James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi picked up the GTE-Pro class win in Sunday’s Six Hours of Silverstone, with three different manufacturers on the podium.
The AF Corse drivers came to the fore halfway through the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship season to score their first class win since Fuji last year.
Their No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE proved to be closely-matched with the Porsche 911 RSR while the Ford GTs, which had been faster all weekend, suffered problems and misfortune.
The highest-placed Ford was the No. 67 car of Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx which finished third after Tincknell performed a daring late-race pass on Michael Christensen at Stowe.
Gianmaria Bruni came home second in the No. 91 Porsche he co-drives with Richard Lietz, 12 seconds down on the leading Ferrari.
Ford’s problems included the No. 67 losing out during the second Full Course Yellow by pitting just before the field was neutralized, dropping it to fifth position.
The sister car, driven by Olivier Pla and Stefan Muecke, had to have a door change, resulting in a pit stop of over three minutes, and finished seventh.
It started from pole but dropped to the back of the class while locking up and going wide when Pla was attempting to avoid a collision at Abbey at the start of the race.
Aston Martin Racing failed to repeat its qualifying performance in the race and its sole remaining car was classified fifth after the No. 95 Vantage GTE was called into the pits twice with a gearbox issue.
The best-placed BMW M8 GTE was sixth while the sister car of Antonio Felix da Costa retired after stopping on track at Becketts, bringing out the race’s second FCY period.
Dempsey-Proton Wins GTE-Am as Leaders Penalized
Dempsey-Proton Racing made use of a penalty for two of its challengers to secure its second consecutive GTE-Am win after a similar success at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Christian Ried, Julian Andlauer and Matt Campbell finished 46 seconds out front after the TF Sport and Team Project 1 cars, which had both led the class, were penalized in the final hour.
The two cars, which finished with Jonny Adam and Joerg Bergmeister at the wheels, were each given a 75-second stop-and-hold penalty for a pit stop infringement during the safety car.
Adam finished second for TF while Bergmeister came home third, although the two had looked set to battle for the class lead before the penalties.
The lead battle during the first stint had been between Salih Yoluc and Egidio Perfetti in the same two cars.
RESULTS: Six Hours of Silverstone