Maranello, 27 June 2017 – Finnish driver Toni Vilander will replace Sam Bird in the Ferrari 488 GTE number 71 of AF Corse team at the 6 Hours of Nürburgring on July 16. Toni will race alongside Davide Rigon, while Bird will take part in the concurrent New York E-Prix.
It’s a return to the FIA World Endurance Championship for Vilander, who raced there since the 2012 season and earned nine victories, including two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, besides the 2014 Drivers’ title.
“I’m happy to be able to return to the FIA WEC with the 488 GTE of AF Corse team”, Toni Vilander stated, “This is my chance to cancel the disappointment of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as soon as possible. Car number 71 is in the top places of the championship standings, and I will give all I have to achieve the best possible result at Nürburgring, to help Ferrari in the Manufacturers’ Championship and Davide Rigon in the Drivers’ ranking”.