Published on May 3rd, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
More Podiums for Ferrari 488 GTE in IMSA SportsCar Championship
Both racing versions of Ferrari’s new GT racer brought home hardware after Sunday’s pair of IMSA SportsCar Championship races at Laguna Seca. Both of the Ferrari 488 GTEs in the GT-LeMans class took turns leading Sunday morning’s race.
From pole position, Daniel Serra led the field throughout the opening stint in the no. 68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE, while the middle part of the race saw the no. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE that was started by Toni Vilander and taken over by Giancarlo Fisichella lead the field.
This was the second straight podium in GT-LeMans for Ferrari, after Risi Competizione finished in third position at the previous round in Long Beach. Fisichella and Vilander finished in fifth position.
The Scuderia Corsa Ferrari also captured the Dekra Green Award for being the most clean, fast and efficient team through a scoring system developed in partnership between IMSA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and SAE International.
Scuderia Corsa drivers Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen (pic below) jumped to the lead of the GT-Daytona championship with a trouble-free run to second position in Sunday afternoon’s race. Starting from the second position, the Ferrari remained in that place throughout the two-hour contest crossing the finish line less than three seconds behind Mario Farnbacher and Alex Riberas (Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche).
Combined with their victory in Sebring, Balzan and Nielsen have emerged as the clear championship leaders after three rounds. The next race for IMSA will be on June 3-4.