Three Ferraris at the start of the 24 Hours of Daytona
After the “Pole Award 100” which determined the starting grid for the 2021 edition of the 24 Hours of Daytona, the Ferraris are ready to face one of the most famous endurance races in the world. With 50 cars entered for the event and good weather forecasts for the weekend, expectations for the inaugural act of the IMSA series are high.
GTLM . Risi Competizione’s 488 GTE number 62 will be the only Maranello car in the GT Le Mans class. The American team is chasing its first success at the 24 Hours, the last piece of a mosaic that can count the successes in the most important American endurance races, the last of which is the 2019 Petit Le Mans.
At the wheel of the Ferrari will take turns the official drivers James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Davide Rigon, flanked by the Frenchman Jules Gounon. The riders who will take to the track can boast a total of 25 participations in the race, with Calado collecting his sixth appearance – five with Risi Competizioni – while Pier Guidi and Rigon will climb to eight. Gounon has three starts in the Florida classic, the first with the colors of the American team even though the Frenchman has already competed twice with the team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 and 2020.
GTD. In the GT Daytona class, the assault on victory will be led by Scuderia Corsa’s 488 GT3 Evo 2020 which will start from eighth position. Scuderia Corsa is also on the hunt for its first victory at Daytona, after taking the successes in the 12 Hours of Sebring and in the Petit Le Mans. The team can count on drivers with different experiences in motorsport, starting with Ryan Briscoe, winner of the race in 2020 at the wheel of a prototype of the Dpi class. Alongside the Australian naturalized American, one of the talents of the Indycar series, Ed Jones, who will make his debut both on the Florida track and at the wheel of a GT racing car, will get on the Ferrari. The two will be able to count on the expert Marcos Gomes, who set the fastest lap in the GTD class in 2019 at Daytona and Bret Curtis,
AF Corse will complete Ferrari’s line-up at the start with the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 number 21, which marks the return of the Piacenza team to Daytona after a short break. The Pole Award 100 was not particularly lucky for the Italian car, conditioned by a puncture that determined the sixteenth position on the grid for the start of the 24 Hours. The result does not scare the team that can count on a particularly competitive crew, made up of Daniel Serra, Nicklas Nielsen, Matteo Cressoni and Simon Mann. Serra has a lot of experience at Daytona, having run this race continuously since 2016, while his teammates are making their debut on a North American track, with the exception of Cressoni who has already participated in SRO championship races in the United States.
Program . The green flag for the 24 Hours of Daytona will be flown on Saturday 30th at 3:40 pm local time, 9:40 pm in Italy.