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FIA WEC: titles for Bruni, Vilander and AF Corse with the Ferrari 458 Italia

SAKIR, November 15th – Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander, in the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia #51, are champions in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). AF Corse, consecutively for the third year, take the GTE Pro Team’s crown. The extraordinary outcome is at the end of the “6 Hour of Bahrain”, penultimate round in the WEC. Thanks the new title, Bruni gain an historic hat-trick: from the very beginning of the Wec, Gimmi is always on top in the GT category. Toni Vilander wins the important title for the first time in his carreer. The Amato Ferrari-run squad pretty much owns this trophy having won the teams’ title since WEC came into being. Record after record.

THE RACE - Gimmi Bruni’s #51 AF Corse Ferrari, second on the grid, got the jump on the #97 Aston Martin at the start. During the race, due to the pit stop, the position alternated however the Italian-Finnish duo ran ever for the highest step of the podium. After three hours of racing, now Vilander at the wheel, the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia continued to hold the lead in the GTE Pro category thanks the great skills of both drivers and the perfect strategy at the wall. The facts went ahead in this way up to the end with the first place and the titles more and more real. Davide Rigon and James Calado, in the AF Corse Ferrari 458 #71, raced with a very good pace and took the third place under the chequered flag gaining a new podium. The result adds points in the Manufactures GT Championship: Ferrari still has to take the constructors’ crown.

GTE AM CATEGORY – The success came too in the GTE Am category. Steve Wyatt, Michele Rugolo and Andrea Bertolini, in their AF Corse Ferrari 458 #81, took the “silver medal” at the end of an hard-fought race. Fifth place for Gianluca Roda, Paolo Ruberti and Matteo Cressoni in the 8 Star Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia #90 (managed by AF Corse). Alexander Talkanitsa, Jeff Segal and Alessandro Pier Guidi finished the race in sixth position in the AF Corse Ferrari #61.

The last round of the FIA WEC 2014 will be in Brasil with the “6 Hours of Sao Paulo”, November 30th.

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