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five Ferraris at the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen

five Ferraris at the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen

five Ferraris at the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen

Five Ferrari 296 GT3 cars will compete in the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, the third round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship – Endurance Cup. The drivers who recently won the Le Mans 24 Hours will be in action in the USA: Antonio Fuoco and Miguel Molina will be in the Maranello manufacturer’s series-derived car, and Nicklas Nielsen in an LMP2-class prototype.

On the same weekend, Hungary’s Hungaroring hosts the fourth round of the International GT Open, while Japan’s Suzuka hosts dual events with the GT World Challenge Asia and Japan Cup.

IMSA. Five Ferrari teams return to IMSA SportsCar Championship action at Sunday’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen, looking to build on their winning momentum from the season-opening 24 Hours of Daytona.

Risi Competizione followed up its GTD Pro class victory at Daytona with a second place finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring in the Ferrari 296 GT3 no. 62, Daniel Serra and Davide Rigon looking to improve on two consecutive second place finishes at Watkins Glen International. The team is second after two rounds of the IMSA Endurance Cup, trailing the leader by just two points.

Conquest Racing continues its GTD effort throughout the season with the Corsa Horizon Ferrari 296 GT3 no. 34, with regular drivers Alberto Costa and Manny Franco alongside Cedric Sbirrazzouli. The team is tied for sixth in the Endurance Cup, trailing the leaders by eight points after their season-opening third-place finish at Daytona. In addition to running the full IMSA GTD schedule, the Conquest competed in GTD Pro at the recent race on the streets of Detroit, where late-race mechanical issues canceled out a strong showing.

Triarsi Competizione has Ferrari no. 023 of Central Florida / David SW Ferrari 296 GT3 for factory driver Alessio Rovera, alongside Onofrio Triarsi and Charlie Scardina. The team placed fourth at Daytona and finished fourth in GTD in its Six Hours debut last year. The team is third in GTD Endurance Cup points, four points behind the leader.

AF Corse took second place at Daytona with Ferrari 296 GT3 no. 21 for factory driver Miguel Molina, who will be joined at Glen by Simon Mann and Francois Heriau. They are tied with Conquest for sixth in the Endurance Cup

Cetilar Racing returns its Ferrari no. 47 blue for factory drivers Anthonio Fuoco, Roberto Lacorte and Giorgio Sernagiotto. The team is fifth in the Endurance Cup, seven points off the lead. The team finished second at Sebring, an event the team won in 2022.

6 Hours of The Glen: the history. Ferrari took four overall victories in the Watkins Glen classic – three of them by Gianpiero Moretti for Kevin Doran in the Ferrari 333SP. He was joined by Eliseo Salazar in 1994, Max Papis in 1996 and Didier Theys and Mauro Baldi in 1998. Mario Andretti and Jacky Ickx scored a dramatic triumph with a Ferrari 312P in 1972. In addition, Scuderia Ferrari of Washington conquered GT class in the 2003 Six Hours of Sahlen in a Ferrari 360GT with a driver team including Bill Auberlen.

The Watkins Glen schedule begins with a 90-minute practice session on Friday at 1:25 p.m. The final practice is scheduled for Saturday, with a 90-minute session at 9:10. Qualifying for the GTD Pro and GTD classes starts at 3:30. pm on Saturday, the race starting at 11:10 on Sunday. Live flag-to-flag coverage on Peacock begins at 11 a.m. and SiriusXM broadcasts live beginning at 11 a.m. on Channel 206. (all times are local).

International GT Open. The series heads to the Hungaroring as the 2024 season reaches its halfway mark. Among the 33 participants will be nine Ferrari cars.

On track in the Pro class, Spirit of Race features the number 51 296 GT3 driven by the pair of Nicola Marinangeli and Vincent Abril.

In the Pro Am class, which has the largest number of participants, seven Ferraris will be in the race for victory. At the top of the standings are Marco Pulcini and Eddie Cheever III in Spirit of Race’s No. 27; the team also brings the number 88 Ferrari driven by Gino Forgione and Michele Rugolo. AF Corse has four cars: number 16 with the Brazilian pair of Marcelo Hahn and Allam Khodair, number 25 with Alessandro Cozzi alongside young driver Eliseo Donno, number 55 with Laurent De Meeus and Jamie Stanley and number 61 with Jean-Claude Saada and Conrad Grunewald . Finally, for Racing One, the number 11 will see Ernst Kirchmayr and David Fumanelli behind the wheel.

In the Am class, representing Calul Ras, Olimp Racing’s number 5 Ferrari 296 GT3, driven by Stanislaw Jedlinski and Krystian Korzeniowski.

After free practice on Friday, Saturday, June 22, there will be qualifying at 9.45 a.m. and Race-1 at 2.30 p.m. On Sunday, qualifying takes place at 9.15am, with the race at 1.45pm.

GT WC Asia. Forty-nine cars are expected at Fuji International Speedway for the double event with the GT World Challenge Asia in round three and the Japan Cup in the second round of the season.

Among the 33 GT WC Asia competitors are four Ferrari 296 GT3 cars: in the Pro Am class, the No. 60 from LMcorsa with Kei Nakanishi and Shigekazu Wakisaka; in class Am, number 75 from Garage 75 with David Tjiptobiantoro and Christian Colombo (already a race winner); in the Silver class, the number 77 of Harmony Racing with drivers Liang Jiatong and Luo Kailuo; and in the Silver Am class, Absolute Corse’s 296 GT3 driven by Andre Canard and Finn Gehrsitz.

In the Japan Cup, two more 296 GT3s are among the 16 cars to start: in the Am class, Comet Racing’s #7 with Yusuke Yamasaki and Yorikatsu Tsujiko (who have so far secured two pole positions and two second in the standings). the first round contested at Sugo), and in the Pro Am class, number 98 from K-tunes Racing with Daisuke Yamawaki and Shinichi Takagi.

The Japan Cup schedule includes free practice on Friday, June 21; qualifying on Saturday, followed by Race-1 from 15.30 to 16.35. Sunday 23 June Race-2 will start at 14.15 For GT WC Asia, the green light for the first race is on Saturday at 12.40, while on Sunday the second race starts at 11.00 (local time).