Balzan And Van Overbeek Earn Podium Finish And Help Ferrari Win Gt Manufacturers Title In Scuderia Corsa No. 63 At Final Race Of 2012 Grand-Am Rolex Series
Beverly Hills, California. After several days of pouring rain and cool temperatures that limited track time and tire grip, the duo of Alessandro Balzan and Johannes van Overbeek fought their way to a podium finish in the No. 63 Ferrari 458 at Lime Rock Park while also helping Ferrari win the GT manufacturers title for the 2012 Grand-‐Am Rolex series. The 2:45 minute endurance race saw numerous yellow flags and flying car parts on the famously short, fast course. Known as a tough track to overtake on, drivers were pushing to the limit the entire race, ensuring some of the best racing of the year.
On his team’s podium finish in only their second race, Scuderia Corsa team principal Giacomo Mattioli, said “it was an exciting race until the end. We finished on the podium and more importantly we helped secure the manufacturing championship for Ferrari.
Our crew did great and the drivers raced very well on a challenging track. Now we will celebrate and from tomorrow on we will focus on the 24 Hours of Daytona in January.”
On a wet Saturday morning qualifying session, Johannes van Overbeek -‐ on loan from Scott Sharp’s Extreme Speed Motorsports – placed the No. 63 Ferrari third on the starting grid with a best lap time of 54.59 sec. (98.91 mph) giving co-‐driver Alessandro Balzan a strong position to start the race. “I really want to thank Scott for giving Johannes to us,” said team principal Mattioli. He’s a very quick and reliable driver.”
Friday’s bad weather had forced the team to cancel the afternoon session leaving both drivers with little time behind the wheel. This was Balzan’s first time racing at Lime Rock and his second consecutive race for the newly formed Scuderia Corsa. In his first race for the team he secured the GT pole at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in early September.
Now that the Grand Am Rolex series has concluded for 2012, Scuderia Corsa will focus its efforts preparing the No. 63, its drivers and crew for the ultimate endurance challenge, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, scheduled for January 27, 2013.
Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo created the Scuderia Corsa racing team in 2011 for the sole purpose of supporting the racing needs of Ferrari clients. Turnkey programs include, GT3 endurance racing, Ferrari Challenge Series and track events. Giacomo Mattioli is the owner of Ferrari Maserati Beverly Hills and partner in Ferrari Maserati Silicon Valley with Art Zafiropoulo.
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