May 1, 2016 (Salinas, Calif.) – Scuderia Corsa started and finished Sunday by spraying champagne from the podium at Laguna Seca.
Both of the team’s cars, the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 and the no. 68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE, battled for the lead but finished in second position in each of their IMSA United SportsCar Championship races held on Sunday.
After qualifying on pole, Serra led the field to the green flag for Sunday morning’s race featuring the GT-LeMans class. He led for the first twenty-six laps in the no. 68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE before a full course caution and alternate strategies came into play. In the closing minutes of the race Alessandro Pier Guidi made up two positions to move the Ferrari into second position, scoring the team’s first podium in the GT-LeMans class.
The team’s performance also meant it scored the DEKRA Green Award, given to the most clean, fast, and efficient team in the GT-LeMans class.
“We are very happy to be able to have a performance like this here in Laguna Seca,” said Serra. “We’ve had a huge improvement from Long Beach, to be able to lead the race and nearly win. We had some concerns about the tire degradation, because Laguna Seca is very hard on tires and it was very warm, but the balance and handling of the Ferrari meant this wasn’t a problem. It’s a great result for us.”
“This weekend, we had the best result possible in GT-LeMans,” said Pier Guidi. “I don’t think there was anything more that we could have done – we achieved the maximum performance out of the team and the car. We are in a way disappointed that we did not win, but it is a good day when we are unhappy with second place! It’s a great result for Scuderia Corsa and Ferrari.”
In the afternoon’s GT-Daytona race, Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan brought the team’s second podium of the day. From the start, Nielsen held onto second position until turning the car over to Balzan. Balzan, in turn, drove to the checkered flag in second position. After scoring their first victory of the season at Sebring, Sunday’s podium at Laguna Seca has propelled the drivers and team to the lead of the GT-Daytona championship.
“It was sort of a nice, stress-free day driving the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari,” said Nielsen. “The track had become very warm and I wanted to manage the car, because I knew tire degradation could be a big issue. But the Ferrari worked very well for me and I was able to create a big gap to the cars behind me. Alessandro was able to challenge for the lead later on, but we are really happy to finish with another podium and to gain the championship lead.”
With a large number of clients and supporters from nearby Ferrari Silicon Valley, the team’s partner dealership, as well as several Scuderia Corsa partners there was extra motivation for the team on Sunday. Leaving with two podiums and a championship lead meant it was a hugely successful weekend.
“We enjoyed a really great day in Laguna Seca,” said Giacomo Mattioli, Scuderia Corsa team owner. “To score our first GT-LeMans podium is fantastic, and adding to it with our GT-Daytona podium makes it even better. Each of our teams executed perfectly today – all of our drivers and our crew – which I am especially proud of. We had a lot of friends and a lot of supporters here this weekend, and I can’t describe how great it was to see our drivers on the podium spraying champagne today, and to leave with the championship lead in GT-Daytona.”
The next round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship will be June 3-4 at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan.
About Scuderia Corsa
2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium, 2015 IMSA GTD and 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2013 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo.
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