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AF Corse Finalizing 2014 Programs

FIA WEC, TUDOR Championship, ELMS programs in the works…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

AF Corse’s 2014 programs are being gradually put into place. The Amato Ferrari-led team was present last week in Daytona for the Roar Before the Rolex 24 and this weekend’s Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai sees the team have two Ferrari 458 Italia GT3s, also aligned under the Spirit of Race banner. (En Français)

“Spirit of Race is a partner of AF Corse and we wanted to set up this entity for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the 24 Hours of Dubai,” Ferrari explained. It can be comparable to Pecom Racing, a LMP2 program that was run by AF Corse.

As for other programs, nothing has been finalized yet but Ferrari expects continuity in 2014.

“Nothing is yet decided but the goal is to have two new Ferrari 458 Italias in the GTE-Pro class and two in the GTE-Am class of the FIA WEC,” he said. “That is at least our hope. I think we’ll know more in a month, both the number of cars and drivers.”

With Pecom having stopped its activities in LMP2 on the world’s stage, AF Corse will provide technical support to the two new Oreca 03 Nissans for the Russian SMP Racing outfit. Ferrari did not confirm drivers, but it would be logical to see Nicolas Minassian at the wheel.

The European Le Mans Series will also be on the menu for the Italian team, but with the number of cars to be determined. It’s likely to see one or two Ferrari 458 Italias in GTE and some additional cars in GTC.

AF Corse could also expand its presence in the ELMS by reducing its commitment to International GT Open. Additionally, there are no plans to return to the Asian Le Mans Series, although that could change.

Laurent Mercier (@LaurentMercier2) is the Editor-in-Chief of Endurance-Info.com, the leading French-language source for the latest sports car racing news from around the world.

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