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    Toni Vilander be racing this weekend. just a shame for Risi in IMSA. But after what happened at Le-Mans totally understandable.
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    great race so far.
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    Didn't quite go to plan for AF Corse did it?

    Good to see that Ferrari did reasonably well over all.
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    GT SPORTS CLUB – NINE FERRARIS IN THE TEMPLE OF SPA
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    Francorchamps, 27 July 2017 – The Spa-Francorchamps race is always the most anticipated of the GT Sports Club championship. Drivers adore the track and its coincidence with the 24 Hours makes the Belgian event even more attractive.

    Three-way fight. Ferrari team drivers have been in the vanguard, above all in the Iron Cup class, for the most experienced. Three of them are battling for victory, including Klaus-Dieter Frers of Artega Rennsport, and Louis-Philippe Soenen of AF Corse at the wheel of a 488 GT3. The third, Stephen Earle, is driving the 458 Italia GT3 of Kessel Racing. Frers is in the lead a few points ahead of Earle, while Soenen is ready to take advantage of any possible misstep by the others.

    Half dozen. Three of the other six cars in the race fly the flag of AF Corse. Christoph Ulrich will be in the 458 Italia GT3 in which he just finished second alongside Maurizio Mediani in the Le Mans Cup at Spielberg, while the two 488 GT3s will be driven by Piergiuseppe Perazzini, who this year normally competes in the International GT Open, and Patrick Van Glabecke, who in addition to the GT Sports Club races will also be in the 24 Hours. Kessel Racing as always deploys the 458 Italia GT3 of Alexis De Bernardi, while two similar cars will be on track for the first time this season with Marco Galassi, for Team Malucelli, and Christian Hook in the colours of Rinaldi Racing.

    Programme. Free practices are on Friday at 9:30 am and 10:50 am while qualifying is at 2 pm. The Qualifying Race will start at 5:35 pm and the Main Race on Saturday at 9:15 am.
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    BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE CUP – FERRARI AT SPA 24 HOURS WITH 11 CARS
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    Francorchamps, 27 July 2017 – This weekend’s Spa 24 Hours is one of the biggest races in the world and is also one with a special significance for Ferrari. The 69th edition of the marathon held on the legendary Ardennes circuit will see 11 Prancing Horse cars on track.

    History. The endurance race, whose history and prestige stands alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Daytona and the Nurburgring, witnessed the first appearance of the Prancing Horse badge on the cars of the Scuderia Ferrari. The mother of First World War hero Francesco Baracca had entrusted the symbol to Enzo Ferrari. That symbol immediately brought luck to Ferrari, who in 1932, 15 years before founding his company, deployed a number of Alfa Romeos in the Scuderia’s colours. Indeed, the Spa 24 Hours of 1932 saw two Alfa Romeo 8C 2300s with the black prancing horse on a yellow background. The winner was car no. 38 driven by Antonio Brivio and Eugenio Siena, who finished ahead of teammates Piero Taruffi and Guido d’Ippolito, in what was an extraordinary success. The Alfa Romeo of Scuderia Ferrari also won the 1936 edition with the 8C 2900A of Raymond Sommer and Francesco Severi. Since then Maranello has tasted victory almost a hundred times at Spa-Francorchamps in closed-wheel competitions. The most recent successes include the World Endurance Championship (WEC) race of last May, won by the 488 GTE of AF Corse crewed by Davide Rigon and Sam Bird. In 2017 there will be eight official Ferrari drivers involved.

    Pro Class. There are three cars competing for three teams in the main category. The 488 GT3 no. 50 of AF Corse will be driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi, second two months ago in the WEC race, Michele Rugolo and Pasin Lathouras. Pier Guidi and Lathouras previously won the Pro-Am Cup race with Ferrari in 2015, while the Italian triumphed in the 2012 edition. The car of Kaspersky Motorsport will be crewed by James Calado, Marco Cioci and Giancarlo Fisichella, who up to now have been less successful in this championship than expected. Fisichella has won twice at Spa-Francorchamps in the WEC, while Marco Cioci came first in the WEC and the 24 Hours in the Pro-Am class in 2014. The final Pro-class car is SMP Racing’s no. 72, entrusted to Victor Shaytar and the two official Ferrari drivers, Miguel Molina and Davide Rigon. The Italian driver has taken the winner’s laurels twice in the WEC at Spa (2016 and 2017), but he also won the in the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of 2008 behind the wheel of the F430 of BMS Scuderia Italia along with Paolo Ruberti, Matteo Malucelli and Joel Camathias. Rigon, Molina and Shaytar are the highest placed Ferrari drivers in the standings and a great result at the 24 Hours could give them the lead in the Endurance Cup, which would then only have the Barcelona race to go.

    Pro-Am Cup. The Pro-Am Cup class includes six 488 GT3s. AF Corse is fielding two, the legendary no. 51, with Motoaki Ishikawa, Lorenzo Bontempelli and Olivier Beretta, and no. 52 for the recent winners of the 4 Hour of Spielberg in the European Le Mans Series, Matt Griffin, Duncan Cameron and Aaron Scott, with the addition of Riccardo Ragazzi. Cameron and Griffin won this class in the 2013 race together with Alex Mortimer and Toni Vilander, at the wheel of a 458 Italia GT3. Spirit of Race will be there with the three winners of the 2014 edition along with Cioci: Andrea Bertolini, Niek Homemrson and Louis Machiels, who are joined by Rory Butcher. The Swiss team’s other car will be in the hands of the victors of Monza, Alex Demirdjian and Davide Rizzo, as well as Nicolas Minassian and Toni Vilander. Then finally Michael Broniszewski will be in the 488 GT3 no. 11 of Kessel Racing along with Andrea Rizzoli, Matteo Cressoni and Giacomo Piccini, while Rinaldi Racing team will deploy Alexander Mattschull, Rinat Salikhov, Norbert Siedler and Matteo Malucelli.

    Am Cup. There are only two Ferrari 488 GT3s in the Am Cup class but they can count on two of the favourite crews. Rinaldi Racing no. 488 will have Rino Mastronardi, Patrick Van Glabecke, Pierre Ehret and Gabriele Lancieri, while Kessel Racing no. 888, winner at the Paul Ricard, will feature Jacques Duyver, Marco Zanuttini, David Perel and Niki Cadei. After the Bronze Test on Tuesday, the race comes alive today with the first free practices. The 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will get going on Saturday at 4:30 pm.
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    James put #55 Kaspersky on pole for tomorrows race.

    congrats mate.
    Last edited by Rob; 28th July 2017 at 20:12.
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    Cracking race today from what I saw early doors. A very nasty accident a bit later though.
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    Didn't realise it was Fisi that crashed

    Oh it wasn't it was the other yellow Ferrari.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 458 Italia View Post
    Didn't realise it was Fisi that crashed

    Oh it wasn't it was the other yellow Ferrari.
    Pasin crashed early on in #50

    Marco in #55 was hit by #90 Merc broke steerring and Marco crashed at Eau Rouge.
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    GT Sports Club - Seven Ferrari cars on track at Budapest

    Budapest, 23 August 2017 – The Hungaroring in 2017 for the first time is part of the GT Sports Club calendar, with 20 cars ready to put on a show on the up-and-downs of the Hungarian track built on Budapest premises.

    Iron Cup. Ferrari team drivers have been in the vanguard, above all in the Iron Cup class, for the most experienced ones. The situation remains wide open. With two rounds left in this year’s six-event campaign, Artega Rennsport’s Klaus Dieter Frers and Kessel Racing’s Stephen Earle are only two points apart (107 against 105). Driving the #3 Ferrari 488 GT3, the German racer edged past his US rival and the #111 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 following a strong weekend last time out at Spa-Francorchamps. But having lost out to the 2016 crown by a single point means Earle is no stranger to nail-biting duels in the category reserved for drivers aged 60 and more. With another 33-point haul up for grabs in Budapest, the penultimate race weekend could well prove a turning point in the Iron Cup. Frers and Earle will not be vying for class honours on their own though, as Louis-Philippe Soenen (#50 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3) seeks to add more silverware to his 2017 podium trophy cabinet.

    Four more cars. There are four more Ferrari cars in the race. AF Corse will have Christoph Ulrich on a 458 Italia GT3 and Patrick Van Glabecke, fresh from the podium in the Spa 24 Hours, in a 488 GT3. Kessel Racing as always will deploy the 458 Italia GT3 of Alexis De Bernardi while on a similar car will be on track Christian Hook in the colours of Rinaldi Racing.

    Programme. Free practices will be on Saturday at 10:45 am and 12:05 am while qualifying is at 2.45 pm. The Qualifying Race will start at 6:15 pm and the Main Race will be on Sunday at 9:15 am.
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    yeeeeesssssssssssssss so happy my friend Chri Ullrich just won his first GT Sports Club race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    yeeeeesssssssssssssss so happy my friend Chri Ullrich just won his first GT Sports Club race.
    Happy for him and for you, Rob!

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    last race this weekend at Barcelona.

    And its James girlfriends due date, well her due date was Friday.
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    How's it going Rob? In the pub watching the football atm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 458 Italia View Post
    How's it going Rob? In the pub watching the football atm.
    hasnt started yet. 14:00 it kicks off

    who is playing? who do you support?
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    Should get home for the start then hopefully

    I'm an Arsenal supporter and we're playing Brighton at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 458 Italia View Post
    Should get home for the start then hopefully

    I'm an Arsenal supporter and we're playing Brighton at home.
    ok, i dont follow football.

    Could rain during race.
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    Thanks for the link. Will use it until Eurosport go live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 458 Italia View Post
    Thanks for the link. Will use it until Eurosport go live.
    thats ok, didnt realise it was on Eurosport.

    #72 SMP Ferrari was taken out on the first few laps
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    Just gone live on TV now.
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    I have to say I didn't watch much of it. Roll on Fuji.
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    Barcelona celebrations for Kessel and Rinaldi Racing

    Barcelona, 2 October 2017 – The Blancpain GT championships season concluded with the 3 hours of Barcelona. Ferrari teams and drivers had reason to be happy both on the Catalan circuit and in the various championship standings. Rinaldi Racing and Kessel Racing were particularly prominent.

    Am Cup. The track win came in the Am Cup, which was dominated by the 488 GT3 of Rinaldi Racing crewed by Rino Mastronardi and Pierre Ehret. However, a third place for the sister car of Kessel Racing sealed the team and drivers’ titles for Jacques Duyver, Marco Zanuttini and David Perel who this season won the most prestigious race, the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The South African driver also collected the overall title, which takes account of the results of both Endurance and Sprint races.

    Pro-Am Cup. The other Rinaldi Racing entry in Barcelona, the 488 GT3 no. 333 of Alexander Mattschull, Rinat Salikhov and Daniel Keilwitz, sealed the Pro-Am class title in the Endurance Cup with a second place in the race behind the Lamborghini of Barwell Motorsport driven by Hunter Abbott, Martin Kodric and Patrick Kujala.


    Pro. The Pro class race and season were less fortunate overall. The best 488 GT3 was that of SMP Racing whose drivers, Victor Shaytar, Miguel Molina and Davide Rigon, finished in fourth place in the standings.
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