AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia, two podiums at Imola

Second step on the podium in GTE and GTC classes for the AF Corse drivers.

The AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia are distinguished protagonists in the “3 Hours of Imola”, second round of the European Le Mans Series (scheduled Saturday, May 18th).

#55 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia: Piergiuseppe Perazzini, Marco Cioci, Federico Leo
#55 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia: Piergiuseppe Perazzini, Marco Cioci, Federico Leo

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Piergiuseppe Perazzini, Federico Leo and Marco Cioci (I/I/I) took the second position in the GTE category. The three drivers started from the sixth position on the grid in their N.55 Ferrari 458 Italia GTE.

In the race, thanks to the very quick stints, the powerful trio gained position by position untill to arrive next to the top. In the GTE drivers classification, Perazzini-Leo-Cioci are fifth (24 points, 21 off the leader); same provisional position and points for AF Corse in the GTE team classification.

There was further justifiable cause for pride in the GTC category: Stefano Gai, Andrea Rizzoli and Lorenzo Casè (I/I/I) took their N.62 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 to the second step on the podium.

The Italians were very fast, showing they had a very strong pace for all weekend, as already seen from the second position in the qualifying and later confirmed in the race.

The results is very important for the Championship GTC drivers classification: after the first two races, Rizzoli-Casè-Gai are second with 36 points (- 4 from the top). In the GTC team standing, AF Corse is second with 36points, 4 off the leader.

Seventh position and very good performances from Howard Blank, Yannick Mallegol and Jean Marc Bachelier (US/F/F); the drivers are gaining more and more experience in their N.54 Ferrari 458 Italia GTE and made steady progress throughout the season.

In the drivers classification, they are seventh with 10 points.

AF Corse

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Tags af corse, bachelier, blank, cioci, elms, ferrari, gai, imola, leo, mallegol, perazzini, rizzoli