BIOGRAPHY

Andrea Bertolini was born in Sassuolo (Modena) on 1 December 1973 and made his race debut at the age of 11, in “minikarts.” When he turned 19, he became the youngest tester of Ferrari road cars, looking after experimental development. In 2001 he began racing in the FIA GT category, while the following year, at the wheel of a JMB Racing team Ferrari 360 Modena he came fourth in the championship. In 2003 for the same team, he took the N-GT title and the following year he was taken on as an official Scuderia Ferrari test driver. At the same time, he began working on the development of the Maserati MC12 that debuted in the FIA GT1 class. With the Vitaphone Racing and with his team-mate Michael Bartels, Bertolini had a triumphant season in 2006: he was GT champion with three wins, including one in the legendary Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours, as well as taking two seconds and scoring points in all ten rounds. In 2008, he was again paired with Bartels and again won the championship with a further Spa-Francorchamps win. Still team-mates with the German, in 2009 the winning streak continued with victories in Budapest and Adria and a third drivers’ title. In 2010, sticking to the idea that you don’t change a winning team, Andrea and Bartels were crowned world champions. In 2013 he took the Asian Le Mans Series crown while the following year he won once again the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours, as well as the European Le Mans Series title at the wheel of the SMP Racing 458 Italia, alongside Russian drivers Sergey Zlobin and Victor Shaytar. In 2015 he clinched his eighth title winning the World Endurance Championship in the GTE-Am class with the No. 72 Ferrari of SMP Racing with Shaytar and Aleksey Basov. For the crew three wins during the season at the Nurburgring, the Circuit of the Americas and, above all, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2016 he was closed to win the European Le Mans Series, a championship in which he took part also in 2017 and 2018 together with the Blancpain Endurance Cup. In 2019 Bertolini will be taking part to the two Blancpain GT European series, both at the wheel of the AF Corse 488 GT3.