The full three-car driver crew for AF Corse’s GTE Pro attack at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been revealed, and it includes three newcomers to the Italian team’s effort.
In the team’s No. 51 488 GTE, former Dunlop development driver and 2017 Le Mans winner (with Aston Martin) Daniel Serra will join the full-season 2017 WEC-winning duo of Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado. This confirms another Ferrari drive for the Brazillian, who has competed with Spirit of Race at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Last year’s driver lineup for the The No. 71 car will be reunited as Sam Bird and Davide Rigon are once again joined by Miguel Molina.
AF’s third car, which is a one-off entry for Le Mans, features current Pirelli World Challenge R.Ferri driver and former Le Mans class winner Toni Vilander, ex-GP2 ace Antonio Giovanazzi (who has WEC experience from 2016 when he competed with ESM in LMP2) and Daytona and Sebring winner Pipo Derani, who competed with Ford at La Sarthe in 2017.
Giancarlo Fisichella, another Ferrari factory driver who drove last year at Le Mans with Risi Competizione, and in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will still be on the grid, albeit not in Pro. The Italian will drive with Spirit of Race, which is run by AF Corse, in the GTE Am class for the full 2018/19 ‘Super Season’ which includes the next two runnings of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
There’s no confirmation on whether any of the additions to AF Corse’s roster will compete at any other FIA WEC events during the ‘Super Season.’