Yearly Archives: 2015

R.Ferri Motorsport Finished Successful Season With 2nd Place in Championship

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SALINAS, Calif. – Ferrari had a 1-2 finish in GT at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca but after a spirited race by #61 Olivier Beretta, a podium finish and perhaps the championship was not in the cards. Johnny O’Connell of Flowery Branch, Ga. clinched the title in a dramatic race.

With O’Connell and Olivier Beretta of Monte Carlo, Monaco, separated by just a handful of points all eyes were on the Championship contenders as the lights went off on the standing start. It was Alessandro Balzan, however, getting a jump from the outside of the front row into the Andretti Hairpin in the No. 29 NGT Motorsport MOMO Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia.

O’Connell took advantage of the clean start by rocketing to second place on the opening lap from his fifth grid position. Pole sitter Alessandro PierGuidi, of Tortona, Italy, in the No. 30 NGT Motorsport MOMO Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia found himself third after the opening lap.

Rival Beretta, in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari of Ontario/Toronto/Alberta Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, also made moves on the opening lap, charging from 12th on the grid to eighth, earning him the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start Award.

By lap three, Beretta was on the move, and was already in sixth position having passed Kevin Estre of Lochau, Austria, in the K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3 and Mike Skeen, of Charlotte, N.C., in the CRP Racing DeVilbiss/Hawk Performance Audi R8 LMS Ultra.

Five laps later, Beretta was in the top five, underscoring the fact he needed to score more points than O’Connell in the race to take the Championship.

On lap 16, Beretta passed Windermere, Fla.’s Ryan Dalziel in the No. 31 EFFORT racing World PMO Porsche 911 GT3R to move into fourth place.

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By lap 25, Beretta had reeled in O’Connell and attacked going into the Andretti Hairpin in a bid for third place. Corners later, the two Championship protagonists made contact in the Corkscrew. Beretta was able to continue and took third place but O’Connell was momentarily stopped, dropping him to 14th and provisionally handing the Championship to the Ferrari pilot.

While O’Connell mounted his rebound effort, Beretta had to serve a drive-through penalty for the contact in lap 25. Beretta was able to emerge from the penalty into seventh place, well in front of O’Connell who had only mustered up to 12th position.

However, five minutes from the end, on the last turn, Beretta made contact with the Acura of Peter Cunningham and was forced to pull out., rendering the Ferrari undriveable and forcing him off course. The DNF for the Beretta and the Ferrari meant O’Connell and Cadillac Racing had captured four consecutive Pirelli World Challenge Championships.

Balzan would stand atop the round 20 GT podium joined by teammate PierGuidi in second and Dalziel, in third.

A difficult end to a fantastic season for the R.Ferri Motorsport Racing with Ferrari team as we finished 2nd overall GT.  A great effort from our team all season long, we’re already looking forward to next year. Forza Ferrari.

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It All Comes Down To This – PWC Final Round

PWC 2015:   Pirelli World Challenge Pirelli World Challenge Aug 29

Everything on the Line This Weekend as R.Ferri RACING WITH FERRARI Targets Pirelli World Challenge Team and Driver Championships

TORONTO (9 September 2015) – The team that opened the season on top is looking to close it out in the same way as R. Ferri RACING WITH FERRARI targets the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Team and Driver Championships this weekend.

Launching his first full season World Challenge campaign with authority, Olivier Beretta drove the No. 61 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 to victory in the season-opening race at the Circuit of the Americas in March. He continued to add to his win and podium count through a wide range of tracks and locations across North America on the way to this weekend’s season-finale.

The championship stage could hardly be better as Sunday’s season finale will take place at the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. With Beretta just 26 points adrift of the championship lead, the 2015 World Challenge Team and Driver GT Class Championships will only be decided after the 50-minute sprint to the checkered flag on Sunday.

The 20-round championship was arguably the most competitive in the history of the series, with six different manufacturers taking to victory lane during the course of the season.

The team, which is guided by the passion of team owner Remo Ferri has produced a string of stirring performances on a wide range of tracks. In the hands of Beretta, the No. 61 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 has proven to be a capable competitor and could emerge as champion this weekend.

R. Ferri RACING WITH FERRARI first raced in World Challenge in 2014 and saw its two-car entry prove to be a factor all year long. A return to the championship in 2015 yielded more results, with Beretta only focused on one thing this weekend.

“Like everyone on this team, I am looking for the win!” said Beretta, who has wins at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on his extensive resume. “The team did a fantastic, huge job even when we were in difficulty, they never gave up. We had a good year, and are on the last track of the season, so we must just go for it. Now we go to Laguna and we want to win. We have nothing to lose so we’re going to go for it. We are just interested in the win—being second or sixth, that is the same result!”

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Sunday’s race will be streamed live at www.world-challengetv.com, with the CBS Sports Network broadcasting the race on Sunday, September 20 at 3:30 PM ET

Event/Circuit:

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 11-Turn road course, 2.238 Miles

Race Length:
50 minutes (GT)
Sunday, Sept. 13:
4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. GT Race

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2015 PWC Battle Heats Up

PWC 2015:   Pirelli World Challenge Pirelli World Challenge Apr 18

Sonoma, Calif. (August 28th , 2015) - After leading the GT Drivers’ Championship for months, Olivier Beretta, of Monte Carlo, Monaco in the No. 61 Ferrari of Ontario/Toronto/Alberta Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, comes into the Sonoma weekend third in points (1419) after two results out of the top 5 at Miller. Beretta has won three races this season and he makes his first PWC series start at Sonoma.
Event/Circuit:
Sonoma Raceway, 11-turn road course (1.99 miles)

Qualifying:
Saturday, Aug. 29
• 10 a.m. GTS qualifying
• 12:30 p.m. GT, GTA, GT Cup qualifying

Race Lengths:
50 minutes (GT/GTA/GT Cup, GTS)

Live Internet Telecast (on www.world-challengeTV.com and www.motortrendondemand.com):
Saturday, Aug. 29
• 4:30 p.m. GT, GTA, GT Cup Race 2

Sunday, Aug. 30
• 10:40 a.m. GT, GTA, GT Cup Race 2

All times listed above Pacific

Television (on CBS Sports Network):
On CBS Sports Network Sunday, September 6, 2 PM: GT/GTA, GT Cup presented by MOMO. Wednesday, September 9, 9 p.m.: GTS. All times listed Eastern

 

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PWC Homestretch – Rounds 14 and 15

PWC 2015:   Pirelli World Challenge Pirelli World Challenge May 29

TOOELE, Utah – With the 2015 season now in the homestretch, GT Cup drivers will run Rounds 14 and 15 of the Pirelli World Challenge Series. The series makes its eighth appearance at Miller Motorsports Park this weekend.
Ryan Dalziel Holds Slim Lead over our driver Olivier Beretta of R.Ferri Motorsport. After leading the drivers’ championship for months, Beretta, of Monte Carlo, Monaco in our No. 61 Ferrari of Ontario/Toronto/Alberta Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, comes into the Miller weekend second in points (1305) after scoring a third and a fourth at Mid-Ohio. Beretta has won three races this season and he makes his first PWC series start at Miller. The former F1 pilot has raced at Miller before in another sports car racing series.
All the action can been seen live via http://www.world-challengetv.com/
Broadcast Times (EST):
Saturday
GT Race 1- 2:30pm

Sunday
GT Race 2- 2:00pm

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R Ferri Racing Leads into Mid-Ohio Double Header

PWC 2015:   Pirelli World Challenge Pirelli World Challenge Apr 23

R.Ferri RACING WITH FERRARI Leads Pirelli World Challenge Team and Driver Championships into Mid-Ohio Double-header

TORONTO (29 July 2015) – After a four-week break in the action, things are ready to get very busy in Pirelli World Challenge competition.

This weekend’s annual visit to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course sees the Pirelli World Challenge stage a double-header as R.Ferri RACING WITH FERRARI looks to grow its championship advantage in both the team and driver standings with 12 rounds of racing in the rearview mirror.

The team opened the year with a big victory with the No. 61 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 at the Circuit of the Americas, and has been a championship target for the rest of the field ever since. R.Ferri RACING WITH FERRARI driver Olivier Beretta has made quick work of his first full season of World Challenge competition, scoring wins in the first three race weekends and regularly bringing home podiums when racing fate kept him from victory.

Saturday’s Round 14 and Sunday’s Round 15 could provide some pivotal momentum as the natural terrain road course kicks off a sprint to the end of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship, set to be decided at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on September 13.

The track is one that Beretta knows well, with multiple wins, poles, and podiums in a wide range of racing machines. The team will also be bringing its experience to bear on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile natural terrain circuit that will also play host to the Verizon IndyCar Series as part of the Honda 200 weekend.

“ !” said Beretta

Mid-Ohio fans will see a rolling start for Saturday’s (50 minute) race and a standing start for the Sunday afternoon round. The races will feature the GT and GTA classes as well as GT Cup.

Honda Indy 200
Pirelli World Challenge, Rounds 14 & 15

TV: CBS Sports Network
Sunday, August 9, 4 PM ET

Qualifying: 8:50 AM Saturday
Round 14: 4:45 PM ET Saturday
Round 15: 12:00 PM ET Sunday

LIVE RACE COVERAGE: www.world-challengetv.com

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R. Ferri and Beretta Still Lead the Championship

PWC 2015:   Pirelli World Challenge Pirelli World Challenge May 14

Mosport Park, 18 May – It proved a tricky weekend for the Ferraris competing in the Pirelli World Challenge but even tougher for Olivier Beretta who left Canada, the home nation of the R. Ferri team, still topping the standings but only after two very complicated races.

Difficult times. Beretta, in fact, had to make do with a seventh and an eighth place, a very disappointing tally after what we saw in qualifying when the Monegasque driver managed to stay well up the front throughout. In Race 1, he was seventh across the line while yesterday’s race saw him involved in a close encounter with the McLaren of Kevin Estre at the midpoint stage of the race, when he was lying third. Both drivers went off the track and Olivier got back in 10th position but was able to work his way up to eighth in the end. By way of consolation, Beretta’s main rival in the title race, Porsche driver Ryan Dalziel, garnered even fewer points. A double victory by Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac), excellent results from Butch Leitziger, Chris Dyson (Bentley) and Mike Skeen (Audi), however, mixed things up in the standings. Beretta thus hangs on as leader but he will find himself doing battle with a much larger crowd for the title in two weeks’ time in Detroit.

Source: http://corseclienti.ferrari.com/

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Remo Ferri Group Named Lead Sponsor of Pirelli World Challenge Races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

PWC 2015:   Pirelli World Challenge Pirelli World Challenge Apr 24

Bowmanville, ON – The Remo Ferri Group has been named lead sponsor of the upcoming Pirelli World Challenge races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, May 15-17. The Remo Ferri Group Canadian Grand Prix presented by Replay XD, part of the Victoria Day SpeedFest weekend will see over 90 drivers across all seven of the series’ classes compete at the challenging 2.458 10-turn permanent road course.
Weekend SuperTickets are just $50 ($60 at the gate), General Camping is $40 ($50 at the gate) and RV Camping is $60 ($70 at the gate).

R. Ferri Motorsport also offers a Race Weekend Hospitality Pass (Saturday and Sunday) for $500. Individual Saturday or Sunday Hospitality Pass is $250.

Contact Ferrari of Ontario at 416-749-5325 or rvacca@remoferrigroup.com to purchase your pass!

 

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