Two Ferrari wins in Bucharest and Mosport Maranello (Modena), 25th August 2008 - Last weekend, Ferrari netted two new and important wins in the international Grand Touring arena, coming out on top in the GT2 classes of the FIA GT Championship...
Two Ferrari wins in Bucharest and Mosport
Maranello (Modena), 25th August 2008 - Last weekend, Ferrari netted two new and important wins in the international Grand Touring arena, coming out on top in the GT2 classes of the FIA GT Championship and the American Le Mans Series.
For the first time in the history of the FIA GT Championship, on the Rumanian street circuit in Bucharest, the event was run in two one hour long races. Victory in the GT2 class went to the CR Scuderia F430: Robert Bell and Andrew Kirkaldy, taking their first win of the season, beating by a whisker the championship leaders Toni Vilander and Gianmaria Bruni (AF Corse,) who were slowed by brake problems. Behind them in both events, the Porsche 997 of Emmanuel Collard and Richard Westbrook. The result means that Bruni and Vilander maintain a solid lead in the classification and AF Corse is the top team with a 34 point lead over BMS Scuderia Italia and 42 over CR Scuderia.
The next round of the FIA GT series takes place at Brno in the Czech Republic on 14 September.
In the Grand Prix of Mosports, held at the eponymous circuit of Milville in New Jersey and counting as the eighth round of the American Le Mans Series, the Ferrari entered by Risi Competizione and driven by Jaime Melo and Mika Salo returned to the winner's circle for the first time since the Le Mans 24 Hours, at the end of a perfect race, which was decided just a few kilometres from the chequered flag, thanks to some brave overtaking moves pulled off by Melo on the Dirk Werner-Pierre Kaffer Porsche. At the end of the race, the Tafel Racing Ferrari, driven by Dirk Muller and Dominik Farnbacher unfortunately dropped from third to fourth place, as it was deemed it had carried out an illegal overtaking move, thus promoting the classification leaders Jorg Bergmeister and Wolf Henzler (Porsche 997) who thanks to the extra points gained, close the gap in the overall championship classification.
The ninth round of the series takes place over the weekend of 30 August at the Detroit circuit.