Audi DTM refugee Molina gets SMP Ferrari seat in Blancpain

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Audi DTM refugee Molina gets SMP Ferrari seat in Blancpain
Valentin Khorounzhiy
By: Valentin Khorounzhiy
Co-author: Sergio Lillo
Mar 15, 2017, 12:41 PM

Former Audi DTM driver Miguel Molina will drive a Ferrari 488 GT3 in the Blancpain Endurance series in 2017.

Miguel Molina, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM with his engineer
Miguel Molina, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM
Miguel Molina, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM
#72 SMP Racing Ferrari 488 GTE: Viktor Shaytar, Andrea Bertolini, Gianmaria Bruni, James Calado
#72 SMP Racing Ferrari 488 GTE: Viktor Shaitar, Andrea Bertolini, Gianmaria Bruni, James Calado

Molina, 28, will partner Ferrari GT works driver Davide Rigon and former WEC GTE Am champion Viktor Shaytar in the #54 car.

The Spaniard was left out of Audi's DTM line-up for 2017 after a seven-year stint in the series with the Ingolstadt marque, during which he secured three race wins.

When Ferrari held a shootout at Vallelunga in search for a replacement for its Porsche-bound WEC star driver Gianmaria Bruni, Molina was among those present.

The vacant WEC seat eventually went to Alessandro Pier Guidi, but Molina, who was reported to have impressed in the shootout, will get to contest a campaign in the Ferrari GT machine after all.

"We were testing this week [at Paul Ricard] and it looks like everything went very well," Molina told Motorsport.com. "I'm happy to be able to help the team. It's a new series for me, but I'm very excited.

"It all happened very quickly, really. I think the goal is the same for everybody. We have a good team and we'll try to run up front in as many races as possible and, as for me, I'll try to adapt as quickly as possible to the series and this new format of racing.

"The DTM car is nothing like a GT. Last year I had the chance to do two races with an Audi R8, and this is pretty different. This car is more neutral, easier to drive, and driving a Ferrari and listening to its engine is always very nice.

"It will probably take some work to adapt in the first race to get back into the rhythm, but these two days at Paul Ricard were very useful to see everything.

Molina is not the only driver to have taken to Blancpain for 2017 after exiting the DTM, as compatriot Dani Juncadella - who had been left out of the Mercedes line-up - was confirmed earlier at AKKA-ASP.

 

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Series Blancpain Endurance
Drivers Miguel Molina
Teams SMP Racing
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
Article type Breaking news