Maranello, 30 May 2017 – The 24 Hours of Le Mans is among the best-known car races in the world, the race that all constructors, teams, and drivers want to win. Eleven Ferrari 488 GTEs will be racing, three in the GTE-Pro class, and eight in the GTE-Am class. The journey of Ferrari.com to discover the Prancing Horse crews competing at Le Mans starts with the GTE-Am class, and specifically with car No. 54 of the Spirit of Race team.
The team. Spirit of Race is an AF Corse offshoot founded in 2014 for American competitions but that now also races in Asia and Europe. It made its debut in the 24 Hours of Daytona 2014 and some of its biggest triumphs include that at Zhuhai in the Asian Le Mans Series 2016-17 with Marco Cioci, Nasrat Muzayyin and Rui Aguas, in the 6 Hours of Vallelunga 2016 with Cioci, Alexander Moiseev and Giancarlo Fisichella and at the 24 Hours of Barcelona in 2016 with Alexander Coigny, Gino Forgione, David Iradj-Alexander and Tom Dyer.
Beretta. Olivier Beretta was born on 23 November 1969 in Monte Carlo. After making his debut in karts in 1983, he switched to the French Formula 3 championship in 1989 and then Formula 3000 two years later. He drove in Formula 1 for the Larrousse team in 1994 and as a test driver with Williams in 2003 and 2004, before switching to the world of endurance racing in 2005. He is one oof the most winning drivers and raced at Le Mans already 20 times winning seven editions with Chrysler and Chevrolet. He was runner-up in 2015 in the AF Corse No. 71 458 Italia GTE alongside Davide Rigon and James Calado.
Castellacci. Francesco Castellacci De Villanova made his GT debut in 2010, winning the 2011 Euro GT3 championship along with Federico Leo at the wheel of the 458 Italia of AF Corse. The pair stood out for their tactical intelligence and consistent results, so much so that they took the title with just one victory at Silverstone to their names. In 2014 he made a decisive contribution to Andrea Rizzoli and Stefano Gai winning the Pro-Am title of the Blancpain Endurance Series in the 458 Italia GT3 of the Scuderia Villorba Corse. In 2017 he is competing in the WEC together with Flohr and Miguel Molina in Spirit of Race car no. 54.
Flohr. Thomas Flohr, a Swiss driver and businessman, debuted in GT races in 2012 at the 6 Hours of Vallelunga in a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 of Kessel Racing, finishing seventh with Castellacci.Over the years, his improvement has been impressive with a first win in the GTC class at the 4-Hour Spielberg of 2016 along with Castellacci and Stuart Hall. In 2017 he is making his WEC debut with the Ferrari 488 GTE of Spirit of Race.