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Ferrari 1st in GTD at the Daytona 24 Hours

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014

The first of this year’s major endurance races ended with a great win for the Ferrari 458 GT in the Daytona 24 Hours. The American Level 5 Motorsport team triumphed in the GTD class at the end of a race that was, to say the least, exciting. Car number 555 with Italy’s Alessandro Pier Guidi at the wheel at the time, was first past the flag, having always been in contention for victory. A heart stopping finale, featuring a duel between the Ferrari and an Audi brought the closing laps to life. Then, a penalty imposed by the Stewards for an incident that occurred on the last lap then robbed Alessandro Pier Guidi, Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler, Scott Tucker and Jeff Segal of the chance of celebrating on the podium. However, after the race, IMSA then overturned the decision...

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Good News After the Scare

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014

When there’s a serious accident on track, everything else becomes of secondary importance and the wellbeing of the drivers is the priority, especially for the team-mates. The accident which took place just coming up to the three hour mark and involved the prototype Corvette of Memo Gidley and the 458 GT of Matteo Malucelli, was horrifying and both drivers required treatment on the spot before being taken to hospital in Halifax. Gidley underwent an operation on his left arm and leg, while Malucelli remains under observation with severe cerebral concussion, but the situation is not critical, as the doctors told his wife and Antonello Coletta, head of Ferrari Corse Clienti, who are both with him in Halifax. Matteo’s team-mates, Gianmaria Bruni and Olivier Beretta also rushed to see him and only when hospital staff confirmed the positive evolution of...

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Ferrari Dominates Front Row at Daytona

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014

January 23, 2014 (Daytona Beach, Fla.) In an incredibly close qualifying session for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT-Daytona field on Thursday afternoon, Ferrari sports car ace Toni Vilander qualified the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia on pole position for the historic first race of the TUDOR Championship. Demonstrating the speed of the 458 Italia, five examples of the model qualified in the top-eight of the 29-car GT-D field. The Rolex 24 at Daytona is also the first race of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. Vilander, who missed the Roar Before the 24 earlier in January, recorded a lap of 1:47.028 to narrowly take the coveted pole position. “Even though I had so little track time, I was confident when I got in the car for practice and was on the pace immediately,” said Vilander....

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