Daniel Serra and Nicklas Nielsen have been announced as new additions to Ferrari’s Competizioni GT driver roster.
The Brazilian, twice GTE Pro winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and winner too at Petit Le Mans this year, has already joined Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado in the 488 GTE #51 of AF Corse on several occasions, while the Danish driver has completed a high-level training path that began with the Ferrari Challenge, and continuing yesterday with testing at Bahrain with the factory team.
The programmes for both drivers will be confirmed later but Serra looks set to replace Alessandro Pier Guidi for the Asian Le Mans Series Race at Buriram, Thailand, a fixture which now clashes with the re-timetabled WEC round at CoTA.
Serra was born in Sao Paulo on 24 March 1984. He started in karting before progressing to Formula Renault 2.0, competing in both the Brazilian and European series. In 2009, he claimed his first victory in the Brazilian Stock Car series, which he went on to win in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
In the three years 2014-2016, he drove in the IMSA series for Scuderia Corsa at the wheel of the Ferrari 458 Italia and in his last year, in the 488 GTE at Daytona and the Petit Le Mans, which he won with Scuderia Corsa in 2018.
In 2017, he claimed his first 24 Hours of Le Mans (with Aston Martin), a feat he repeated with Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado at the wheel of the Ferrari in 2019. He won the Petit Le Mans for a second time with the same crew, driving the 488 GTE of Risi Competizione.
Nielsen is Danish, born in Hørning on 6 February 1997. After making his debut in karting, he joined the Audi Sport Academy and took part in the German Formula 4 championship, winning the Rookie title.
In 2017, he entered the world of closed-wheel racing, while continuing to compete in karts and Formula 4.
He began in the Ferrari Challenge where he won both races on his debut in 2017, which encouraged him to continue in the Prancing Horse’s one-make series the following season. Nielsen found the Challenge an excellent training ground, as we can see by his ten victories and permanent presence on the podium.
He walked away with the European series and the world title in the Finali Mondial at Monza. The transition from the 488 Challenge to the 488 GTE was natural and, in 2019, he debuted in the European Le Mans Series with Luzich Racing.
He secured the title in the 488 GTE alongside Fabien Lavergne and Alessandro Pier Guidi, with four wins in six races. He was also named ‘Rookie of the year’.
He then entered the FIA World Endurance Championship with the 488 GTE of AF Corse, in the LMGTE Am class, together with François Perrodo and Emmanuel Collard, winning the opening round at Silverstone and currently in first position in the standings.