Daytona Beach, 2nd February – A great second place for the Ferrari 360 GT in the Daytona 24 Hours. Making it to second place on the podium for this prestigious endurance event was the Risi Competizione car, driven by a crew made up of Anthony Lazzaro, Ralf Kelleners and Johnny Mowlem.
The Maranello berlinetta finished nine laps down on the winning Racer’s Group Porsche GT3RS driven by Kevin Buckler, Michael Schrom, Timo Bernhard and Joerg Bergmeister, which covered 695 laps in the 24 hours of racing. Third place went to another Porsche; that of Overbeek-Standridge-Steranka.
WFive 360 GT were entered in the race and three went the full 24 hours, crossing the finish line in line astern. The Ferri team car, driven by Mauro Baldi, Ryan Hampton, Eric van de Poele and Justin Keen finished eleventh overall and fifth in class, completinig 637 laps. Three places further back with 621 laps to its name came the American team run by JMB Racing, with Max Papis, Augusto Farfus, Andrea Garbagnati and Emmanuel Collard at the wheel: it could have finished higher but for an electrical problem which required a stop of around an hour, when the car had been running third overall.
The two other 360 GT, run by the Ferrari of Washington team and the second JMB Racing car stopped after the former had an accident after 214 laps and the latter suffered a fire because of a fuel leak after around two hours of racing.
“It was great to once again see three Ferraris take the chequered flag in formation here at Daytona,” said Claudio Berro, head of Ferrari’s Corse Clienti programme. “The 360 GT proved itself to be reliable, the drivers were very consistent in their performance and the teams worked in a very professional manner, which allowed them to obtain a impressive result even beating rivals from higher categories. It is a further stimulus to provide our customers with ever more competitive cars.”
Story and photos: Ferrari Media