BIOGRAPHY

Toni Vilander was born in Kankaanpaa on 25 July 1980 and made his first steps in motorsport at the age of five. He began with karting, winning the Junior Finnish championship in 1995 and the German Oceanic series in 1999. In 2004, Vilander moved up to Formula 3 and in 2005, he took part in Formula 3000 and the Italian GT Championship, where he immediately took the title along with team-mate Alessandro Pier Guidi.

Again with Pier Guidi and Giambattista Giannoccaro, in 2006, Vilander won the GT1 class of the Italian GT Championship, while in 2007 and 2008, he won the GT2 class of the FIA GT championship, at the wheel of a Ferrari F430 GT2. In 2008, he also took part in the American Le Mans Series alongside Jaime Melo, at the wheel of a Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia, while in 2012 came victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours, alongside Giancarlo Fisichella and Gianmaria Bruni.

Since 2011, Vilander has continued to race an AF Corse 458 Italia GTE in the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2013 he partnered Kamui Kobayashi in the 458 Italia run by the AF Corse team in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). But he went on to take his only win of the year at Bahrain alongside “Gimmi” Bruni, helping the Roman to the drivers’ championship, along with the constructors’ crown for Ferrari and the teams’ title for AF Corse. The following year Toni was in a fixed pairing with Bruni, going on to take his first drivers’ GT title in the WEC and doubling up with glory for his team and constructor.

Among the duo’s four wins of the year the most prestigious was no doubt the Le Mans 24 Hours, which he won with the help of Giancarlo Fisichella. In 2015, still with Bruni, he won at Silverstone and Fuji in the WEC ranking 2nd among drivers. In 2016 he will compete in the IMSA SSC championship on the 488 GTE of team Risi Competizione. He will team up with Giancarlo Fisichella.