dimanche 27 mars 2016
Ferrari dominated GTE-Pro in FIA WEC Prologue at Paul Ricard
The FIA World Endurance Championship had a successful Prologue at the Paul Ricard circuit. Six GTE-Pro cars entered the event representing Aston Martin, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche.
The two AF Corse run Ferrari 488 GTEs were the quickest all weekend long. Factory drivers Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado were the fastest behind the wheel of the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE. They set the best time of the weekend, 1:57.808 in the opening test session on Friday.
The sister car from AF Corse was second fastest in class with Davide Rigon and Sam Bird. The best time of the #71 Ferrari 488 GTE was 1:58.083.
The two factory Ford GTs from Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK performed at the French track. Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke and Billy Johnson were third with a best time of 1:58.525 with their #66 Ford GT.
Their team-mates Harry Tincknell, Marino Franchitti and Andy Priaulx were fourth sharing the #67 Ford GT with a time of 1:58.697.
The lone Aston Martin Vantage GTE from Aston Martin Racing was fifth fastest with a best time of 2:00.298. The #98 AMR used Dunlop tires and was driven by Jonny Adam, Fernando Rees and Marco Sørensen.
The semi-works #77 Porsche 911 RSR from Dempsey Proton Racing was sixth with a best time of 2:04.305. The car was driven at the Paul Ricard tests by Christian Ried.
Paul Ricard Combined Results
Photos: Ferrari / Ford / Aston Martin