ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (August 6, 2017)- Enjoying a solid race at one of the fastest tracks in all of North America, Scuderia Corsa and the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 would demonstrate quick lap times, excellent pit stops, and faultless driving en route to a fifth-place finish, just three seconds shy of the winner, during today’s race at the scenic Road America. Serving as their seventh top-five in nine races this season, the team, as well as drivers Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan, maintained their hold on the IMSA championship lead with three races remaining, meanwhile the position would also prove similar for Ferrari, currently leading the Manufacturer’s Championship in the GTD category.
Alessandro Balzan’s reputation as one of the best championship-minded drivers in the paddock continued, moving up to fourth during the course of his middle stint, providing some of the fastest laps in the field.
For Christina Nielsen, consistency and a championship hold would ultimately provide the best reward.
“It’s a little disappointing, which is ironic because we had a top-five finish,” stated Nielsen. “I think we did the best we could with what we had, the team setup the car well and we had a good overall performance. It’s always a pleasure with everyone on the team and have fun, so to be disappointed with a fifth place is a luxury problem. We still are strong in the championship, and once again proved consistency is the key, and we are on top of it.”
For Alessandro Balzan, the team’s championship form is at a premium.
“I’m very happy with my first stint, I was able to gain a position with some hard fighting on the track,” stated Balzan. “Unfortunately we were very unlucky with a full-course yellow and we lost a spot, but honestly I’m very happy with the car that Scuderia Corsa gave me, the 63 was very nice and I squeezed all I had, this was the maximum we could achieve, and the target is always the championship so of course I’m happy.”
“It was a very hard fight, as the top five was separated by 3 seconds only” stated Mattioli. “The crew did an outstanding job, the drivers performed very well. We maintained a solid lead for Team & Drivers titles and for Ferrari in the Manufacturer Championship”
While the next round IMSA competition will resume in three weeks, Scuderia Corsa will actually remain in Road America as part of next weekend’s fourth round of the Ferrari Challenge, where the team will compete with 11 cars.
The next round of IMSA competition will take place at the scenic VIRginia International Raceway, with practice beginning on Friday, August 25, and the race on Sunday, August 27. Broadcast coverage will begin on Sunday, August 27 at 1:30PM ET on 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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