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Andrea Bertolini (born 1 December 1973 in Sassuolo) is an Italian professional racing driver currently driving for AF Corse in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He is the official test driver of the Maserati factory. Bertolini began racing at a young age, working as the youngest ever test driver for Ferrari at 19, followed by work in the experimental and development department. He also participated in the development of the Maserati MC12,[1] in which he has enjoyed racing success winning for three times the FIA GT Championship in GT1 class, and also claiming the first edition of the FIA GT1 World Championship. He won the WEC championship in GT category in 2015 and in the same year he won the 24H of Le Mans in the same class.

Andrea Bertolini
Andrea Bertolini 2004.jpg
Andrea Bertolini at Zhuhai International Circuit in 2004
NationalityItaly Italian
Born (1973-12-01) 1 December 1973 (age 45)
Sassuolo, Italy
FIA World Endurance Championship career
Debut season2012
Current teamAF Corse
Car number71
Previous series
2011
2010
2001-03, 05-09
2003, 05-07
Superstars Series
FIA GT1 World Championship
FIA GT Championship
American Le Mans Series
Championship titles
2011
2010
2006, 08-09
International Superstars Series
FIA GT1 World Championship
FIA GT Championship GT1

Racing historyEdit

 
Andrea Bertolini driving an MC12 at Road Atlanta in the ALMS

Andrea Bertolini began racing karts at age 11. He came second in the Italian Championship, won championships at a national level, and went on to win the CIAK Cup and place second in the Italian 125 Championship in 2000.[1] In 2001 he drove a Porsche 996 GT3-R for Art Engineering in the GT3 division of the FIA GT.[2] In 2002 he moved to JMB Racing driving a Ferrari 360 Modena and continued through 2003 finishing 4th.

In 2004 he moved to the Giesse Squadra Corse team, again driving a 360 Modena. Once again, he placed 2nd overall, and was awarded the "Driver Performance of the Year".[1][2] Part way through 2004, he was offered a position on the Maserati AF Corse team driving their new, GT1 class Maserati MC12, a car he had been involved in developing.[2] He accepted, winning two races that year at Oschersleben, Germany and Zhuhai, China with his team mate, former Formula One driver, Mika Salo.[3]

In 2005 he returned to JMB Racing, again driving an MC12. He finished the season tied 4th (with team mate Karl Wendlinger), within 4 points of first.[4]

Andrea Bertolini also raced his MC12 in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 2005 but without much success. He made no podium finishes and crashed out in the race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.[5]

For 2006 in the FIA GT, Bertolini moved to Vitaphone Racing Team where he again raced the MC12, with teammate Michael Bartels. Bartels and Bertolini finished first in the overall driver standings, and also their team to a 1st-place finish in the team standings.[6]

Bertolini and Bartels also won the championship again driving the same Vitaphone Maserati in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In 2011 he won the International Superstars Series driving a Maserati Quattroporte for Swiss Team.

Bertolini became the first person to drive Ferrari's new F1 Simulator at an opening ceremony held at the Italian teams' Maranello base.[7]

For 2012, Bertolini will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship, driving an AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 with Olivier Beretta.

See alsoEdit

Racing recordEdit

Complete GT1 World Championship resultsEdit

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2010 Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati ABU
QR

3
ABU
CR

4
SIL
QR

3
SIL
CR

7
BRN
QR

1
BRN
CR

5
PRI
QR

1
PRI
CR

1
SPA
QR

Ret
SPA
CR

7
NÜR
QR

10
NÜR
CR

6
ALG
QR

2
ALG
CR

1
NAV
QR

7
NAV
CR

6
INT
QR

8
INT
CR

9
SAN
QR

12
SAN
CR

7
1st 138

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2012 AF Corse LMGTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 SEB
1
SPA
4
LMS
4
SIL
Ret
SÃO
4
BHR
4
FUJ
4
SHA
3
48th 4
2013 JMW Motorsport LMGTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA LMS
10
SÃO COA FUJ SHA BHR NC‡ 0‡
2014 AF Corse LMGTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA
5
COA
6
FUJ
Ret
SHA BHR
2
SÃO
3
11th 51
SMP Racing LMS
Ret
NC‡ 0‡
2015 SMP Racing LMGTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 SIL
3
SPA
3
LMS
1
NÜR
1
COA
1
FUJ
6
SHA
3
BHR
5
1st 165
2016 AF Corse LMGTE Pro Ferrari 488 GTE Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8 SIL SPA LMS
Ret
NÜR MEX COA FUJ SHA BHR NC 0

As Bertolini was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points.

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012   AF Corse   Olivier Beretta
  Marco Cioci
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Pro
326 22nd 4th
2013   JMW Motorsport   Abdulaziz al Faisal
  Khaled al Qubaisi
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Pro
300 34th 10th
2014   SMP Racing   Viktor Shaytar
  Aleksey Basov
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Am
196 DNF DNF
2015   SMP Racing   Viktor Shaytar
  Aleksey Basov
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Am
332 20th 1st
2016   AF Corse   Sam Bird
  Davide Rigon
Ferrari 488 GTE GTE
Pro
143 DNF DNF
2017   DH Racing   Niclas Jönsson
  Tracy Krohn
Ferrari 488 GTE GTE
Am
320 42nd 13th
2018   Eurasia Motorsport   Niclas Jönsson
  Tracy Krohn
Ligier JS P217-Gibson LMP2 334 NC NC

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Pts
2014 Krohn Racing GTLM Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5 V8 DAY
7
SEB
4
LBH LGA WGL MOS IMS ELK VIR COA PET
9
21st 77
2015 Scuderia Corsa GTD Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Ferrari 4.5L V8 DAY
14†
DET LIM 59th 1
Risi Competizione GTLM Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5 V8 SEB
2
LBH LGA WGL MOS ELK VIR COA PET 22nd 33
2016 SMP Racing GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE Ferrari F154CB 3.9 V8 DAY
10
17th 71
Scuderia Corsa SEB
7
LBH LGA WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR COA PET
8
2018 Risi Competizione GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8 DAY SEB LBH MDO WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR LGA PET
9
25th 22
2019 Via Italia Racing GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8 DAY
8
SEB MDO DET WGL MOS
LIM
ELK
VIR
LGA
PET
45th* 23*

Bertolini did not complete sufficient laps in order to score full points. * Season still in progress.

Complete European Le Mans Series resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2017 Spirit of Race LMGTE Ferrari 488 GTE Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8 SIL
6
MNZ
4
RBR
4
LEC
4
SPA
1
ALG
Ret
6th 70
2018 Krohn Racing LMGTE Ferrari 488 GTE Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8 LEC
4
MNZ
6
RBR
5
SIL
6
SPA
Ret
ALG
5
8th 48

Complete Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
2019 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Pro-Am BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
MIS
1

11
MIS
2

21
ZAN
1

20
ZAN
2

19
NÜR
1

23
NÜR
2

19
HUN
1

HUN
2

3rd* 77*

* Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

http://www.andreabertolini.it/

  1. ^ a b c "Andrea Bertolini". Vitaphone Racing. Archived from the original on October 21, 2007. Retrieved 2006-10-28.
  2. ^ a b c "FIA GT Driver Bio". FIA GT. Retrieved 2006-10-28.
  3. ^ "FIA GT Standings 2004". Maserati Corse. Retrieved 2006-10-28.
  4. ^ "FIA GT Standings 2005". Maserati Corse. Retrieved 2006-10-28.
  5. ^ "Unlucky Race for MC12 at Laguna Seca". Maserati Corse. Retrieved 2006-10-25.
  6. ^ "FIA GT Standings 2006". Maserati Corse. Retrieved 2006-10-28.
  7. ^ Jonathan Noble (23 December 2009). "Ferrari unveils new simulator". Autosport.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gabriele Gardel
FIA GT Championship
Champion

2006
With: Michael Bartels
Succeeded by
Thomas Biagi
Preceded by
Thomas Biagi
FIA GT Championship
Champion

2008-2009
With: Michael Bartels
Succeeded by
None
(Series ended)
Preceded by
Inaugural
FIA GT1 World Championship
Champion

2010
With: Michael Bartels
Succeeded by
Michael Krumm
Lucas Luhr
Preceded by
Thomas Biagi
International Superstars Series
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Johan Kristoffersson
Preceded by
Inaugural
Asian Le Mans Series
GTC Champion

2013
With: Michele Rugolo & Steve Wyatt
Succeeded by
None
(Class discontinued)
Preceded by
David Heinemeier Hansson
Kristian Poulsen
FIA Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Am Drivers
2015
With: Aleksey Basov & Viktor Shaitar
Succeeded by
Emmanuel Collard
François Perrodo
Rui Águas