2012 Italy AF Corse 51 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Finland Toni Vilander
LMGTE Pro 336 17th 1st
Italy AF Corse-Waltrip 61 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 United States Robert Kauffman
United States Brian Vickers
Portugal Rui Águas
LMGTE Am 294 31st 6th
Italy AF Corse 71 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Italy Andrea Bertolini
Monaco Olivier Beretta
Italy Marco Cioci
LMGTE Pro 326 22nd 4th
81 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Italy Niki Cadei
Republic of Ireland Matt Griffin
LMGTE Am 70 DNF DNF
2013 Italy AF Corse 51 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Italy Matteo Malucelli
LMGTE Pro 311 21st 5th
54 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 France Yannick Mallégol
France Jean-Marc Bachelier
United States Howard Blank
LMGTE Am 147 DNF DNF
55 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Italy Lorenzo Casè
Hong Kong Darryl O'Young
LMGTE Am 305 27th 2nd
61 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 South Africa Jack Gerber
Republic of Ireland Matt Griffin
Italy Marco Cioci
LMGTE Am 305 27th 3rd
71 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Monaco Olivier Beretta
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Finland Toni Vilander
LMGTE Pro 312 20th 4th
2014 Italy AF Corse 51 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Finland Toni Vilander
LMGTE Pro 339 15th 1st
60 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 United States Peter Ashley Mann
Italy Lorenzo Casè
Italy Raffaele Giammaria
LMGTE Am 115 DNF DNF
61 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Argentina Luís Pérez Companc
Italy Marco Cioci
Italy Mirko Venturi
LMGTE Am 331 22nd 3rd
62 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 France Yannick Mallégol
France Jean-Marc Bachelier
United States Howard Blank
LMGTE Am 295 38th 14th
71 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Italy Davide Rigon
Germany Pierre Kaffer
Monaco Olivier Beretta
LMGTE Pro 28 DNF DNF
81 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Australia Stephen Wyatt
Italy Michele Rugolo
United Kingdom Sam Bird
LMGTE Am 22 DNF DNF
2015 Italy AF Corse 71 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Italy Davide Rigon
United Kingdom James Calado
Monaco Olivier Beretta
LMGTE Pro 332 21 2nd
51 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Finland Toni Vilander
LMGTE Pro 330 25th 3rd
83 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 France François Perrodo
France Emmanuel Collard
Portugal Rui Águas
LMGTE Am 330 26th 4th
61 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 United States Peter Ashley Mann

Italy Raffaele Giammaria
Italy Matteo Cressoni

LMGTE Am 326 31st 5th
55 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 United Kingdom Duncan Cameron
United Kingdom Alex Mortimer
Republic of Ireland Matt Griffin
LMGTE Am 241 DNF DNF
2016 Italy AF Corse 51 Ferrari 488 GTE Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
United Kingdom James Calado
LMGTE Pro 179 DNF DNF
71 Ferrari 488 GTE Italy Davide Rigon
Italy Andrea Bertolini
United Kingdom Sam Bird
LMGTE Pro 143 DNF DNF
83 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 France François Perrodo
France Emmanuel Collard
Portugal Rui Águas
LMGTE Am 331 27th 2nd
55 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 United Kingdom Duncan Cameron
United Kingdom Aaron Scott
Republic of Ireland Matt Griffin
LMGTE Am 289 43rd 11th
2017 Italy AF Corse 71 Ferrari 488 GTE Italy Davide Rigon
United Kingdom Sam Bird
Spain Miguel Molina
LMGTE Pro 339 21st 5th
51 Ferrari 488 GTE United Kingdom James Calado
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
Italy Michele Rugolo
LMGTE Pro 312 46th 11th
2018 Italy AF Corse 52 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo Finland Toni Vilander
Brazil Pipo Derani
Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
LMGTE Pro 341 20th 5th
51 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo United Kingdom James Calado
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
Brazil Daniel Serra
LMGTE Pro 339 22nd 7th
71 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo Italy Davide Rigon
United Kingdom Sam Bird
Spain Miguel Molina
LMGTE Pro 338 24th 9th
2019 Italy AF Corse 51 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo United Kingdom James Calado
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
Brazil Daniel Serra
LMGTE Pro 342 20th 1st
71 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo Italy Davide Rigon
United Kingdom Sam Bird
Spain Miguel Molina
LMGTE Pro 140 DNF DNF

AF Corse-Waltrip

United States AF Course-Waltrip
Founded2011
Folded2013
Team principal(s)Michael Waltrip
Rob Kauffman
Former series(2011-2012) FIA World Endurance Championship
(2012-2013) United SportsCar Championship
Noted driversUnited States Michael Waltrip (WEC/USCC)
United States Rob Kauffman (WEC/USCC)
Portugal Rui Águas (WEC/USCC)
United States Travis Pastrana (USCC)
United States Brian Vickers (WEC)
United States Clint Bowyer (USCC)

AF Corse-Waltrip, also known as AF Waltrip, is a former professional sportscar team. The company was a 50–50 partnership between Michael Waltrip Racing NASCAR co-owners Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman. In 2011 Michael Waltrip Racing entered into a technical alliance with AF Corse to provide them sportscars to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship and Tudor United SportsCar Championship (formerly Rolex Sports Car Series). AF Course-Waltrip shut down their sportscar team in 2013 to concentrate on NASCAR.

Racing Results

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Class Car Engine Driver No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 LMGTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 61 SEB SPA LMS SIL SÃO BHR FUJ SHA 4th1 1081
Portugal Rui Águas 4 DNS 4 2 4
United States Rob Kauffman 4 DNS 4 2 4
United States Michael Waltrip 4
United States Brian Vickers DNS 4 2
Italy Marco Cioci 1 4
Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini 1
Republic of Ireland Matt Griffin 1
Brazil Enrique Bernoldi 3
Brazil Xandy Negrão 3
Brazil Francisco Longo 3

^1 There was no drivers championship that year, the result indicates team rank in the LMGTE Am Trophy.

Rolex Sports Car Series Points

Year Class Car Engine Driver No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
2012 GT Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 56 DAY BIR HOM NJ BEL LEX ELK WAT IMS WAT MON LGA LIM
Portugal Rui Águas 35 11 14 15
United States Robert Kauffman 35 11 14 15
United States Travis Pastrana 35
United States Michael Waltrip 35
2013 GT Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 56 DAY TXS BIR ATL BEL LEX WAT IMS ELK KAN LGA LIM
Portugal Rui Águas 17 14 14
United States Robert Kauffman 17 14 14
United States Clint Bowyer 17
United States Michael Waltrip 17

References

  1. ^ a b "2007 Champions". FIA GT Championship. Archived from the original on 27 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
  2. ^ "Team Biography: AF Corse Motorola". FIA GT Championship. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
  3. ^ "2006 Champions". FIA GT Championship. Archived from the original on 27 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
  4. ^ "Anthony Davidson breaks back after Le Mans 24 Hour accident". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013.

External links

2009 FIA GT Championship

The 2009 FIA GT Championship season was the thirteenth season of the FIA GT Championship for grand tourer cars competing in the GT1 and GT2 categories. The season began 3 May, and ended 25 October after eight races. This was also the final season of a combined GT1 and GT2 championship before the launch of the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2010.

Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati drivers Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini successfully defended their GT1 Championships, pulling clear of the rivals in the final two events of the season after a close battle with the Peka Racing Chevrolet team of Anthony Kumpen and Mike Hezemans. Bartels and Bertolini won races at Adria International Raceway and Hungaroring in the way to the title, a third championship each for the pair. With the assistance of Miguel Ramos and Alex Müller in the team's second Maserati MC12 GT1, Vitaphone Racing Team also secured the Teams Championship.

In the lower specification GT2 category, former Porsche Supercup champion Richard Westbrook won the GT2 championship, driving a Prospeed Competition Porsche. Westbrook won the title by just two points over AF Corse Ferrari pairing of Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander. Controversially Westbrook was split from his season long partner Emmanuel Collard at the final round, swapping cars with Brixia Racing driver Marco Holzer in a successful attempt to maximise Porsche's chances of defeating the Ferrari pairing. AF Corse, with the help of the team's second car of Álvaro Barba and Niki Cadei, did defeat Prospeed in the teams championship. CRS Racing driver Chris Niarchos was awarded the Citation Cup for amateur drivers.

2012 6 Hours of Bahrain

The 2012 6 Hours of Bahrain was an auto race held at Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain on Saturday 29 September 2012. It was the inaugural running of the 6 Hours of Bahrain and the sixth round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

The race was dominated by Audi Sport Team Joest who swept to a 1-2 victory with Benoît Tréluyer, Marcel Fässler and André Lotterer taking a one lap win over the Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen. Nicolas Lapierre for Toyota lead early in the race only to pit with faulty number plate illumination, losing over ten minutes in the pits before ultimately retired after a collision. The Strakka Racing HPD claimed third, six laps behind the winners.

The LMP2 category was won by the Pecom Racing Oreca 03 driven by Pierre Kaffer, Nicolas Minassian and Luís Pérez Companc, who held a two lap gap over the bulk of the class Signatech's of Jordan Tresson, Olivier Lombard and Franck Mailleux finished in second place. The AF Corse Ferrari pair of Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella won LMGTE Pro by a lap over Aston Martin Racing, which allowed AF Corse to wrap up the class championship. AF Corse's Olivier Beretta, driving another Ferrari, was excluded from the event after making avoidable contact with Greaves Motorsports' Ricardo González. Porsche won LMGTE Am class with the Team Felbermayr-Proton 997 of Christian Ried, Gianluca Roda and Paolo Ruberti leading by a lap over the Waltrip Ferrari.

2013 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

The 2013 WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps was an endurance race held at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium on 3—4 May 2013, and the annual running of the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. It was the second round of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship season. Defending World Champions André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer and Marcel Fässler led a clean sweep of the overall race podium for Audi, while Pecom Racing were victorious in the LMP2 category. The No. 51 car of AF Corse won the LMGTE Pro class, and 8 Star Motorsports won in LMGTE Am.

2014 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

The 2014 WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, formally known as the WEC 6 Heures de Spa-Francorchamps, was an endurance sports car racing event held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium on 2–3 May 2014. Spa-Francorchamps served as the second race of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. Toyota's Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, and Nicolas Lapierre led the field to the checkered flag for their second consecutive victory of the season, ahead of Audi and the sister Toyota. The LMP2 category also had its second consecutive winner with G-Drive Racing ahead of Jota Sport's guest entry in the series. AF Corse Ferrari held off Porsche Team Manthey in the LMGTE Pro class, while another AF Corse Ferrari won the LMGTE Am category ahead of two Aston Martins.

2014 FIA World Endurance Championship

The 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season was the third season of the FIA World Endurance Championship auto racing series, co-organized by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO). The series was open to Le Mans Prototypes and grand tourer-style racing cars from four ACO categories. World Championship titles were awarded for Le Mans Prototypes drivers and for LMP1 manufacturers, and several World Endurance Cups and Endurance Trophies were also awarded. The eight race series began in April at the Silverstone Circuit and concluded in November at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace.

The World Endurance Championship for Drivers was won by Toyota Racing pairing Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi, as they won four of the season's eight races. Davidson and Buemi finished as champions by 39 points, ahead of Audi Sport Team Joest trio Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer, who won successive races at Le Mans and the Circuit of the Americas. Ten points further behind in third place, was the Porsche Team's Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb. With their victory in São Paulo, Dumas, Jani and Lieb gained the tie-break over Audi Sport Team Joest's Lucas di Grassi and Tom Kristensen. The season's other event was won by the sister Toyota team of Mike Conway, Stéphane Sarrazin and Alexander Wurz in Bahrain, while Nicolas Lapierre was a part of the winning team at Silverstone and Spa with Davidson and Buemi. With five wins, Toyota won the World Endurance Championship for Manufacturers, 45 points ahead of Audi. Rebellion Racing won the two privateer trophies on offer for the LMP1-L cars, winning all eight races; five wins for the No. 12 entry of Mathias Beche, Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost, with three wins for the sister No. 13 entry of Andrea Belicchi, Dominik Kraihamer and Fabio Leimer.

Consistent finishing within the LMP2 class was enough to give the No. 27 entry from SMP Racing the FIA Endurance Trophy for the class, while Sergey Zlobin won the drivers' championship. Despite only winning at Le Mans – which awarded double points, where he was partnered with Anton Ladygin and Mika Salo – Zlobin, achieved six podium finishes with four different teammates and won the championship by nine points. G-Drive Racing, with drivers Julien Canal, Olivier Pla and Roman Rusinov won four races, but retirements at Le Mans and São Paulo ultimately denied them the titles. Similarly, seven points further in arrears, KCMG with drivers Richard Bradley and Matthew Howson won three races but also suffered two retirements at Le Mans and Shanghai. Tsugio Matsuda (Circuit of the Americas) and Alexandre Imperatori (Bahrain and São Paulo) were also part of winning KCMG teams, but did not contest the whole season.

In the GT element of the series, the World Endurance Cup was won by AF Corse and drivers Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander. Bruni and Vilander took 4 victories during the season, and finished 33.5 points clear of the next best driver Frédéric Makowiecki, driving for Porsche Team Manthey. Makowiecki won twice during the season, winning with Marco Holzer and Richard Lietz at Silverstone, and with Patrick Pilet in Shanghai. Lietz and Pilet finished third and fourth in the standings respectively. The only other winners in the GT standings as a whole, was Aston Martin Racing at the Circuit of the Americas and São Paulo, with drivers Stefan Mücke and Darren Turner. In the Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Pro teams standings, AF Corse finished 20 points clear of Porsche Team Manthey. In the separate sub-classifications for the LMGTE amateur class, Aston Martin Racing won seven out of the eight races, to take a 1–2 in the teams' championship. In the drivers' championship, David Heinemeier Hansson and Kristian Poulsen won the title with four wins and four second places. They finished 34 points clear of the sister entry of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Christoffer Nygaard, who won a trio of races. Third place went to Nicki Thiim, 20 points further adrift, who was a part of the Heinemeier Hansson-Poulsen entry at 5 events. The season's other winners were AF Corse at Spa, with drivers Marco Cioci, Luís Pérez Companc and Mirko Venturi.

2015 GT Sports Club

The 2015 GT Sports Club is the first season of the SRO Group's GT Sports Club, an auto racing series for grand tourer cars. The GT Sports Club is a championship for Bronze and Iron drivers only. Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze indicate how professional a driver is. The SRO introduced the new "Iron" categorisation within the Bronze category, for drivers over the age of 60. All drivers must participate with GT3-spec cars, RACB G3 cars or GTE-spec cars. The series maiden race weekend was from 17 to 19 April during the Espíritu de Montjuïc event at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Max Bianchi won the first overall championship and Martin Lanting won the Iron Cup after the last race of the championship at Misano.

2016 Blancpain GT Series

The 2016 Blancpain GT Series was the third season of the Blancpain GT Series. The season started on 10 April in Misano and ended on 2 October in Barcelona. The season featured ten rounds, five Endurance Cup rounds and five Sprint Cup rounds.

2016 Blancpain GT Sports Club

The 2016 Blancpain GT Sports Club was the second season of the SRO Group's Blancpain GT Sports Club, an auto racing series for grand tourer cars. The Blancpain GT Sports Club is a championship for Bronze and Iron drivers only. The "Iron" categorisation is within the Bronze category, for drivers over the age of 60. All drivers must participate with GT3-spec cars, RACB G3 cars or GTE-spec cars.

2016 FIA World Endurance Championship

The 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season was the fifth edition of the FIA World Endurance Championship auto racing series co-organised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO). The series was open to Le Mans Prototypes and grand tourer-style racing cars meeting four ACO categories. The season began at the Silverstone Circuit in April and ended at the Bahrain International Circuit in November, and included the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This season was also the last WEC season for Audi Sport Team Joest as they decided not to race in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship Season.

2017 Blancpain GT Sports Club

The 2017 Blancpain GT Sports Club was the third season of the SRO Group's Blancpain GT Sports Club, an auto racing series for grand tourer cars. The Blancpain GT Sports Club is a championship for Bronze and Iron drivers only. The "Iron" categorisation is within the Bronze category, for drivers over the age of 60. All drivers must participate with GT3-spec cars, RACB G3 cars or GTE-spec cars.

2018 Blancpain GT Sports Club

The 2018 Blancpain GT Sports Club was the fourth season of the SRO Motorsports Group's Blancpain GT Sports Club, an auto racing series for grand tourer cars. The Blancpain GT Sports Club is a championship for Bronze, Titanium and Iron drivers only. The Titanium categorisation is within the Bronze category, for drivers between the age of 50 and 59. The Iron categorisation is within the Bronze category, for drivers over the age of 60. The races are contested with GT3-spec, RACB G3, GTE-spec and Trophy cars.

Alessandro Pier Guidi

Alessandro Pier Guidi (born December 18, 1983) is a racing driver from Italy. He drove two races for the Italian A1 Team. Ferrari factory driver since 2017, he won LMGTE-PRO 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship and 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans

Pier Guidi drove a Ferrari 430 GT in the Spanish GT Championship and Italian GT Championship in 2005 and 2006, for the Scuderia Playteam. He won the 2005 Italian title, but missed out on the Spanish crown due to missing one race alongside team owner Giambasttista Giannocaro. In 2007 he moved to the FIA GT Championship, driving a Maserati MC12. He has also driven in the Italian Formula 3000 Championship.

In 2008 he drove the Galatasaray SK car in the Superleague Formula, scoring three podium finishes and taking the team to eighth overall in the final standings.

In 2014, driving a Level 5 Motorsport Ferrari F458 Italia, he won the GT Daytona (GTD) class at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, one of the premier motor races in the American Tudor United SportsCar Championship.

In 2017, Ferrari reached a technical and racing agreement with Alessandro Pier Guidi. The Italian driver competed in the 2017 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) pairing up with James Calado in the 488

GTE no. 51 managed on the track by the AF Corse team. Currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship for AF Corse, he is the current World Champion, alongside his fellow James Calado, in LMGTE Pro class, after winning the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Pier Guidi will thus join the other official Ferrari GT race drivers.

Davide Rigon

Davide Rigon (born 26 August 1986) is an Italian professional racing driver. Rigon is currently part of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One test driver team.

Giancarlo Fisichella

Giancarlo Fisichella (Italian pronunciation: [dʒaŋˈkarlo fiziˈkɛlla]; born 14 January 1973), also known as Fisico, Giano or Fisi, is an Italian professional racing driver. He has driven in Formula One for Minardi, Jordan, Benetton, Sauber, Renault, Force India and Ferrari. Since then he has driven for AF Corse in their Ferrari 458 GTE at various sportscar events, becoming twice a Le Mans 24 Hour class winner, and a GT class winner of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. He was also Ferrari's F1 reserve driver for 2010.

Fisichella won three races in his Formula One career, the first of which was at the chaotic 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix, a race abandoned for safety reasons with 15 laps remaining. After several days of confusion regarding rules and technicalities, Fisichella was eventually declared the winner in the following week, and collected his trophy in an unofficial ceremony at the following race. He was brought into the Renault team to replace fellow Italian Jarno Trulli, and won his first race with the team in Australia in 2005. However, after that race it was his teammate, the Spanish driver Fernando Alonso, that would win the greater share of races for Renault. Although highly rated as a driver, Fisichella was unable to keep pace with eventual champion Alonso, managing just one further race win following his debut. Outside of driving, he has backed his own GP2 team, FMS International.

On 17 June 2012 Fisichella won the GTE Pro division of the Le Mans 24hrs for AF Corse and followed this up with the Manufacturers' title in the WEC at the end of the season.

Gianmaria Bruni

Gianmaria "Gimmi" Bruni (born 30 May 1981) is an Italian Porsche factory auto racing driver who drove in the 2004 Formula One World Championship for Minardi. He is a GP2 Series race winner and is now racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, in which he gained the 2013 and 2014 GT Drivers' Titles whilst driving as a factory Ferrari driver. He won the 2008 FIA GT Championship, 2011 Le Mans Series and 2012 International GT Open and took three class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 2008, 2012 and 2014. He also was successful at the 2009 and 2015 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, 2010 12 Hours of Sebring and 2011 Petit Le Mans.

International GT Open

The International GT Open is a grand tourer-style sports car racing series founded in 2006 by the Spanish GT Sport Organización. It is a spin-off of the Spanish GT Championship, and uses a similar format, except its races are held internationally.

James Calado

James John Calado (born 13 June 1989) is a British professional racing driver from England, currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship for AF Corse, winner in LMGTE Pro class of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship and 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans . His career has been funded by the Racing Steps Foundation.

Sam Bird

Sam Jamie Bird (born 9 January 1987) is a British professional racing driver who currently drives for Envision Virgin Racing in Formula E and for AF Corse in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Toni Vilander

Toni Markus Vilander (born 25 July 1980) is a Finnish professional racing driver who currently drives for the Risi Competizione Ferrari team in various categories of sports car racing.

After a single-seater career which reached the level of the GP2 Series in 2005, Vilander switched to GT racing. He has had numerous success with AF Corse, winning the 2012 and 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTE-PRO class races with former grand prix drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Gianmaria Bruni, and also the GT2 class championship within the FIA GT Championship in 2007 and 2008.

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