Ferrari teams chasing European Le Mans Series GTE victory in Austria


The Ferrari brand will be very well represented in the European Le Mans Series round of the Red Bull Ring. No less than five Ferrari 458 Italias will compete in the GTE class in the Austrian 4-hour event.

After two rounds, Ferrari is the only manufacturer without a victory in this year's European Le Mans Series. Aston Martin with Beechdean AMR has won the opening round at Silverstone (following the exclusion of the race-winning Ferrari) and Porsche has taken the class victory at Imola with Proton Competition. The target at the Red Bull Ring will be a first GTE win this season in the ELMS.

Leading the Ferrari squad will be the JMW Motorsport team. The British squad will enter the #66 Ferrari 458 Italia with drivers Robert Smith, Rory Butcher and Andrea Bertolini. They have won the Silverstone round before being excluded later on and they have clinched a strong second at Imola.

AF Corse will compete with two cars. The #51 458 Italia will be shared by Piergiuseppe Perazzini, Marco Cioci and Rui Aguas. Their team-mates Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Aaron Scott will drive the sister #55 Ferrari.

AF Corse will give support to two other Ferraris from AT Racing and Formula Racing. The AT Racing #56 Ferrari will feature Alexander Talkanitsa, Alexander Talkanitsa Jr and Alessandro Pier Guidi, it's a home race for the Austrian team. The Danish Formula Racing #60 Ferrari will be driven by Johnny Laursen, Mikkel Mac and Christina Nielsen.

Photo: JMW Motorsport