Ferrari second in Budapest
Over this past weekend, the Budapest circuit hosted the Hungaroring 1000 Km, the famous endurance race and fourth round of the Le Mans Series. Of the six F430 GT2 cars competing at the Magyar track, the best result came courtesy of the British CRS Racing team, whose crew of Andrew Kirkald and Tim Mullen took a great second place, just nine seconds off winners Marc Lieb-Richard Lietz (Team Felbermayr Proton.)
This meant the AF Corse team left Hungary with less than it expected: the crew of Giancarlo Fisichella-Jean Alesi-Toni Vilander made a great start, holding the class lead for over two hours, but a technical problem during a pit stop saw their chances of victory compromised and they had to settle for fourth place, finishing behind the Porsche 997 GT3 driven by Patrick Pilet-Raymond Narac. The crew of Alvaro Barba and GT2 debutant Alvaro Parente, crossed the line fifth, while the Italian team's third Ferrari, driven by Luis Perez Companc and Matias Russo came home in eighth place. Close behind them came the only Ferrari entered by the German Hankook Team Farnbacher and the other CRS Racing car of Pierre Ehret-Phil Quaife, who finished tenth and twelfth respectively.
The Le Mans Series competitors will be back in action over the weekend of 12 September, at Silverstone circuit, to tackle the final round of the series. Giancarlo Fisichella, Jean Alesi and Toni Vilander will be trying to get back on top, looking to snatch the prize from the Team Felbermayr Proton crew of Marc Lieb-Richard Lietz, who currently have a fifteen point lead in both classifications.