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FIA WEC, Spa: avalanche of victories and podium for the Ferrari 458 Italia GT2

SPA, May 5th – Giancarlo Fisichella and Gianmaria Bruni in the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 won the “6 Hours of Spa” (GTE Pro category); Kamui Kobayashi and Toni Vilander were third (GTE Pro) in their No.71 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2; Enzo Potolicchio, Rui Aguas and Matteo Malucelli took their No. 81 8Star Motorsports 458 Italia GT2 (managed by AF Corse) to the first step on the podium (GTE Am category). A stratospheric result to the second race of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

Starting from second on the grid, Fisichella-Bruni and their No. 51 Ferrari moved into the lead 20 minutes later; from that moment on, the top of the GTE Pro saw a series of continuous reversals with Fisichella-Bruni on several occasions giving way to teammates in the No. 71 Ferrari and No. 98 Aston Martin. In the challenge for first position of the No.51 Ferrari 458, two “stop and go” incidents played a pivotal role (the first for not respecting the track limits, and the second for overtaking behind the Safety Car), as well as some unlucky incidents (among these, the collision with a Porsche) and the Safety Car. Neverthless, the drivers’ skill, right strategy, and competence of the team enabled the car to continue and reach the top result.

Different was the race of the other winning Ferrari, the No.81 8Star Motorsports 458 Italia GT2. Potolicchio, Aguas and Malucelli started from the second position on the grid. The trio grabbed the lead of the GTE Am for the first time on the fifth lap, maintaining it from then on. No one could match their pace and their rivals were given no chance. 

Remaining in the GTE Am, the No.54 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 driven by Howard Blank, Yannick Mallegol and Jean Marc Bachelier came 8th; the trio has debuted in the FIA WEC. In 9th place was the No.61 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 with a squad composed of Jack Gerber, Marco Cioci, and Matt Griffin. Their race was affected by a problem with the driveshaft; after just 30 minutes in its garage, the car re-joined the race.

In the GT Manufactures classification, Ferrari is leading with 71 points. AF Corse is second among the GTE Pro Team with 36 points (5 points off the leader, Aston Martin Racing). 8Star Motorsports is second in the GTE Am Team classification (4 points off the leader, Aston Martin Racing). In the FIA Endurance Trophy GT Drivers, Fisichella and Bruni are third with 36 points, Kobayashi and Vilander are fourth with 33 (in the first position there is Bruno Senna with 44 points). In the FIA Endurance Trophy GTE Am Drives, Potolicchio and Aguas are second with 40 points (4 points off the leaders, Simonsen, Nygaard and Poulsen); Malucelli has 25 points in fourth position (he raced only at Spa). Gerber-Cioci-Griffin have the eighth place (6 points) and Blank-Mallegol-Bachelier are ninth (4 points).

FIA WEC 2013

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