Bruni and Vilander are World Champions

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Sakhir, 15 November– Gimmi Bruni and Toni Vilander are this year’s FIA World Endurance Champions in the LMGTE-Pro category. Driving the Team AF Corse number 51 458 Italia they did it in the best way possible, also taking the win in the Bahrain 6 Hours at the Sakhir circuit, beating the Aston Martin of Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke and the 71 Ferrari of team-mates James Calado and Davide Rigon.

Totally dominant. Having started from second, the 51 car soon took the lead thanks to a great first stint from Bruni, who with his usual foot-down style never considered simply controlling the situation, but chose to attack to avoid any possible loss of concentration. Toni Vilander made the most of all his experience, managing the car perfectly, helped by the fact their closest rivals for the title in the Porsches, were never in the running.

Doubly happy. Apart from Bruni and Vilander taking the title, the fact that the Porsche of Patrick Pilet and Frederic Makowiecki only came home fifth means that AF Corse has taken the teams prize with one race in hand. The Amato Ferrari-run squad pretty much owns this trophy having won the teams’ title since WEC came into being. The Italian team thus takes its third title in three seasons. One can say the same for Gimmi Bruni who repeated his 2013 title-winning achievement, because in 2012 there was no specific classification for GT drivers. The crew of car 51 has really enjoyed the perfect season, having already won its class in June in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours. For this season to be truly unforgettable, Ferrari still has to take the constructors’ crown, a mission that will have to wait until the final round, in a fortnight’s time in Interlagos, Brazil.

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