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Italia GT Championship: Monza

Posted by on May 28, 2015

Following the great debut in Vallelunga, the Italian GT Championship will make it to the track this weekend in Monza for the second round of the season with five more lineups joined increasing the number of cars on track in the two races of GT3 and GT Cup to 40. The Ferraris 458 Italia will be the cars to beat in the highest class, starting from the Scuderia Baldini 27 one that is leading the standings with Casè-Gattuso, but a lot of other cars from Maranello are in the top half of the classification. Among these, the car driven by Schirò and Berton (Scuderia Villorba Corse), Frassineti-Beretta of Ombra Racing, the team that will field another car for Cipriani-Tedeschi, Di Amato-Mugelli (MP1 Corse), Magli-Ferrara (Easy Race), and those of Team Malucelli driven by Bontempelli-Gai and Galassi-Rizzuto. GT Cup. Some...

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British GT Cup: Six Out of Six at Rockingham

Posted by on May 26, 2015

Fantastic weekend at Rockingham for the Ferrari customer teams in the third round of the GT Cup Championship: the 458 Italia won all the races in the two classes in which the Prancing Horse cars were entered. Race-1. Darren Nelson and Adam Carroll won the first race in their FF Corse Ferrari 458 GT3. Nelson started the race from second on the grid, with Paul Bailey on pole in the Aston Martin. As the race got underway, Bailey led from the green light, closely followed by Nelson. James Greenway (Porsche) held third, with Wayne Marrs (FF Corse), Marcus Hogarth (Ebor GT/Hogarth Racing) and Arwyn Williams (FF Corse) behind him with their Ferraris. Kevin Riley dropped down the order after starting on GTC pole position and was batting with John Seale (FF Corse Ferrari), who had started fourth in the GTC...

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Blancpain Endurance Series: Silverstone

Posted by on May 26, 2015

Not a great day for the Ferrari banner at the second event of the Blancpain Endurance Series, held at the English racetrack of Silverstone: only two of the sixteen Ferraris competing in the event managed to earn podium positions. Pro Cup: The Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 number 333 of the Rinaldi Racing team had a difficult first Pro Cup race. The temperature and track conditions, but especially the yellow flag at the beginning of the race affected the performance of Rinat Salikhov, Marco Seefried and Norbert Siedler, who had to settle for seventh place, albeit only 20 seconds away from third place. The McLaren of the Von Ryan Racing team piloted by Rob Bell, Shane Van Gisbergen and Kevin Estre earned top honours in the English race. Pro-Am: Disappointment in the Pro-Am class too, although it was legitimate to expect that...

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Blancpain Endurance Series: Silverstone

Posted by on May 22, 2015

      The Blancpain Endurance Series championship resumes this weekend with its second round at Silverstone, which also counts as the fourth race of the combined Endurance and Sprint championship table. As usual the race has a full quota of Ferraris. The Rinaldi affair. The Silverstone race will see a Ferrari start in the Pro Cup class, the no. 333 of Rinaldi Racing driven by Rinat Salikhov, Marco Seefried and Norbert Siedler. This car won the Monza race in the overall standings but as it had only been entered for the Pro-Am class, its success was only recognised for that category. Due to this paradox from this race the Rinaldi team Ferrari will compete in the Pro Cup class. The team is in third place in the overall standings as is Siedler in the drivers’ table. Pro-Am. Ten Ferraris will...

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The Road to Le Mans: AF Corse’s Ferrari #83

Posted by on May 20, 2015

Today we begin our run-up to the 24 Hours of Le Mans during which we will introduce the eight Ferrari client teams lining out at the start on June 13. The French race is, of course, an event that’s worth an entire season, a competition that sets up the careers of the drivers, teams and constructors that manage to get their name on its roll of honour. We start our journey with a drum roll of sorts: the GTE-AM class and the highest-numbered Ferrari in the running, AF Corse’s no. 83. The team. AF Corse has been one of Ferrari’s leading client teams for many years. The partnership between the Prancing Horse and AF Corse has produced the lion’s share of the GT victories of recent years and all those delivered in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) since its launch...

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GT Cup Championship: Three Ferrari Victories

Posted by on May 13, 2015

Brands Hatch delivered a very intense and exciting weekend of racing for round two of the British GT Cup Championship with Ferraris delivering three victories in three different races: one in the main GTO class and two in the GTC category. Race 1. The Ferrari client teams took one victory and four podium positions in all in the first race of the weekend on Saturday. The overall winners were Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz in the Aston Martin of Horsepower Racing/TF Sport. That said, the British car was flanked on the podium by two 458 Italias. JMH Automotive drivers Arwyn Williams and Aaron Scott’s no. 6 Ferrari crossed the finish-line 12 seconds behind the winner while FF Corse’s no. 18 car driven by Darren Nelson and Nigel Greensall was third. There was an all-Ferrari podium in the GTC class, however,...

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Ferrari Challenge Europe: Mugello

Posted by on May 9, 2015

Spectacular first day of the Ferrari Challenge Europe, second round at Mugello Circuit filled with dramatic developments. The day’s winners were Dario Caso, Alessandro Vezzoni and Jacques Duyver, but, in both races, all eyes were on the duels that made for an unforgettable Saturday at the races. Trofeo Pirelli. The Trofeo Pirelli race provided a great show, filled with duels from start to finish. A three-way battle among Dario Caso, “Babalus” and Bjorn Grossmann developed from the very start. “Babalus” (Autoropa) and Grossmann (Octane 126) vied with each other from the start. On the third lap, the German challenged the Italian driver at the Bucine turn and managed to squeeze into the lead. However, the championship leader tried to react at the San Donato turn, ending up wide together with his rival. Dario Caso, a witness to this, seized the...

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WEC: Spa-Francorchamps Image Gallery

Posted by on May 8, 2015

Last weekend’s WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps proved to be an exhilarating race for the Ferraris in the GTE-Pro class, it turned out to be an extremely frustrating day as a series of external factors impacted severely on the performances of both cars and drivers alike. Davide Rigon and James Calado in the no. 71 Ferrari were involved in a mid-race collision, while “Gimmi” Bruni and Toni Vilander’s no. 51 paid dearly for a pit-stop problem that turned into a disastrous penalty that sent the reigning world champions to fourth place in the final standings. The second and third position finishes delivered by Ferraris in the GTE-Am class may not fully compensate for the disappointment but still attest to the superb competitiveness of the cars and their drivers. Our Cavallino photographer and correspondent Hugo Garritsen captured an impressive image gallery of the days events....

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Fourth Place in GTLM and GTD at Laguna Seca

Posted by on May 5, 2015

In a relatively uneventful two hour and forty-minute race at Laguna Seca in Salinas, California, the pair of red Ferrari 458 Italias finished just off the podium in what would prove to be a strong championship points day for both Risi Competizione and Scuderia Corsa. A fourth place finish by Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer in the no. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia allowed them to close the gap in the GT-LeMans driver championship. Fast pit work by the Risi Competizione team allowed Fisichella to lead the race briefly in the first hour, and with the race going caution free throughout the second half, Kaffer would take the checkered flag in fourth position. For the third time in a row, Risi Competizione claimed the DEKRA Green Challenge Award which is given to the most environmentally clean, fast, and...

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Three Out of Three for Ferrari at Le Mans

Posted by on May 5, 2015

The start of the French GT Championship has been dominated in no uncertain terms by Ferrari and its client teams. After AKKA ASP’s victory in the only race to go ahead at Ledenon, three rather than two races were held at the Circuit Bugatti at Le Mans this weekend to make up for the one cancelled the other weekend because of bad weather. In a dazzling display of power, all were won by the 458 Italia GT3s fielded by Sport Garage and Team Duqueine. This means, of course, that the Championship is now led by Ferraristi, albeit no longer the three AKKA ASP drivers but Arno Santamato, Eric Cayrolle and Stephane Lemeret of Sport Garage. Race 1. The first of the scheduled three races took place on Saturday afternoon and was marred by intermittent heavy rain that brought the Safety...

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Vallelunga: Triple Whammy for Ferrari in Race 2

Posted by on May 5, 2015

Having flirted with the podium in Race 1, Scuderia Baldini 27 returned to winning form in Race 2 of the opening round of the Italian GT Championship at Vallelunga. The reigning champion 458 Italia GT3 of Gianmaria Casè and new arrival Stefano Gattuso re-established the status quo by crossing the line ahead two other Ferraris, the BMS Scuderia Italia car of Luigi Lucchini and Mirko Venturi, and the Scuderia Villorba Corse ride of Nicola Schirò and Giovanni Berton. The race. Venturi took an immediate lead at the start, taking the first corner ahead of Mirko Bortolotti (Lamborghini), Gattuso, Vito Postiglione (Prosche), Marco Mapelli (Audi), Berton, Luigi Ferrara (in the Easy Race Ferrari) and Matteo Beretta, winner of Race 1 with  Alex Frassineti. The pace was blistering at the front and Venturi increased his lead over Bortolotti to over two seconds...

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WEC: Spa-Francorchamps Results

Posted by on May 3, 2015

Despite hopes that the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps would prove an exhilarating Saturday for the Ferraris in the GTE-Pro class, it turned out to be an extremely frustrating day as a series of external factors impacted severely on the performances of both cars and drivers alike. Davide Rigon and James Calado in the no. 71 Ferrari were involved in a mid-race collision, while “Gimmi” Bruni and Toni Vilander’s no. 51 paid dearly for a pit-stop problem that turned into a disastrous penalty that sent the reigning world champions to fourth place in the final standings. The second and third position finishes delivered by Ferraris in the GTE-Am class may not fully compensate for the disappointment but still attest to the superb competitiveness of the cars and their drivers. The race. The start showcased just how fast the Aston Martins...

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Ferrari One-Two at Vallelunga

Posted by on May 3, 2015

The 2015 Italian GT Championship got off to a Ferrari-dominated start today as the Prancing Horse clients took a one-two in Race 1 at Vallelunga, with Matteo Beretta in the Ombra 458 Italia GT3 flying across the finish-line ahead of Nicola Schirò and Giovanni Berton in a Scuderia Villorba Corse car. The race. Having taken pole, Frassineti did a brilliant job of rebutting the attacks of his rivals and getting ahead just before the first corner. The Lazio driver was, of course, competing on his home circuit. He had an advantage over Nicola Schirò’s car almost immediately but never really managed to get too far away from him, staying in the black no. 88 458 Italia’s sights for the duration.  Mirko Bortolotti was third in a Lamborghini and set a good pace to hold at bay the third Ferrari in...

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Ferraris Looking to Repeat History at Laguna Seca

Posted by on May 1, 2015

This weekend’s IMSA United SportsCar Championship race at the famed Laguna Seca circuit in Salinas, Calif. will see two examples of the Ferrari 458 Italia battle for class victory on a circuit where Ferraris have been victorious since the gates were opened. A Ferrari 500 TRC driven by Pete Lovely won the first race held at Laguna Seca in September of 1957, and the Ferrari 458 Italias of Risi Competizione and Scuderia Corsa will look to continue in the tradition of that 500 TRC. The no. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia of Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer nearly won the previous IMSA race in Long Beach, California but ultimately finished in second position. After finishing second at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the duo are looking to continue their current streak with another podium result at Laguna Seca....

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WEC: Five Ferraris at Spa-Francorchamps

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015

The World Endurance Championship (WEC) calendar comprises eight rounds taking in some of motorsport’s most fascinating and historic circuits. The two European tracks that represent the pinnacle of endurance racing achievement and history have to be Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans. Happily, this season the WEC offers them up one after another, in a veritable crescendo of action culminating in the 24 Hours at the legendary Sarthe circuit in mid-June. The situation. The Belgian event is the second round of the 2015 WEC, which kicked off with a spectacular Four Hours of Silverstone on April 12.  In round one, AF Corse  and its drivers, World Champions “Gimmi” Bruni and Toni Vilander, did the business in the GT class, in which Ferrari holds Constructors’, Team (courtesy of AF Corse) and Drivers’ titles. They overtook the Porsches and Aston Martins, thanks not only...

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