The road to Le Mans 24 Hours – Discovering the Ferrari #83 of AF Corse

10 June 2016

The road to Le Mans 24 Hours – Discovering the Ferrari #83 of AF Corse

Maranello, 11 June – continues the presentation tour of the ten Ferrari customer teams lining out at the start on June 18 at the 84th Le Mans 24 Hours. The French race is, of course, an event that’s worth an entire season, a competition that sets up the careers of the drivers, teams and constructors that manage to get their name on its roll of honour. Today we end the Ferrari crews competing in the GTE-Am class with the AF Corse’s no. 83. This car is having a wonderful 2016 campaign: François Perrodo, Rui Aguas and Emmanuel Collard kicked off the season with a win in Silverstone and a second place at Spa-Francorchamps.

The team. AF Corse has been one of Ferrari’s leading customer teams for many years. The partnership between the Prancing Horse and AF Corse has produced the lion’s share of the GT victories of recent years and all those delivered in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) since its launch in 2012. In its maiden year, success came in the teams’ and constructors’ as well as victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2013, AF Corse swept the boards taking the triple – the drivers’, teams’ and constructors’ titles all at once. They did it again in 2014 but also added a win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans from car no. 51 fielded by “Gimmi” Bruni, Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella.

Perrodo. François Perrodo is a Frenchman born in 1977 who came to the top echelons of motorsport in 2012 when he began competing in the Superstars championship and also made his debut at the wheel of a Ferrari in the 24 Hours of Spa in an AF Corse car. Perrodo had his first outing in the WEC in 2013 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing ninth in the GTE-Am class. Last year he came home fourth. This is the second time he will be driving a Ferrari at Le Mans.

Aguas. Rui Aguas was born on February 29 1972 in Mozambique. The Portuguese driver has clocked up a huge array of victories in the course of his career and has been involved with AF Corse since 2005. Rui had his maiden WEC outing in the first race in this championship, the 12 Hours of Sebring, in 2012 in one of the AF Corse-Waltrip Ferraris, finishing fourth. The following year, he made the move to 8 Star Motorsport, winning the Spa-Francorchamps and Shanghai rounds in its Ferrari 458 Italia flanked by Venezuelan driver Enzo Potolicchio. As a result, the duo was beaten to victory in the final standings by just one point by Aston Martin’s Stuart Hall and Jamie Campbell-Walter and were deputy champions. Aguas competed in Asia in 2014 while last year he joined the #83 Ferrari crew winning a race. This is his fifth 24 Hours of Le Mans. His best result so far was fourth in 2015.

Collard. Although only born on April 3 1971, Emmanuel Collard has an impressive track record in the 24 Hour of Le Mans: 2015 will be his 22nd outing. So far he has clocked two victories, both in Porsches. The first came in 2003, with Alex Job Racing/Petersen Motorsports which paired him with Germans Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr, while the second was in 2009 for Team Essex with Danish drivers Casper Elgaard and Kristian Pulsen. The Frenchman also won the Le Mans series three times (2005, 2006 and 2011). Other wins include the 12 Hours of Sebring, Daytona and the 1999 Sports Car World Cup at the wheel of the F333 SP of JB Giesse Team. Collard has competed in every season of the WEC since its launch.