Successes for Ferrari in GT!
With all the GT seasons nearing their end, Ferrari can look back on an extremely succesful season. The ELMS series and WEC still have some races to go but the crews of the Ferrari 488 GT3 cars in the Blancpain endurance cup can put their helmets away and go off to enjoy their winterbreak.
After an imperfect qualifying, the Ferraris proved competitive from the start with car no. 51 of Spirit Of Race immediately head of the pack. Bertolini put in some excellent stints, as did Mastronardi and Roda whose domination was almost total. The Swiss team’s 488 GTE finished nearly a lap ahead of Will Stevens, Rob Smith and Jody Fannin of JMW Motorsport. Fourth place went to the third 488 GTE in the race, Spirit Of Race no. 55 crewed by Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Aaron Scott.
The victory for the #51 means that all three Ferrari’s have at least won one race this year. It also means that all three Ferrari’s still have a chance of winning the title with just one race left. JMW Motorsport just needs to finish in front of the Aston Martin of TF sports to claim the championship.
Blancpain endurance cup
The track win came in the Am Cup, which was dominated by the 488 GT3 of Rinaldi Racing crewed by Mastronardi and Ehret. However, a third place for the sister car of Kessel Racing sealed the team and drivers’ titles for Duyver, Zanuttini and Perel who this season won the most prestigious race, the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. David Perel also collected the overall title, which takes account of the results of both Endurance and Sprint races.
The other Rinaldi Racing entry in Barcelona, the 488 GT3 no. 333 of Alexander Mattschull, Rinat Salikhov and Daniel Keilwitz, sealed the Pro-Am class title in the Endurance Cup with a second place in the race behind the Lamborghini of Barwell Motorsport.
The Pro class race and season were less fortunate overall. The best 488 GT3 was that of SMP Racing whose drivers, Victor Shaytar, Miguel Molina and Davide Rigon, finished in fourth place in the standings.