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Ferrari 488 GT3 EVO 2020 - GTD PRO - Risi Comptizione - Pier Guidi _ James Calado _ Daniel Serra _ Davide Rigon - #62

Ferrari 488 GT3 EVO 2020 - GTD PRO - Risi Comptizione - Pier Guidi _ James Calado _ Daniel Serra _ Davide Rigon - #62

 

DAYTONA BEACH, 24th January, 2022

Three Ferrari teams came through Sunday’s 100-minute qualifying race without incident to earn starting positions for this weekend’s 60th 24 Hours At Daytona, the opening round of the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. 

Risi Competizione qualified 11th in the new GTD Pro category, while Cetilar Racing placed 12th and AF Corse 17th in GTD. Both classes feature international GT3 machinery, with GTD limited to Pro-Am driver lineups.

Davide Rigon and Daniel Serra drove the new No 62 Pennzoil Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 in GTD Pro, which has replaced the GTLM category starting with the 2022 season. They will be joined by Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado in the race. Rigon qualified fifth in the class with a lap of 1:46.805-seconds, but went to the back of the 61-car field after the team had a gearbox issue Sunday morning. Rigon fought back to 13th before handing the car over to Serra, who gained two positions in the closing laps.

“The race went well, but we had no speed in a straight line,” Serra said. “We hope they will improve the BOP for next week, but the balance of the car is very good. We still have work to do, but we’re happy with the balance. We had that issue, so we lost the warm-up and the formation lap. There was a lot of traffic, and when you start at the back with no speed on the straights, it’s very difficult.”

No stranger to IMSA’s endurance races, Cetilar Racing is making its first start in IMSA competition with the Ferrari brand, extending a European partnership with AF Corse. Roberto Lacorte and Alessio Rovera drove in the qualifying race, and will be joined by Giorgio Sernagiotto and Antonio Fuoco in the bright blue No. 47 Cetilar Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 for the race.

Lacorte was fifth in qualifying, running 1:47.271-seconds. Falling back in the early going, he was seventh at his pit stop. Rovera returned to the race in 12th, and held the position throughout his stint. “It was difficult,” Rovera said. “We were not in the best position, but I’m sure we will improve for the 24 Hour. This race was just a warm-up. Next week we will be ready, for sure.”

Toni Vilander, Luis Perez Companc, Simon Mann and Nicklas Nielsen share the No. 21 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020. Companc was ninth in Saturday time trials, running 1:48.125-seconds, and was joined by Vilander in the race. “It’s good to get track time before the race, but the Roar is very difficult to analyze,” Vilander said. “There are a lot of strange things going on track that will be completely opposite when we go racing next weekend. As racing drivers, we always want to do our max. We prepare to go fast. Then you see cars that will be battling for the win, and then in the Roar they are nowhere. It’s always been the same, but at some point I wish it would end.

“The Prototype classes were really on it today, and they were battling for positions,” Vilander added. “The traffic will be a tough issue for the race. It’s difficult for IMSA to have this big field, because with the large number of cars there will be a lot of cautions. This race was more like a practice day, and it’s impossible to make any conclusions about the speed of any cars.”

On-track preparation for the 24 Hour resumes with three practice sessions on Thursday and the green flag will fall on the 24 hour contest on Saturday at 1:40p.m. Eastern.


PRO Class

OA

IC

Class

R#

Make Model

s/n

Driver

20

1

PRO

#63

Lamborghini Huracan

 

Marco Mapelli /
Andrea Caldarelli /
Mirko Bortolotti /
Rolf Ineichen

21

2

PRO

#79

Porsche 911

 

Cooper MacNeil /
Julien Andlauer /
Matteo Cairoli /
Alessio Picariello

22

3

PRO

#9

Porsche 911

 

Matt Campbell /
Mathieu Jaminet /
Felipe Nasr

25

4

PRO

#97

Mercedes-AMG

 

Cooper MacNeil /
Daniel Juncadella /
Maro Engel /
Jules Gounon

26

5

PRO

#15

Mercedes-AMG

 

Dirk Müller /
Patrick Assenheimer /
Austin Cindric

27

6

PRO

#23

Aston Martin Vantage

 

Ross Gunn /
Alex Riberas /
Maxime Martin

28

7

PRO

#14

Lexus RC F

 

Jack Hawksworth /
Ben Barnicoat /
Kyle Kirkwood

33

8

PRO

#3

Chevrolet Corvette C8.R

 

Antonio Garcia /
Jordan Taylor /
Nicky Catsburg

38

9

PRO

#4

Chevrolet Corvette C8.R

 

Tommy Milner /
Nick Tandy /
Marco Sorensen

41

10

PRO

#2

Porsche 911

 

Laurens Vanthoor /
Patrick Pilet /
Dennis Olsen /
Alexandre Imperatori

43

11

PRO

#62

Ferrari 488

 

Alessandro Pier Guidi /
James Calado /
Daniel Serra /
Davide Rigon

44

12

PRO

#25

BMW M4

 

Connor De Phillippi /
John Edwards /
Augusto Farfus /
Jesse Krohn

46

13

PRO

#24

BMW M4

 

Philipp Eng /
Marco Wittmann /
Nick Yelloly /
Sheldon van der Linde



GTD Class

 

OA

IC

Class

R#

Make Model

s/n

Driver

23

1

GTD

#57

Mercedes-AMG

 

Russell Ward /
Philip Ellis /
Mikael Grenier /
Lucas Auer

24

2

GTD

#59

McLaren 720S

 

Lance Bergstein /
Jon Miller /
Patrick Gallagher /
Paul Holton

29

3

GTD

#16

Porsche 911

 

Ryan Hardwick /
Zacharie Robichon /
Jan Heylen /
Richard Lietz

30

4

GTD

#12

Lexus RC F

 

Frankie Montecalvo /
Aaron Telitz /
Richard Heistand /
Townsend Bell

31

5

GTD

#75

Mercedes-AMG

 

Kenny Habul /
Luca Stolz /
Raffaele Marciello /
Fabian Schiller

32

6

GTD

#32

Mercedes-AMG

 

Mike Skeen /
Guy Cosmo /
Stevan McAleer /
Scott Andrews

34

7

GTD

#28

Mercedes-AMG

 

Daniel Morad /
Michael de Quesada /
Linus Lundqvist /
Maximilian Goetz

35

8

GTD

#70

McLaren 720S

 

Brendan Iribe /
Frederik Schandorff /
Ollie Millroy /
Jordan Pepper

37

9

GTD

#39

Lamborghini Huracan

 

Robert Megennis /
Corey Lewis /
Sandy Mitchell /
Jeff Westphal

39

10

GTD

#44

Aston Martin Vantage

 

John Potter /
Andy Lally /
Spencer Pumpelly /
Jonathan Adam

40

11

GTD

#98

Aston Martin Vantage

 

Paul Dalla Lana /
David Pittard /
Charlie Eastwood /
Nicki Thiim

42

12

GTD

#47

Ferrari 488

 

Roberto Lacorte /
Antonio Fuoco /
Giorgio Sernagiotto /
Alessio Rovera

45

13

GTD

#19

Lamborghini Huracan

 

Bill Sweedler /
John Megrue /
Giacomo Altoe /
Jeff Segal

47

14

GTD

#99

Porsche 911

 

Rob Ferriol /
Katherine Legge /
Stefan Wilson /
Nick Boulle

48

15

GTD

#34

Porsche 911

 

Kyle Washington /
James Sofronas /
Jeroen Bleekemolen /
Klaus Bachler

49

16

GTD

#66

Acura NSX

 

Kyffin Simpson /
Till Bechtolsheimer /
Marc Miller /
Mario Farnbacher

50

17

GTD

#21

Ferrari 488

 

Simon Mann /
Luis Perez Companc /
Nicklas Nielsen /
Toni Vilander

52

18

GTD

#42

Lamborghini Huracan

 

Don Yount /
Benja Hites /
Jaden Conwright /
Markus Palttala

54

19

GTD

#64

Porsche 911

 

Ted Giovanis /
Hugh Plumb /
Matt Plumb /
Owen Trinkler

56

20

GTD

#96

BMW M4

 

Robby Foley /
Bill Auberlen /
Michael Dinan /
Jens Klingmann

57

21

GTD

#27

Aston Martin Vantage

 

Roman De Angelis /
Ian James /
Darren Turner /
Tom Gamble

59

22

GTD

#71

Lamborghini Huracan

 

Franck Perera /
Mateo Llarena /
Maximilian Paul /
Misha Goikhberg