Ferrari and the new 488 GTE racecar claimed a 1-2 in Sunday’s 2016 FIA WEC season-opener, the 6 Hours of Silverstone. AF Corse’s Davie Rigon and Sam Bird led the effort, while their teammates Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni and James Calado slotted in behind them in second.
When the green flag came out, Rigon, starting from pole position, got the jump on second place’s Richard Lietz in the No. 77 Porsche 911 RSR to claim the lead. Bruni, starting from the back of the grid after suffering a technical issue in qualifying, also got away clean and soon found himself in a fight for fourth place.
After a strong stint by Bird, the No. 71 Ferrari 488 began to pull away from the No. 77 Porsche. The Porsche then suffered a suspension failure, putting it out of contention for the win. Shortly after, a Toyota LMP spread debris on the track, bringing out a safety car and bunching the field – much to Bruni’s delight.
Upon the restart, Calado began fighting with the two Ford GTs and easily overtook the pair. The No. 51 team later decided to stay out on worn tires rather than pitting, putting them in front of the No. 95 Aston Martin that occupied third. Bruni was able to hold the position, while his teammate Bird made first position stick through to the checkered flag.
The next race of the 2016 FIA WEC is the 6 Hours of Spa, to be held on May 7th. Click here for full results from Silverstone.