“Racing is about winning and losing”
A difficult race for AF Corse team in GTE Pro category
3rd May 2015 – SPA Francorchamps. Everything suggested a great race-day for AF Corse team, but things went not always as smoothly as they should be. Inconveniences tricked both Ferrari #51 and #71 in LMGTE Pro category. Good results for AF Corse in LMGTE Am.
GTE Pro – Aston Martin didn’t sparkled at Silverstone, for sure. But this time at the 6h of SPA it really gave it all. Our Ferrari number 51 (Bruni-Vilander) started from the second place on the grind, straight behind Aston Martin number 99, but it soon slid on the third position undergoing the pressure of two Aston Martins. Bruni scored one best lap after the other, but he didn’t manage to attack on the straight line, due to the extreme speed of the opponents. Even Ferrari number 71 led by Calado-Rigon had a bloody Sunday. After 3 hours Davide Rigon had an accident while trying to overtake a Porsche and ended the race with a seventh place.
Their team companions leading Ferrari number 51 didn’t meet better chances. After a masterful stint Toni Vilander handed the race’s destiny over Bruni’s skillful hands. The Italian driver truly closed the gap (as he did at Silverstone) overtaking both Aston Martin number 97 led by Turner-Mücke-Bell and Aston Martin number 99 driven by MacDowall-Stanaway-Rees. But Bruni didn’t hold the pole for long. An imperfect pit-stop (a mechanic lost the control of one of the tires during the tire change) was punished with 1 minute of stop & go penalty. AF Corse faced 60 seconds of pure agony which forced Ferrari number 51 to an ungrateful fourth place. So, as a recap, the race was won by Macdowall-Rees-Stanaway’s Aston Martin, followed by the two Porsches.
GTE AM – In GTE AM category Ferrari scored very well. AF Corse made his first debut this year in this category with Ferrari number 83 led by Rui Aguas, François Perrodo ed Emmanuel Collard. At SPA Francorchamps dominated Aston Martin number 98 (Lana-Lamy-Lauda) but Ferrari number 83 is just a step behind it. That’s what we define a kick start.
Regarding our heroes in GTE Pro we would like to report Toni Vilander’s words after the race: “Racing is about winning and losing. This is the beauty of the sport. Thank you for the great support. Yesterday there were over 50.000 people at Francorchamps. Now we start preparing for the 24 hours of Le Mans.” That’s the right attitude. And we really appreciated the champion’s humility and sense of fair play. Now let’s see what will happen at the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans. Stay with us.