AF Corse’s Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado won the GTE Pro class in Sunday’s FIA WEC Six Hours of Nurburgring in their No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE. Teammates Sam Bird and Davide Rigon turned up second in GTE Pro in their No. 71 488, giving the squad its second 1-2 finish so far in 2016.
The Ferraris initially struggled for pace, with the pole sitting No. 95 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE leading for much of the day. This forced the team to go off strategy, pitting the No. 51 car early and helping it to move into second. After two more pit stops under full course caution, Bruni managed to work his way around the No. 95 Aston Martin to take first during a double stint.
In the final hour, Bird and Rigon took advantage of yet another full course yellow and pitted to pass the No. 95 Aston Martin as well, which had pitted under green flag conditions. Both Ferraris then easily kept the No. 95 at bay to take their third victory in four races.
The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing squad and their two Ford GTs struggled, with Aston Martin’s Thiim passing No. 66 Ford driver Olivier Pla with 20 minutes to go after the Frenchman was served a drive through penalty for a pit road rules violation. The No. 67 Ford sister car was retired in the second hour after it caught fire while attempting to refuel.
With AF Corse’s 1-2, Ferrari now sits eight points clear of Aston Martin in FIA WEC GT manufacturer’ standings. Rigon and Bird are also just two points behind Ford’s Stefan Mucke and Pla in the driver’s standings, while AF Corse is just two points behind Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the team standings.
The next round of the FIA WEC is the 6 Hours of Mexico on September 3rd. Click here for full results from the 6 Hours of Nurburgring.