Miguel Molina lands Ferrari GT drive after Audi DTM exit
|By Sergio Lillo and Valentin Khorounzhiy||Wednesday, March 15th 2017, 13:01 GMT|
Former Audi DTM driver Miguel Molina will drive a Ferrari 488 GT3 in the Blancpain GT Series in 2017.
The 28-year-old will partner Ferrari GT works driver Davide Rigon and former WEC GTE Am champion Viktor Shaytar in the #54 SMP car in the Endurance Cup.
The Spaniard was left out of Audi's DTM line-up for 2017 after a seven-year stint in the series, 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 in action.
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 Autosport.
"I'm happy to be able to help the team. It's a new series for me, but I'm very excited.
"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 Daniel Juncadella - who had been left out of the Mercedes line-up - will drive for Auto Sport Promotion.