Ferrari Duo Finds Form After Le Mans
Autosport|January 04,2018

Ferrari Duo Finds Form After Le Mans

Gary Watkins

AMAZING CONSISTENCY ALLOWED Ferrari to come back from a disappointing – disastrous, even – Le Mans 24 Hours to take the GT drivers’ and manufacturers’ crowns newly afforded with full world championship status in 2017. Title winners James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi only notched up a single point in the French enduro, but three victories and a further four podiums allowed them to secure the title at the end of a closely fought GTE Pro campaign.

The factory AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTEs were competitive everywhere in the new era of the automatic Balance of Performance, a system based on pure maths and designed to remove the politicking and bickering that blighted the old procedure. That consistency set the Italian cars apart from their rivals in a season that yielded five wins for AF. Sam Bird and Davide Rigon chipped in with a couple of victories, the second in Bahrain handed to them by their team-mates.

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