AF Corse starts its new challenge in the FIA GT1 World Championship this weekend in Nogaro (Paul Armagnac circuit, France), the first race of the prestigious championship managed by SRO. The two Ferrari 458 Italia and the drivers, are ready to hit the track for Friday’s practice session, considering the unusual timetable of the event with the final race on Monday afternoon.
The drivers of the Italian squad cannot wait to start fighting for the lead of the World GT, thanks to their talent, the fast Ferrari 458 Italia and the experience of the team. The cars will be driven by the European FIA GT3 champion in 2011, Francesco Castellacci (Italia) with the number 3 of that same championship Enzo Ide (Belgium) and by Filip Salaquarda (Czech Republic) and Toni Vilander (Finland), a combination of experience and talent in a right international mix.
The FIA GT1 World Championship will be held over 10 worldwide events. The competition will be a combination of fast drivers, best GT cars and the most professional teams.
Enzo Ide: “I’m really looking forward to the start of the championship. Testing is one thing, racing another. The testing days in Vallelunga and Nogaro have been extremely important, because everything is new to me: the car, the team, the team mates… I’m very glad that things worked out very well and I think I might say that I’m in one of the best GT teams in the world. AF Corse is very competitive and working with them means already kind of a victory to me. Francesco and I will get support from the engineer who works with the former F1 drivers and AF Corse works drivers Bruni and Fisichella in the World Endurance Championship. He’s very experienced and will help us to go faster. My testing pace was good, but there is still margin to improve. It’s good that we tested on the Nogaro track as that allowed me to get to know this circuit before the weekend.”
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