Front row for Ferrari at Daytona

Gianmaria Bruni qualifies second in GT-LeMans class in no. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia

A strong qualifying performance by Gianmaria Bruni will see a Ferrari on the front row of the GT-LeMans class in Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Ferrari’s most recent victory at the Rolex 24 came in a thrilling finish in 2014, which was the marque’s tenth victory in the famous endurance classic. This year, two Ferraris are in contention for victory in GT-LeMans while three are in contention in the GT-Daytona class.

AF Corse Ferrari

Bruni’s lap of 1:43.830 during Thursday afternoon’s qualifying session put the no. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia in second position in the competitive GT-LeMans class. Bruni will share the car with Emmanuel Collard, Francois Perrodo and Toni Vilander in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Risi Competizione Ferrari

Just a tenth of a second behind was the no. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458. The car, which was qualified by Pierre Kaffer, who will be joined by former Scuderia Ferrari driver Giancarlo Fisichella, Olivier Beretta and Davide Rigon, will start Saturday’s race in sixth position.

Scuderia Corsa Ferrari

With Daniel Serra at the wheel, the no. 64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia led the three Ferraris in the GT-Daytona class. His time of 1:47.805 put the car in fifth position in the 18 car field. Serra will share the car with Francisco Longo, Marcos Gomes and Andrea Bertolini.

Scuderia Corsa’s other Ferrari, the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia, was qualified in ninth position by Townsend Bell. The car will feature the all-American lineup of Bell, Bill Sweedler, Jeff Segal and Anthony Lazzaro. Bell, Segal and Sweedler co-drive the winning GT-D Ferrari in last year’s Rolex 24.

In 12th position was the no. 49 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia that was qualified by Matt Griffin which will also be driven by Pasin Lathouras, Michele Rugolo and Rui Aguas.

The Rolex 24 at Daytona broadcast will begin at 2:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 24 on FOX, will move to at 4:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 2, and then to 8:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1. The race will be streamed live on IMSA.com from 10:00 PM – 7:00 AM ET, with the final hours shown on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, January 25 from 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM ET.

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Series IMSA
Event Daytona 24
Sub-event Thursday qualifying
Track Daytona International Speedway
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Gianmaria Bruni , Emmanuel Collard , Anthony Lazzaro , Townsend Bell , Davide Rigon , Michele Rugolo , Olivier Beretta , Andrea Bertolini , Jeff Segal , Pierre Kaffer , Daniel Serra , Rui Aguas , Toni Vilander , Francisco Longo , Bill Sweedler , Pasin Lathouras , Matt Griffin , François Perrodo , Marcos Gomes
Article type Qualifying report