Apr 19, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT
Former open-wheelers James Calado and Sam Bird appear to be taking to the World Endurance Championship nicely after qualifying up the grid in their respective classes for tomorrow’s WEC season-opener at Silverstone.
Calado and Bird are with the same AF Corse Ferrari team, but the former is in the GTE-Pro while the latter is in GTE-Am. But both of them had a fine Saturday, with Calado and teammate Davide Rigon qualifying fourth in Pro and Bird, Stephen Wyatt, and Michele Rugalo earning pole in Am.
Calado, who finished third in GP2 last year, sounded pleased with his work and hailed teammates Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander for their GTE-Pro pole on Twitter.
As for Bird, last year’s GP2 runner-up, he says he’s having fun with his “amazing opportunity” to run with AF Corse, which won last year’s WEC GTE-Pro title.
“[It's been] really good fun, and I’m enjoying my racing in GTs,” Bird said to reporters today at Silverstone. “It’d be great to get on the podium. Obviously, the main thing is to make sure that Steve is fast as possible.
“If he can do a really good job then we’re gonna be within a shout of being on the podium if not winning the race. Hopefully, the conditions will suit us. If not, it might be a very tricky race.”
Bird and Rugalo topped the Aston Martin of Pedro Lamy, Christoffer Nygaard, and Paul Dalla Lana for GTE-Am pole by almost a full second.
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