24H of Le Mans – Discovering the AF Corse #71 488 GTE

15 June 2017

24H of Le Mans – Discovering the AF Corse #71 488 GTE

Le Mans, 15 June 2017 – Ferrari.com brings you to discover the Ferrari crews entered in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Here, we talk about the the 488 GTE #71 by AF Corse driven by the Davide Rigon and Sam Bird that has won the last race before the 24 Hours, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. In this occasion Davide and Sam will be joined by Miguel Molina, usually competing in the FIA WEC in GTE-Am class on the Spirit of Race 488 GTE.
 
The team. AF Corse has been one of Ferrari’s main clients’ teams for a number of years. The cooperation between Ferrari and AF Corse generated many of the GT successes during the past few years and all those obtained in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) since its inception in 2012. The first year brought the success among teams and constructors, as well as the win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans; in 2013, there was the triple title for drivers, teams, and constructors, e feat repeated in 2014 enriched by the success in the 24 Hours of Le Mans thanks to car No. 51 driven by “Gimmi” Bruni, Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella. In 2016 with the new 488 GTE AF Corse won for Ferrari the World Cup for Manufacturer.
 
Rigon. Born in Thiene (Vicenza) on 26 August 1986, Davide Rigon debuted in open wheel racing and entered the Ferrari orbit in 2008, when he started competing in GT racing with Prancing Horse cars winning the 24 hours of Spa-Francorchamps for BMS Scuderia Italia. In 2013 he contributed to the success of the 8 Stars Motorsport team in the GTE Am category of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in 2014 and 2015 he raced in the GTE-Pro class in car no. 71 AF Corse, paired with Britain’s James Calado. The duo took five podiums in 2014, making a decisive contribution to Ferrari winning the manufacturers’ title. In 2015 he came second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans while this year he won the first two races of the season. The following year Davide won two races alongside Sam Bird and was runner up in the Drivers’ standings.
 
Bird. Sam Bird was born on 9 January 1987 in Roehampton, near London. He started out in open wheel racing and debuted at the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2014 driving a Ferrari 458 AF Corse at Silverstone, finishing on the podium. He then competed with the same car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning pole position in the GTE-Am class. In 2015 Bird won the WEC title in the LMP2 class with four victories, three podiums and four pole positions. In 2016 he became an official Ferrari driver for GT racing, pairing up with Davide Rigon on the 488 GTE no. 71 AF Corse. The two were victorious at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps and ended up second in the Drivers’ standings.
 
Molina. Miguel Molina was born in Barcelona on 17 February 1989 and began competing in karts when he was seven years old. In 2005 he made his single-seater debut in Formula Renault trying his hand in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship the following year.He finished sixth in the championship standings that year, winning on his home track in Barcelona at the wheel of the car of Racing Engineering. In 2007 he competed in the World Series with Pons Racing notching up wins in Barcelona and Estoril and finishing seventh in the championship. The following year he moved to Formula 3.5 with Prema Powerteam where he bagged another two wins (the Nurburgring and Estoril) and finished fourth in the standings. As of 2010 he left single-seaters for covered wheel racing and the DTM. He drove Audis for various teams taking part in 87 races and winning three (at the Nürburgring in 2015, and Lausitzring and Hockenheim in 2016). He tasted GT competition for the first time competing in a number of Australian championship races with Jamec Pem Racing. In March 2017 he became an official Ferrari driver for GT competitions. This is his first 24 Hours of Le Mans.