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Ferrari earns third straight GT Daytona podium at COTA

For the third time in a row, the No.63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 has finished on the GT-Daytona podium in an IMSA Sports Car Championship race.

After qualifying in tenth position for Saturday’s two-hour and forty-minute race, defending IMSA GT-Daytona champions Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen put on a drive through the field in their Ferrari reminiscent of their performance at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Nielsen made up several positions in the opening part of the race, before Balzan took the car to the checkered. Over the final hour, Balzan moved the Ferrari from fourth position to second, finishing 2.039 seconds behind the winning car.

This marks the third-straight podium finish for the team after finishing second at the 12 Hours of Sebring and third at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. After four races in the season, Balzan and Nielsen are second in the GT-Daytona championship standings.

Unfortunately, the race brought another disappointing finish for the hometown Risi Competizione team. Based in Texas and with strong support from the staff and clients of Ferrari of Austin and Ferrari of Houston, the team is crowd favorite when IMSA races at Circuit of The Americas. In Friday’s qualifying, Giancarlo Fisichella qualified the No.62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE in second position.

In the first corner of the race, Fisichella was tapped into a spin and hit by another car with the damage forcing the team to retire from the race.

The next IMSA race will be held on the Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan on June 2-3.

Unofficial race results

*From team media release

05/08/17

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