GT Competitions – Titles and victories for the Ferrari 488 GT3 and GTE at the weekend
A weekend full of successes and titles for Ferrari in the main championships reserved for GT cars. The Maranello manufacturer brings international laurels to 75 with the 488 GT3 which, this year, continued to win also in the Evo 2020 configuration.
GT World Challenge Europe. The last act of the Sprint Cup of the SRO championship took place in Barcelona with three races that awarded all the titles up for grabs. After the victory of Andrea Bertolini and Louis Machiels in the AF Corse Ferrari in Race 1, at the end of sixty minutes of Race 2 full of twists and emotions, Eddie Cheever and Chris Froggatt, at the wheel of Sky’s 488 GT3 Evo 2020 Tempesta Racing, they won the success and the title in the Pro-Am class. The duo was the protagonist of an extraordinary race that seemed compromised at the end of the first lap following a contact that had sent them to the rear of the group. Thanks to a formidable comeback, also favored by a Safety Car in the last third of the race, the Italian-British crew crossed the line in first position, becoming champion of the Sprint Cup of the GT World Challenge Europe, while Sky Tempesta Racing won the success among the teams. In Race 3, the success of Andrea Bertolini and Louis Machiels allowed the Ferraris to obtain victory in all the races held in the Sprint Cup this 2020.
Le Mans Cup. The double podium conquered by the Iron Lynx 488 GT3 Evo 2020 in the fifth and penultimate round of the Le Mans Cup which took place on the Monza circuit, awarded the team the title in the debut season. A complicated race, especially in the early stages, with three interventions by the Safety Car in the first half hour, which ended with Niccolò Schirò’s Iron Lynx Ferraris and the new Ferrari Challenge Europe champion Emanuele Maria Tabacchi in second position and that by Giacomo Piccini and Rino Mastronardi in third. The result virtually delivers the drivers’ title to Mastronardi who, at 106 points, has in his crew mate, Giacomo Piccini, his closest rival, and mathematically that teams at Iron Lynx with one race to spare.
ELMS . The 488 GTE of Kessel Racing driven by Michael Broniszewski, David Perel and Nicola Cadei won the 4 Hours of Monza, the fourth round of the European Le Mans Series and extends in the general classification with one race to go. An excellent result, completed by the excellent third place of the Iron Lynx Ferrari of Manuela Gostner, Michelle Gatting and Rahel Frey, on the second consecutive podium after the one won at Paul Ricard. Kessel Racing, as well as the winners of the Italian round, are at the top of their respective rankings.
Numbers from legend . The results of the weekend allow us to update an extraordinary palmares that sees the 488 GT3 reach 333 victories (54.3%) and exceed 600 podiums (98%) in 613 between national and international races, taking into account both absolute and of class and bring to 75 the number of championships won since 17 March 2016, when the car took to the track for its first competitive engagement. Very respectable numbers also for the 488 GTE which collected 30 wins (38.4%) and 20 pole positions (25.6%) on 78 starts.
ANTONELLO COLETTA – HEAD OF FERRARI GT SPORTS ACTIVITIES
“The results and above all the titles won this weekend by the drivers and teams who have chosen to race with a Ferrari make us extremely happy and proud. In fact, they confirm that the competitiveness of the 488, both in the GT3 and in the GTE configuration, is excellent. The 75 titles won and the over 300 victories obtained by our car testify to the goodness of our project and the excellent work of the teams that bring the 488 to the track. “