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AF Corse #47 Wins the Spa 24 Pro-Am Class

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015

AF Corse Ferrari 458 GT3 (3406) with drivers Lathouras/Lemeret/Bruni/Pier Guidi has won the Pro-Am class of the Spa 24 Hours and came 4th overall! The race started on Saturday in heavy rain. The torrential downpour led to many incidents resulting in several safety car periods. When night fell, the rain disappeared. The battle for the win in Pro-Am was between the two AF Corse Ferrari’s #47 (3406) and #51 (3440). The #51 of Cameron/Griffin/Guedes/Rigon lead the race after some of the competition became stranded at the track or lost time in the pits. The #47 took the lead in the 6th hour, who then increased their lead to 2 laps and secured the class win.   Start no. Class Tipo Serial Number Drivers Finish o.a. Finish Class 47 Pro-Am 458 GT3 3406 Lathouras/Lemeret/Bruni/Pier Guidi 4 1 51 Pro-Am 458 GT3 3440 Cameron/Griffin/Guedes/Rigon 6...

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Le Mans 24 Hours: Mixed Fortunes for Ferrari

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015

An unexpected victory and two bitter podiums. This is the final result for Ferrari’s drivers and teams at the 83rd edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours race: the joy of Andrea Bertolini, test driver for Ferrari and one of the strongest Italian Endurance drivers of all time, his two Russian team-mates, Aleksey Basov and Victor Shaytar, and the SMP Racing team, which, after winning the European Le Mans Series championship in 2014 succeeded, in the GTE-Am category, winning the most important race in the world. However, the joy of the Sassuolo driver isn’t enough to temper the bitterness of knowing that the potential for bringing home a victory in the GTE-Pro category was there. The 2014 winners, “Gimmi” Bruni, Toni Vilander, and Giancarlo Fisichela, threw themselves in like lions, succeeding, through various tactics, in recovering a race that...

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Le Mans 24 Hours: #51 Ferrari in Podium Position

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015

The midrace of the 83rd edition of Le Mans 24 Hours was reached, and in the last four hours, a number of things have happened. Team AF Corse’s GTE-Pro category 458 Italia Ferraris continue to climb back up after the streak of bad luck in the first hours of the race. The No.51 car, with Toni Vilander at the wheel, first benefited from the withdrawal of the No.97 Aston Martin and then from the No.91 Porsche’s long pit stop, making its way back up to third position. On the other hand, the No.71 car is in fifth position, just behind the German car, with Davide Rigon, the protagonist of a triple stint. The No.99 Aston Martin remains in the lead. GTE-Am. In the last four hours, there has still been disappointment about AF Corse’s No.83; driven by Dana Collard, François...

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Le Mans 24 Hours: #51 Ferrari Fights Back

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015

The No.83 Le Mans 24 Hours has reached a third of its course. The second four-hours of racing saw the GTE-Pro class Ferrari face uneasy moments. No.51, which had been hit by Loic Duval’s No.8 Audi at the stroke of the third hour, was forced to take a longer stop than expected when refueling in order to clean the debris from the rear right part of the car again, which resulted from the accident. Fisichella, who faced a double stint, launched himself back into the race before handing the car over to Toni Vilander. The Finn was the protagonist of a quick stint that allowed him to recover valuable time and pass the car to “Gimmi” Bruni who is continuing the endeavor. There are more mundane yet more expensive troubles in a key race for the No.71 car, which...

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Le Mans 24 hours: Ferrari Comeback in Qualifying

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015

Qualifying is finished at the 83rd edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Ferraris came back strongly in the GTE-Pro class after the problems at Tertre Rouge on Wednesday which cost the cancellation of their times to both “Gimmi” Bruni (car 51) and James Calado (car 71). The cars entered in the GTE-Am class confirmed their role of solid contenders for victory. GTE-Pro. Luckily, the much-feared arrival of the rain did not materialise and qualifying were thus held under normal track conditions. This does not mean that everything went smoothly without hitches, as there were numerous yellow flags which forced the drivers to slow down; there were also some red flags. The third and decisive session started ahead of schedule in order to make up for the time lost in the second session after the accident of Jan Magnussen’s...

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Rain Interferes with the First Le Mans Practice Session

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015

Today was the first free practice session for the 56 entered in the 24 Hours of le Mans 2015. The session, which lasted four hours, did not give definite indications, because the rain interfered repeatedly. It rained practically once every hour, relenting only during the second hour and at the end. GTE-Pro. The two Ferrari 458 Italia of the AF Corse team competing in the GTE-Pro category clocked the sixth and ninth best times respectively; however, they never really pushed to the limit. Car number 71 of Davide Rigon, James Calado, and Olivier Beretta clocked 3’59”653, while the best time of car number 51 of the titleholders “Gimmi” Bruni, Toni Vilander, and Giancarlo Fisichella was 4’00”082. Both cars have to work on settings, tyres, and brakes. The Aston Martin number 99 obtained the best time in the category: 3’55”895. GTE-Am. Car...

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Ferrari Challenge North America: Montreal

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015

Just before the Formula One cars were staged on the straightaway at Circuit-Gilles-Villeneuve, the second race of the North American Ferrari Challenge weekend in Montreal was underway. Twenty-three 458 Challenge EVOs competed in today’s race amidst the Formula One fans of the Canadian Grand Prix. Trofeo Pirelli. The drivers’ championship points after yesterday’s results decided today’s the starting grid. This lead to local Canadian Emmanuel Anassis (Ferrari Quebec) starting as the day’s polesitter. However, Gregory Romanelli (The Collection) quickly overtook Anassis after the restart due to an incident between Carlos Conde (Miller Motor Cars) and James Weiland (Ferrari of San Francisco) in the first lap. And just like yesterday, the young Romanelli would lead a majority of the race to his ultimate victory on top of the podium steps as the overall winner and first place finisher for the Trofeo...

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International GT Open: Double Win at Silverstone

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015

The Ferraris 458 Italia GT3 claim five of the six available podium positions: this is the final verdict in the second race of the third event of the International GT Open championship, held at Silverstone on the weekend. The winners were Ezequiel Perez-Companc and Raffaele Giammaria (AF Corse) in the GT-Pro category and, again, Mads Rasmussen and Filipe Barreiros (AF Corse) in the GT-Am class. Initial phases. At the start, Phil Keen, sharing the wheel of the Ferrari of Balfe Motorsport with Shaun Balfe, and Michele Rugolo, on car 458 Italia number 51 of AF Corse shared with Pasin Lathouras from Thailand, took centre stage with great performances, while, closely behind, Ezequiel Perez-Companc, on the Ferrari number 90 of AF Corse shared with Raffaele Giammaria, Nicola Benucci, on number 3 car of the Scuderia Villorba Corse, Emiliano Lopez, with number...

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24 Hours of Le Mans: Tight Trials Results

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015

The first day of trials on the Le Mans track, ahead of the 24 Hours of 13 and 14 June, confirmed the tight results among the main contenders already seen during the first two championship races in the GTE-Pro and GTE-Am classes, the categories in which the Ferrari 458 Italia cars are competing. On a day that ended in the rain, all teams and drivers had the opportunity to start reacquainting themselves with the Sarthe track, drawing useful hints on what it will be starting next week GTE-Pro. In the GTE-Pro class, the fastest car in the morning was Oliver Gavin’s Chevrolet number 64 which stopped the clock at a time of 3’58”616. In second place, just under half a second behind (3’58”816), was the Ferrari number 51 driven by “Gimmi” Bruni and Toni Vilander, who will be joined by...

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Italian GT Championship: One Win & Two Podiums

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015

Mixed results for the Ferrari clients teams at the Monza leg of the Italian GT Championship whose second event took place this weekend. Sunday’s results were better than Saturday’s, but things went better during the first weekend of competition in Vallelunga. Saturday. Saturday’s race was rather disappointing, as the best result was the fourth place of the Team Malucelli car driven by Stefano Gai and Lorenzo Bontempelli. The Lamborghini of the Imperiale Racing team driven by Mirko Bortolotti and Alberto Viberti took first place. There were few reasons to rejoice also in the GTC class in which the best Ferrari was that driven by Dario Caso and Sossio Del Prete, sixth in its category in a race won by the Lamborghini of Imperiale Racing with Davide Durante and Angelo Fabrizio Comi at the wheel. Sunday. Things went decidedly better on Sunday,...

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Ferrari on the Pirelli World Challenge Podium in Detroit

Posted by on May 31, 2015

Contact eliminates Scuderia Corsa from third place in closing stages of TUDOR Championship race Olivier Beretta finishes second in Saturday’s Pirelli World Challenge race Ferrari 458 Italias in two racing series battled over the weekend on the temporary circuit on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. Saturday’s Pirelli World Challenge saw a strong run from a pair of those Ferraris. Olivier Beretta, in the no. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia, finished in second position overall while Henrique Cisneros, driving the no. 30 MOMO Ferrari 458 Italia, was victorious in the GT-A class. Sunday’s scheduled Pirelli World Challenge race was cancelled due to heavy rain. Unfortunately for the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia, which entered the weekend second in the driver’s championship, Saturday’s 100-minute race ended early. After starting the race from the seventh position, Bill Sweedler...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Detroit

Posted by on May 29, 2015

The Pirelli World Challenge’s GT and GTA drivers head to the Motor City for a showdown on the streets of Detroit and Belle Isle. Drivers will compete in Rounds 10 and 11 of the GT/GTA championships. This visit marks the fourth consecutive season Pirelli World Challenge will race at Belle Isle. GT class. Olivier Beretta in the no. 61 Ferrari of R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, comes into this weekend continuing to lead in GT drivers’ points (799) after scoring a 7th and 8th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). Beretta has prior experience at Belle Isle having raced at the circuit in another sports car series. He holds a 15-point lead over Ryan Dalziel who because of prior commitments in Le Mans will not be competing at Belle Isle. Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac) comes into the Detroit weekend...

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Corso Pilota: Channel Your Inner Champion

Posted by on May 29, 2015

Do you have daydreams of deftly driving your Ferrari around the World’s most renown race tracks? If so, then the Corso Pilota Program offered by Ferrari is perfect for you. What could possibly be better for a Tifoso than learning how to hone your track skills with the finest Maranello has to offer? Short of getting an E-ticket in an F1 car, nothing can top this exhilarating program. Corso Pilota offers you the opportunity to pilot a fleet of Ferraris on a closed course under the expert guidance of their trained instructors. Corso Pilota runs from June through August and offers multiple program levels including Basic ($10,700), Advanced ($12,900), and Evolution ($16,900). Most of these seats sell out fast so act quick and sign up now for the most electrifying experience Ferrari has to offer. Open program dates are as follows: June...

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United SportsCar Championship: Detroit

Posted by on May 29, 2015

The bumpy, temporary circuit on Detroit’s Belle Isle was the site of one of Ferrari’s many victories in the 2014 United SportsCar Championship when the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia scored a narrow victory in a closely contested race. Looking for the first win. Tomorrow race will be 100 minutes, shorter than the normal race length of 2 hours and 45-minutes which will put a premium on track position and qualifying results. Last season, the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia won the race after starting the race in seventh position. The situation. Ferrari currently leads the GT-Daytona manufacturer’s championship. While drivers Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler are looking for their first victory in 2015, they enter the Detroit weekend second in the GT-Daytona driver’s championship standings. The duo finished on the podium at the 12 Hours of...

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24H Series: Zandvoort 12 Hours

Posted by on May 28, 2015

This weekend Circuit Park Zandvoort in The Netherlands will be the venue for the second edition of the Zandvoort 12 Hours, the third round of the 2015 24H Series. In total, some 50 GTs, touring cars and 24H Specials will be on the grid for the race at the famous Grand Prix circuit in the dunes on the Dutch North Sea coast. Two parts. Once again, the race has been split up into two parts due to noise regulations: the first three hours of the race will take place on Friday afternoon, with the remaining nine to be run on Saturday, followed by a spectacular beach party with prize-giving ceremony in the evening. The race will be broadcast live on Motors TV. A live stream with commentary by the team from Radiolemans.com can also be accessed on the series’ website, www.24hseries.com....

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