Sam Bird wrote another memorable chapter in his Silverstone story of success by taking pole position and victory on his debut as a Ferrari factory driver in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Partnering Davide Rigon in the #71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE, Sam helped the team to a dominant weekend in the 6hrs of Silverstone.
A combination of hard driving, flawless team strategy and the performance of the new 488 GTEs saw AF Corse take a one-two finish in the GTE-Pro class, while the team also triumphed in the GTE-Am class with its #83 Ferrari 458 Italia.
For Sam and his team-mate, their pole position allowed them to lead from the start and gradually increase their margin lap-by-lap. By contrast the sister #51 car had a far more torrid path to second place, recovering from a technical penalty that put them in last place.
By topping qualifying, Sam became the first driver to take WEC poles in all of the LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am classes, and his victory followed wins at the Home of British Motorsport in 2012 (World Series by Renault), 2013 (GP2) and 2015 (part of his championship-winning LMP2 season).
Speaking to Sportscar365.com, he said: "It feels amazing. Great for me and Davide to start the season with a win. It looked clear sailing but it really wasn't - everything had to be perfect. Everybody did their part really well: Davide drove superbly, I did my bit, and we brought home 26 points, which is what the aim was."
The next round of the WEC season sees Sam in action at Spa-Francorchamps on May 7 but, before then, he will be back on Formula E duties for DS Virgin Racing as the electric series takes to the streets of Paris on April 23.