No 68 Ferrari 488 GTE took a turn at the head of GTLM Class before finishing fifth
July 3, 2016 (Watkins Glen, N.Y.) – For the second time this season, Scuderia Corsa has found IMSA’s victory lane, marking Team fourth consecutive GTD Class podiums in five races.
At Sunday’s Six Hours of the Glen, the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari driven by Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Segal scored victory. Leading during the final hour of the race, the Ferrari had to withstand multiple late-race restarts and pressure from chasing GT-D class cars
The victory, which was the fourth straight podium for Nielsen and Balzan, have allowed them to grow their lead in the drivers’ championship to 13 points. With Watkins Glen also being the third round of the North American Endurance Cup, the team also moved into third position in the NAEC championship.
“We weren’t sure we were going to make it through today’s race,” said Nielsen. “We had some issues early in the race, but the fact that we were standing on the top of the podium shows that this was a total team effort. We are very lucky to have very talented engineers who nailed the strategy, and a team that was able to keep us in the race. The Ferrari was a pleasure to drive here at Watkins Glen – I had a lot of fun!”
Tasked with taking the Ferrari to the checkered flag, Balzan battled through the GT-Daytona field and then held off that same field from two restarts in the final hour. After six hours of racing, margin of victory was 1.8 seconds.
“Today felt like I was qualifying for three hours!” said Balzan. “Early in the race, Christina and Jeff had some issues with the car and I was worried that we might not be able to finish the race. It is amazing how the crew from Scuderia Corsa and Michelotto managed to fix the problem so quickly. The Ferrari was really good today, and it was getting better and better and I was getting crazy pressure from the cars that were behind. I think the secret to our success lately is that we are having fun, and I’m so proud of how Christina drove today and of the team’s performance.”
In the GT-LeMans class, the no. 68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE was driven by Daniel Serra and Alessandro Pier Guidi to a fifth place finish. An aggressive strategy decision by the team put the car solidly into third position in the final hour, but late race cautions erased its track position and left Serra vulnerable to cars immediately behind him who were on fresher tires.
“Today we had to overcome several issues” said Team owner Giacomo Mattioli. “I am extremely proud of the crew and drivers; it is in the adversity that you see the quality of the Team. Our crew and drivers at N.68 did the best they could to fight an uphill battle due to the constrains of the BoP”.
Scuderia Corsa’s GT-Daytona Ferrari will compete again this coming week, July 8-10, at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
About Scuderia Corsa
2016 24Hours of Le Mans GTE-Am winner, 2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium, 2015 IMSA GTD and 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2013 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo.
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