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Ferrari: 488 GT3 Evo 2020 Crowned Endurance Cup Champion At GT World Challenge Europe

GT World Challenge Europe – Exciting final, Pier Guidi Endurance Cup champion

With a strategic gamble, Alessandro Pier Guidi managed to win the 1000 Km of Paul Ricard together with Tom Blomqvist and Come Ledogar at the wheel of the 488 GT3 Evo 2020, becoming Endurance Cup champion in the GT World Challenge Europe.

Fourth hour. At the halfway point, the expected rain began to descend in some sections of the track which was declared wet by the race director. This condition, not particularly favorable to the Maranello cars, was very reminiscent of the one experienced during the recent 24 Hours of Spa. In this phase, both Ledogar and Antonio Fuoco performed a double stint with the first in third position and the Italian seventh . In the Pro Am class, Machiels was in third place ahead of Eddie Cheever, fourth, and Pierre Ehret, seventh. The rain wet the track in some places without forcing the drivers to change tires even if the lower grip created some problems for several cars. Among these, the number 52 of AF Corse which, with Machiels at the wheel, he spun on the straight, breaking the rear wing and part of the front bodywork, forcing the team to withdraw the car. The same fate also for the second Rinaldi Racing car, forced to abandon the race while Ehret was at the wheel. The only Ferrari still competing in the Pro Am class was Sky Tempesta Racing’s 488 GT3 Evo 2020 with Eddie Cheever in third position.

Fifth hour. With the stroke of the hour, the stops for the first ones began but the two Ferraris of Ledogar and Fuoco extended their shift trying to make the most of the free track. The Italian stopped during the 123rd lap to make room for Sirotkin, while Pier Guidi took over Ledogar two laps later, returning to the track in second position. The 2017 world champion had to recover 10 ”6 on Jaminet, in command of the race, while Sirotkin tried to reduce the delay from Bortolotti. However, the battle between the Porsche of GPX Racing and the Ferrari of AF Corse captured the attention as the two crews were the great protagonists of the fight for the championship.

Sixth hour. As night fell, the race reached its crucial moment. The last stops, in fact, changed the face of the ranking. Extending the stint as much as possible, Pier Guidi stopped in the pits during lap 158 and ran the risk of replacing only the two left tires in a pit that was still perfectly executed by the AF Corse mechanics. The Italian was thus able to get back on track right in front of Jaminet’s Porsche and, from that moment on, he pushed to stretch over his rival, with an advantage ranging between 2 and 3 seconds. With Cheever third in the Pro Am and Sirotkin seventh in the Pro class, the whole AF Corse box held its breath to follow the final minutes of the race.

GT World Challenge Europe – ‘Tale of the Tape’ at GT World Challenge Endurance Cup

Alessandro Pier Guidi and AF Corse won the Endurance Cup in the GT World Challenge Europe thanks to an extraordinary success in the Paul Ricard 1000 Km, the final act of the SRO series.

Pro. The victory came at the end of a hard-fought race where the courageous strategic choice of changing just two tires at the last stop 41 minutes from the end, allowed Pier Guidi to take the lead and cross the finish line with 1 ”6 ahead of the GPX Racing Porsche, driven at that time by Mathieu Jaminet, with whom the Ferrari driver was playing for the title. The race started with the 488 GT3 Evo 2020s of SMP Racing and AF Corse in front of everyone, after yesterday’s splendid qualifying session, and proposed the Maranello cars always in the top positions. The race was thrilling, albeit conditioned in the central part by the rain which, while not forcing the drivers to change tires, slowed down an otherwise decidedly fast pace. Ferrari number 51 had proposed Tom Blomqvist in the first two stints and Côme Ledogar in the two central hours of the race, with Pier Guidi at the wheel in the final phase of the race. On this occasion, the English and French drivers replaced Pier Guidi’s usual companions, James Calado and the new FIA WEC Endurance Trophy winner Nicklas Nielsen who took part yesterday in the Bahrain 8 Hours. In the last forty minutes of the race, Pier Guidi showed great coldness and solidity by controlling the Porsche that followed him with a gap of between 2 and 3 seconds, deservedly crossing the finish line first. Final seventh place for the SMP Racing Ferrari with Sergey Sirotkin, Toni Vilander and Antonio Fuoco at the wheel.

Pro Am . In the Pro Am class, Sky Tempesta Racing’s 488 GT3 Evo 2020 finished the race in third position with Chris Froggatt, Eddie Cheever and Jonathan Hui. The three produced compelling evidence that allowed them to be in command of operations early in the race. The podium seals a memorable season for Froggatt and Cheever who had won the Sprint Cup in Barcelona. The other three Ferraris registered for the event were forced to retire.

Titles . The French race concludes the 2020 season of the continental series organized by SRO which, this year, allows Ferrari to celebrate six titles. Today’s success in fact gives Alessandro Pier Guidi and AF Corse the laurels of the Endurance Cup in the Pro class which are added to those won by Chris Froggatt, Eddie Cheever and Sky Tempesta Racing in the Pro Am class, absolute champions and in the Sprint Cup. For Pier Guidi, today’s one represents the fifth international title in his career.

Numbers . For the 488 GT3, on the other hand, the palmares is enriched with further record numbers. In fact, 81 championships have been won, thanks also to 349 victories out of 631 starts, testifying to the extraordinary competitiveness and reliability of the car from Maranello.

Antonello Coletta, Head of Ferrari Competizioni GT . ” The victory of Alessandro Pier Guidi and AF Corse in the Endurance Cup comes at the height of a very hard and very particular season, and at the end of a very tight and thrilling race, won thanks to a great strategy, an excellent work by the Team and a great driver. I am really happy for these titles and I would also like to thank James Calado and Nicklas Nielsen who have contributed with their performances over the course of the season to put Alessandro and the team in a position to become champions. My congratulations also to Chris Froggatt, Eddie Cheever and the Sky Tempesta Racing team for the four titles obtained in the Pro Am class thanks to a season as protagonists ”.

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