ALTON, Virginia (May 1, 2017)- After leading the majority of laps throughout both races of this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge SprintX season opener, Scuderia Corsa drivers Martin Fuentes and Stefan Johansson had their races cut short by two separate incidents for the No. 7 Hublot Ferrari 458 GT3.
With only 60-minutes to achieve top results, the weekend’s SprintX races provided no shortage of excitement, with the tricky nature of the 3.3 mile configuration creating multiple highlights all weekend.
For the No. 7 Hublot Ferrari, the pace of the organization was proven all weekend. Both drivers would lead at different stages of each race, often outpacing competitors in higher classes, as well as running some of the fastest laps.
Unfortunately, contact from behind on both days would cut short their effort. On Saturday, Fuentes would be behind the wheel as he was run off track from behind, and after a great job by the team to repair the car for Sunday’s race, Johannson would also receive contact from behind and make hard contact with the guardrail during the closing moments of the race. Fortunately neither driver was injured.
For Martin Fuentes, a difficult weekend was highlighted by a great effort from the team.
“A very tough weekend for Scuderia Corsa,” stated Martin Fuentes. “In both races we were leading our class, and we got hit. It’s frustrating, but this is what racing is all about. Scuderia Corsa gave us a good car, and we’ll just try to wrap it up and focus on the next events.”
For Stefan Johansson, a rough weekend is one to look past.
“This was a really difficult weekend for all of us,” stated Johansson. “Obviously I’m very frustrated personally to have both Martin and myself get hit from behind and have both races thrown away like that, but this is part of the sport and luckily the team and Ferrari have put together a very strong machine that I was able to walk away from unharmed. We still had many positives, most notably Martin and I led many laps, which showed that our Ferrari was fast, and we had the right pace and strategy to achieve results.”
For team owner Giacomo Mattioli, the team’s potential was taken away by avoidable contacts in both races. .
“We’re all disappointed in the weekend,” stated Mattioli. “With Martin and Stefan we knew we had two excellent drivers for the class, and throughout much of the event we demonstrated our pace by leading before being pushed from the back in both races. We do hope to see the appropriate action taken by the series.”
With only three weeks until the next SprintX round, the Pirelli World Challenge will head to the historic Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, formerly known as “Mosport.” The weekend will once again feature a double-header of racing, with Race One taking place on Saturday, May 20 at 1:45PM ET, and Race Two on Sunday, May 21, at 3:40PM ET. Live streaming will be available for both races at world-challenge.com/streamvideo/.