Ferrari, Davide Rigon and Sam Bird dominate GTE-Pro at Silverstone

Ferrari has dominated the GTE-Pro class in the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone. The race was highlighted by a lot of contacts including cars from GTE-Pro and GTE-Am classes.

The #71 Ferrari 488 GTE driven by works drivers Davide Rigon and Sam Bird really dominated the 6-hour event. The winning Ferrari which started from pole position never been challenged for the class lead and crossed the finish line victorious covering a total of 167 laps.

Their team-mates Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado ended the race in second place with the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE. The AF Corse car had to serve a three-minute Stop and Go penalty - after changing the engine - and charged back strongly.

Aston Martin Racing with Dunlop rubbers ended their home event in a strong third place. The #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was driven by local hero Darren Turner, Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim.

The two factory Ford GTs from Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK were fourth and fifth in class with the #67 Ford GT of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Marino Franchitti ahead of the sister #66 car of Olivier Pla, Billy Johnson and Stefan Mucke.

In GTE-Am, Ferrari and AF Corse were victorious too. The #83 Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Emmanuel Collard, Rui Aguas and François Perrodo won the class.

Second place went to the #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE with drivers Mathias Lauda , Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy. Third place went to the Larbre Competition #50 Corvette C7.R of Yutaka Yamagishi, Pierre Ragues and Paolo Ruberti.

The next stop in the FIA World Endurance Championship will in Belgium, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Photos: Ferrari / Aston Martin