March 19, 2016 (Sebring, Fla.) – At the historic 12 Hours of Sebring, the Ferrari 488 GT3 has scored victory in its first race.
Sixty years after Eugenio Castellotti and Juan Fangio drove a Ferrari 860 Monza to Ferrari's first victory at the 1956 12 Hours of Sebring, Scuderia Corsa and drivers Alessandro Balzan, Christina Nielsen and Jeff Segal survived a challenging race that featured multiple caution periods and rainy conditions to score the first podium finish for the new Ferrari 488 GT3.
To be a part of the first race, and the first win, for the 488 GT3 is an incredible feeling – and it is even more amazing that it is Sebring!
The no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3, which was qualified on pole position by Segal, led the early stages of the race before falling down the order due to incidents and changing conditions. However, strategy by the team and the speed of the Ferrari enabled the drivers to move up the order in the second half of the race, with Balzan taking the lead of the GT-Daytona class in the closing minutes of the race.
"I am really, really happy to help Ferrari and Scuderia Corsa to win this race," said Balzan. "To be a part of the first race, and the first win, for the 488 GT3 is an incredible feeling – and it is even more amazing that it is Sebring! It is a great honor to be another Italian to win at Sebring driving a Ferrari, as Castellotti did sixty years ago."
Another Ferrari led the GT-Daytona class at various parts of the 12-hour contest. The no. 51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Matteo Cressoni, Raffaele Gianmaria and Peter Mann ultimately finished in ninth position.
In the GT-LeMans class, the no. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE and drivers Giancarlo Fisichella, Davide Rigon and Toni Vilander narrowly missed the Sebring podium after running near the front of the class throughout the race. Finishing in fourth position, the team scored the DEKRA Green Challenge Award which is presented to the most environmentally clean, fast and efficient GT-LeMans competitor at each IMSA SportsCar Championship event.
The no. 68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari Ferrari 488 GTE driven by Andrea Bertolini, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Daniel Serra overcame a minor issue in the early stages of the race to finish in seventh position in GT-LeMans.
The next race for the IMSA SportsCar Championship will be the Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 15-16.
Ferrari North America
- Michael Mann lines up his cast for a Ferrari bio movie | Digital Trends
- Mercedes boss Toto Wolff shares ruthless Mattia Binotto surprise after Ferrari axe Italian
- Horner: "Very difficult" call for Binotto to leave Ferrari F1
- For Ferrari, a Second-Place Season Full of Mistakes
- Steiner gives Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen inside scoop on new Ferrari engine
- Carlos Sainz admits Ferrari ‘simply out-developed’ by Red Bull, Mercedes
- Why Vasseur's hiring recalls Todt's - and what Ferrari must get right now · RaceFans
- Christian Horner reacts to Mattia Binotto’s imminent Ferrari departure
- Is Ferrari’s next F1 team boss right under their noses after Mattia Binotto exit?
- Ferrari 'rejected by wildcard first choice team principal' before Frederic Vasseur move
- Christian Horner delivers verdict on Lewis Hamilton 2023 resurgence and Ferrari sackings
- Martin Brundle shares how Mercedes and Red Bull will feel about Ferrari axing Binotto
- Charles Leclerc ‘had confidence’ in Ferrari comeback, hopes to ‘never need to be patient again’
- Ferrari follow in Aston Martin’s footsteps by announcing car launch date for 2023
- Lewis Hamilton opens up on emotion after George Russell’s first F1 win in Mercedes team
- Frustrated Charles Leclerc reflects on Ferrari’s Jekyll and Hyde F1-75
- Porsche Coanda dominates Le Mans Virtual 500 Miles of Sebring
- Alpine bat Glickenhaus pour la pole à Sebring
Ferrari commemorates first Sebring victory with first win for 488 GT3 have 618 words, post on www.motorsport.com at March 20, 2016. This is cached page on Auto News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.