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AF Corse Set for Ferrari GTLM, GTD Entries at Daytona

AF Corse set to field GTLM, GTD Ferraris for Rolex 24 at Daytona…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

AF Corse has revealed plans to have two cars entered for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona with one Ferrari apiece in the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes. (En Français)

Team principal Amato Ferrari confirmed to Endurance-Info the U.S. presence for the opening round of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.

The Ferrari F458 Italia GTLM entry is expected to see Gianmaria Bruni, Emmanuel Collard, Francois Perrodo and a fourth driver to be confirmed.

Collard won overall in 2005 with Wayne Taylor Racing, Bruni searches for his first Daytona win and Perrodo will make his first Daytona start.

At the moment the Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 GTD lineup is set to include Pasin Lathouras, Michele Rugolo, Matt Griffin and Alessandro Pier Guidi, although that could change depending on certain driver classifications.

As it stands now, the latter three are all Gold-rated. A GTD lineup requires a minimum of two Silver and/or Bronze-rated drivers in a four-driver lineup.

A Dunlop-shod Ferrari from Michelotto recently tested at Sebring, in the hands of James Calado and Andrea Bertolini. But the team is expected to remain with Michelin for 2015.

The addition of the GTE-spec Ferrari comes as a significant boost to the GTLM class, which will see a slight drop in entries due to the withdrawal of the factory Dodge Viper GTS-R program.

AF Corse, meanwhile, is expected to continue in both GTE-Pro and GTE-Am in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony


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