Prague, 29th of February 2012 - Filip Salaquarda has signed with AF Corse team for the FIA GT1 2012 World Championship on Ferrari 458 Italia. Born in Prague, Czech Republic, 28 years ago, Salaquarda has started in the motorsport with the kart. A few years later, the new step in Formula BMW, followed by the F3 Euroseries, A1 Grand Prix and WS by Renault with important results reached in a short time. In the second part of 2011, Salaquarda has raced in GT (3 races on Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) Showing a great potential and feeling with the 458 GT3.
During the three races of 2011, the driver has highlighted himself and his result: he finished in the 4th position the first race, in 3rd place the second race and in the 2nd position the third event. These results have convinced Amato Ferrari - AF Corse team principal – to sign Salaquarda, having a young but very talented line up which will be protagonist of the FIA GT1 2012 World Championship (Salaquarda is the third driver announced by AF Corse following Francesco Castellacci and Enzo Ide).
“I followed Filip in three races with the 458 GT3 at the end of the 2011. I can say that his debut was great in this difficult category. Salaquarda is a natural choice for us and will be one of ours driver for the next FIA GT1 World Championship. We have young drivers but highly motivated and completely dedicated to their work. Filip, with his speed and talent, will be an important part in the AF Corse’s squad. The team is working to prepare in the best way the start of the season in the FIA GT1.”
“I am very pleased to achieve this goal. AF Corse is the highest team in the world for the structure, technology and organization. During the winter, I have carefully examined the various options to race in 2012: AF Corse is absolutely the best choice. I’m waiting to get on track to start working with my new team.”