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Ferrari Confirms Giovinazzi, Derani for 24H Le Mans

Ferrari announces three-car lineup for French enduro…

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Ferrari has finalized its GTE-Pro driver combinations for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Antonio Giovinazzi and Pipo Derani confirmed in AF Corse’s third Ferrari 488 GTE Evo.

The paring join the previously confirmed Toni Vilander in the No. 52 Ferrari, which is a one-off entry for the race.

Derani, who finished second at Le Mans in 2017 with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for a second time last month with the Tequila Patron ESM squad.

“It is a special day in my career because ever since I was a child Ferrari has been one of the mythical names in racing,” said the Brazilian.

“I will give my heart and soul to the team for this program and I am looking forward to working with such a professional and dedicated group of people.

“I must thank them sincerely for this fantastic opportunity.”

Giovinazzi, meanwhile, is set for his Le Mans debut.

The 24-year-old Italian made two appearances for ESM in the 2016 WEC season, but has yet to race in a 24-hour event.

In the No. 51 full-season car, defending Le Mans GTE-Pro winner Daniel Serra has been named alongside reigning world GT champions Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado.

Serra helped Aston Martin claim class victory in last year’s edition with the old-generation Vantage GTE, and more recently claimed poles at Daytona and Sebring in a GT3-spec Ferrari 488.

In the No. 71 car, Miguel Molina has been listed next to Sam Bird and Davide Rigon.

Molina was left without a full-time drive for the 2018-19 WEC ‘Super Season’ after Giancarlo Fisichella was signed to the Spirit of Race GTE-Am entry, but was expected to return in one of the Le Mans entries.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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