Six Ferraris To Start The Bathurst 12 Hour

Ferrari BathurstThis weekend sees the Bathurst circuit holding its 12 Hour race. Over 50 cars are taking part, split into seven classes: six Ferrari 458s are entered in two of the classes.

Pro-Am Class. In the GT3 Pro-Am class, there are two Prancing Horse cars. One is entered by last years winners, Maranello Motorsport, who will be running the number 88 car. Last year’s winner  Mika Salo is back behind the wheel, the Finn will be partnered with Englishman Ben Collins and Australia’s Tony D’Alberto, the latter who won a round of the GT Australia championship last year with an Il Bello Rosso team Ferrari. Driving the number 33 Clearwater Racing car, they have Ferrari factory driver and WEC World Champion Toni Vilander and Ireland’s Matt Griffin, the 2013 ELMS champion, and the winner of the 2014 GT Asia series, Mok Wen Sung. The teams will be lining up against entries from Mercedes, Bentley, Lamborghini, Audi and Aston Martin.

Am class. There will be four 458 Italias in the GT3 Am class. The Amato Ferrari-run AF Corse team will use the skills of Ferrari factory WEC driver Davide Rigon, who will be teamed with the winners of the 2014 Gulf 12 Hours, Australia’s Steve Wyatt and Italy’s Michele Rugolo. The Pirelli team’s 29 car will be driven by ex Formula 1 driver Ivan Capelli and the Australian duo Jim Manolios and Ryan Miller, while Vicious Rumour Racing have entered the 49 car for Andrea Montermini, a winner with Ferrari in the International GT Open series, as well as racing in the Blancpain series. The Italian is teamed with Australia’s Renato Loberto and the Dane Benny Simonsen, brother of the late Alan. Finally, there will also be a car bearing the iconic Ferrari number, 27: it’s the TFM Ferrari Motorsport New Zealand car being driven New Zealanders Jono Lester, John McIntyre and Graeme Smyth.

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