BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (July 10, 2017)- Further proving the team’s commitment to consistency and a championship effort, Scuderia Corsa and the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 would take their sixth consecutive podium during yesterday’s seventh round of IMSA competition at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Finishing third, both the team and drivers’ Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan would bolster their championship lead in the GTD category, and the result has provisionally secured Ferrari at the top of the Manufacturer’s Championship.
Qualifying fifth, Christina Nielsen would open up the two-hour, forty-minute race with a steady start, generally holding within the lead pack throughout the opening laps. Focused on the championship, Christina would once again exercise restraint over valor throughout the opening laps, eventually settling in to lap times on par with the race leaders.
Once all pit services were completed, Alessandro Balzan would assume driving duties and make quick work of the field in front of him. Moving up to fourth, the final stint would see a wild series of laps including drying conditions, and multiple incidents throughout the closing 30 minutes. Between great pace, pit stops and strategy, Balzan would elevate to third by time he crossed the finish line.
For Christina Nielsen, another podium result provides satisfaction.
“To finish on the podium is absolutely amazing,” stated Nielsen. “The team is great at what they do and had some difficult conditions with the weather and the rain, and then drying, it was a bit of everything. As a driver you always look at ways you can improve, but we increased the points as well which was great, so very happy with the weekend overall.”
For Alessandro Balzan, the championship focus is as strong as ever.
“It was a wild final stint for all of us,” stated Balzan. “With the weather changing every lap, we had to be very smart and very patient, but it paid off.I was really just focusing on not making mistakes as the car went from dry, to wet conditions, then drying again, but we were able to hold on. We’re now in the second half of the season and very focused on keeping this consistency up.”
“Gaining the Manufacturer Championship lead and extending our championship lead is a great position to walk away with,” stated Mattioli. “Christina did a great job, putting in some great lap-times and zero mistakes, and the team executed flawlessly. The final hour was pretty intense and Alessandro showed why he is the best in the business. We look forward to the upcoming Ferrari Challenge weekend here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.”
While the next round of IMSA competition will continue in just two weeks’ time at the historic Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, Scuderia Corsa will remain in Canada, with the next round of Ferrari Challenge North America taking place next weekend, conveniently remaining at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The team will provide continuous updates throughout the weekend.
About Scuderia Corsa
2017 Le Mans podium, 2017 Sebring 12H 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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