Ferrari 458 Italia wins third manufacturer’s championship in four seasons
Braselton, GA. – Ferrari has clinched the GT-Daytona manufacturer’s championship in the IMSA United SportsCar Championship, while Scuderia Corsa drivers Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler have also won the GT-D driver’s championship.
This is the third manufacturer’s championship won by the Ferrari 458 Italia in four seasons of North American endurance racing, having won the GRAND-AM manufacturers championships in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Ferrari also captured the manufacturer’s title for the North American Endurance Cup.
Bell and Sweedler, who were joined at Petit Le Mans by Jeff Segal, ran near the front of the GT-D field throughout the rain-plagued race which saw a one-hour red flag period for course conditions. Starting from sixth position, the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia moved to the lead of the race for a period of time with the no. 64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia close behind in second position.
When the race was called due to course conditions after 7 hours and 51 minutes, Segal was in fourth position at the wheel of the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia which was enough to secure the manufacturer’s championship for Ferrari, the driver’s championship for Bell and Sweedler, and the team championship for Scuderia Corsa.
In the GT-LeMans class, the no. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia finished the shortened race in fifth position and a strong ninth position overall. Giancarlo Fisichella, Pierre Kaffer and Toni Vilander enjoyed a trouble-free run in treacherous conditions, which brought fifth in the driver’s championship for Fisichella and Kaffer in a season where they scored five podium finishes.
The no. 64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Matteo Cressoni, Daniel Serra and Jeff Westphal finished the race in sixth position in GT-D.
Petit Le Mans will be re-broadcast on Sunday, October 4 at 1:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.
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