LAKEVILLE, Connecticut (July 23, 2017)- Surviving a race notorious for repeated incidents and on-track chaos, Scuderia Corsa and the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 would avoid incident during today’s race at Lime Rock Park, continuing a strong season with a sixth-place finish. Their seventh consecutive top-10 in eight races, both the team as well as drivers Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan would grow their IMSA championship points lead in the process. Additionally, Ferrari continues to lead in the Manufacturer’s Championship as a result.
Starting the race in eighth, Christina Nielsen would take on starting duties, with a championship focus being critical. Avoiding incident, Nielsen’s opening stint would prove incredibly strong, advancing as high as second throughout the opening cycle, pitting after the first hour to let her teammate continue.
Alessandro Balzan’s drive to the finish would continue the team’s calculated approach. Involved in several on-track battles, Alessandro would set several fast laps and excellent pit stops advancing the team to fourth, but ultimately resolving to maintain the car and fall back to sixth by the end.
Today is a race with mixed feelings,” stated Nielsen. “I’m happy because we extended our lead in the championship, the team keeps improving with the setup, and it’s a huge plus to have such a good car to drive. I think we’ve proven that consistency is the key, the Ferrari has been a good car to race lately, and we know we what we need to do to improve and move on to Road America.”
For Alessandro Balzan, avoiding the calamity of Lime Rock was critical.
“Being able to escape Lime Rock without major incident was very important for us,” stated Balzan. “It’s always such a wild race to take part in, we knew that one bad move could have completely changed the whole season, so to walk away with a solid result is a huge positive for us. The championship points lead continues, and now with only four races left, so we’re very focused.”
For Giacomo Mattioli, owner of Scuderia Corsa, the team’s championship placement at this point in the season is very encouraging.
“This is a great position to be in as we near the end of the season,” stated Mattioli. “At this point in the championship last year, we actually had a smaller lead than we do now, and we went to win our third championship. The team did a remarkable job today to push through a weekend that can have major championship implications, so we can be satisfied with that and continue on to Road America.”
The next round of IMSA competition will continue in just two weeks’ time at the famed Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Practice will begin on Friday, August 4, with race on Sunday, August 5. Broadcast coverage will begin on Sunday, August 5 at 2:30PM Eton FOX Sports 1.
About Scuderia Corsa
2017 Le Mans podium, 2017 6H of Watkins Glen podium, 2017 12H of Sebring podium, 2016 IMSA GTD Champion, 2016 24Hours of Le Mans GTE-Am winner, 2016 6H of Watkins Glen Winner, 2016 12H of Sebring Winner, 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GTA Champion, 2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium, 2015 IMSA GTD and 2013 Grand-AM GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2013 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo. Follow Scuderia Corsa on Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, on Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at @Scuderiacorsaferrari and ScuderiaCorsa.com
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