Yearly Archives: 2015

R.Ferri Motorsport wins in Long Beach

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Ferrari wins in Long Beach once again as Beretta grows championship points lead after rough and tumble race
Long Beach, Calif. (19 April 2015) – R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI returned to the top step of the Pirelli World Challenge podium again on Sunday as Olivier Beretta emerged from a street fight to win the Grand Prix of Long Beach with the No. 61 R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI Ferrari 458 Italia.

The win is the third World Challenge victory of the season for the team, which has grown its lead in the championship with five of 16 races in the championship now in the books.

Beretta started the race from pole position, and claimed the lead at the start. The opening lap set the tone for the 24-lap race, as the yellow flag waved shortly after the racers leapt from the standing start. A series of restarts brought several successive incidents as the 40-car multi-class field fought for positions.

The No. 61 Ferrari held the advantage through all 24 laps, but a close moment saw Beretta cede the lead for as he fell to third. However he made a decisive move inside to regain second place, but the room ran out and the leader was forced to the side as Beretta regained his place at the point.

Multiple restarts gave the field the chance to claim the lead, but Beretta was able to fend off all challengers to score his third win of the season.

“It was difficult because each time you went under yellow, you had to restart everything,” said Beretta. “Each time on the restart, it is a challenge. I’m happy with the result, I just feel sorry for Johnny (O’Connell)—we went three wide into the corner and there was contact. I am sorry for him–I don’t think it was my mistake, it was just that on a street race right there, we could not be three wide. This (Pirelli World Challenge) is a very good series, a very good championship. I have a very good team, they work very hard to give me this car. It is good for Ferrari. This is the last year for this 458 Italia, so we need to win the most that we can.”

The win now has moved the team to a 58-point advantage as the series prepares for a quick turnaround with a cross-country trip to make ahead of next weekend’s double-header event at Barber Motorsports Park.

“It is great to get a win,” said team owner Remo Ferri. “This was a bit of a mess today (with so many yellow flags). We could have raced more and I would have liked to see more racing laps, so I am a little bit sorry for the fans. But we won the race, so I am very excited. The team did a great job and Olivier (Beretta) drove well so it was a good result for us here at Long Beach with the Ferrari.”

Up Next: Barber Motorsports Park, April 24-26 for Rounds 6-7.

Long Beach Grand Prix Pirelli World Challenge BROADCAST: CBS Sports Network Sunday, April 26, 3:30 PM ET

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Victory in St. Petersburg for R.Ferri Motorsport

Beretta adds to his remarkable record of success with second victory of the season

St. Petersburg, Fla. (29 March 2015) – There was much to celebrate in Maranello as Ferrari fans around the world had a Sunday to remember.

Just hours after Scuderia Ferrari won the Formula 1 race in Malaysia, R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI took a dramatic victory on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida in Round 4 of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge championship.

Starting from third on the grid, R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI driver Olivier Beretta raced the No. 61 Ferrari 458 Italia into the lead at the start and never looked back, taking his second victory of the 2015 season.

“It is a good day for Ferrari, victory in Formula One and in GT!” said Beretta, who added to his impressive resume of victories on the St. Pete street circuit. “I just did my job and I am very happy. I had no choice but to go for the lead early in the race because you never know if you are going to get yellow flags here. The team did a very good job and I am very happy to win for them again!”

R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI has now proven victorious in both visits to the 1.8-mile temporary road circuit, having taken a win in World Challenge GTA competition last
year.

“My father said, ‘with hard work and honesty, you get results,” said team owner Remo Ferri. “And that is why we are here. We work hard and we push hard. We have a great car and a fantastic team and now we are looking forward to the next one!”

After opening the weekend with a run to eighth in Race 1 on Saturday, Beretta’s Race 2 victory launched him into the provisional points lead in the Pirelli World Challenge championship standings, with the series set to return to race action April 17-19 with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

St. Petersburg Grand Prix race BROADCAST: CBS Sports Network Sunday, April 5, 5 PM ET

 

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R.Ferri Motorsport Set for St. Pete

Both team and driver have won on picturesque Florida circuit

Toronto, Ontario, Canada (26 March 2015): After making a winning start to the season with driver Olivier Beretta putting the No. 61 Ferrari 458 Italia in victory lane at the Circuit of the Americas, Toronto-based R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI will be back in Pirelli World Challenge action this weekend in St. Petersburg as the series stages Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2015 championship.With the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street course setting a scenic stage for the cars as they streak by the boat-filled harbor alongside the circuit, the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg provides one of the most picturesque tracks on the calendar.

The team arrives at the fast and challenging road circuit with some previous knowledge of the fastest way to find victory lane, having scored a dramatic victory in GT-A competition at the track last year as the team made an impressive World Challenge debut in 2014.

“I’m happy coming out of Austin with a win,” said team owner Remo Ferri. “We did well in St. Pete last year so we have a lot of experience on this track. I hope to score as many points as possible. We always want to win every race but it’s important that we finish well here as we head into Barber and the other upcoming races which are race tracks that we can do very well in.”

Beretta will look to pick up where he left off in the season-opening weekend after he scored a big victory in the first race of the season. Beretta carries a fondness for the St. Pete track, having scored victories in ALMS competition at the circuit.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been here at St. Pete,” said Beretta, who took to the track for practice on Thursday for a test session and official practice. “I like street racing and the organization did a good job of putting this event together, the track is very nice. The traffic will be heavy and the weather could also come into play. Tomorrow looks like it might rain which could make things interesting but race day looks sunny. I am quite happy about how we have started the day. We will race our line and see what happens at the end.”

LIVE RACE COVERAGE: www.world-challengetv.com

BROADCAST: CBS Sports Network Sunday, April 5, 5 PM ET

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Pirelli World Challenge Schedule:

Friday: Qualifying → 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM ET
Saturday: Race 1 → 11:10 AM – 12:10 PM ET
Sunday: Race 2 → 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM ET

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R.Ferri Motorsport Wins 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Season Opener

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Austin, Texas (7 March 2015) – R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI raced into the record books on Saturday as team driver Olivier Beretta made a dramatic last-lap pass to win the season-opening Pirelli World Challenge race at Circuit of the Americas in the #61 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3.

Making just his second career World Challenge start, the former Formula 1 pilot timed the start to perfection and held on to third place as the 49-car field made a clean start through the iconic elevated turn one at the Circuit of the Americas.

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“I was surprised at the start because I saw the Lamborghini jump but at the same time, I saw the red light and I had one tenth of a second to think and I stopped but didn’t want to stall,” said Beretta. “But then the red light went away and the race went green, so it was a confusing moment. I pushed and had a good start.”

After Beretta slotted in to third, the pole sitting car was judged to have jumped the start and was penalized, leaving Beretta to chase down the leading Porsche. Making the most of his Pirelli traction, Beretta stalked the leader and closed the gap each lap. After taking the white flag, he made an impressive move to take the point on the final lap and cross the finish line 1.6-seconds clear of the field after 49 minutes of green-flag racing.

“I pushed and had a good start,” said Beretta. “I kept pushing and the (leading) Porsche did a very good job. When I realized it was close to the end of the race, I said I ‘have to go, I have to find a way (around)’. I tried to do a qualifying lap. I took many risks, but in the end it paid off. I’m happy for the team, for Ferrari, for Remo (Ferri, team owner), and the guys did a very good job. The preparation and the set up was great from the engineer and the team. We have a good group and we just need to keep going. The season is very long, we have to enjoy the moment, and we have to keep going like this.”PWC 2015:   Pirelli World Challenge Pirelli World Challenge Mar 06

The season-opening win marked a strong foot forward for the team, which scored third in the 2014 World Challenge championship standings and will look to once again be a competitive force in 2015.

“We had a pretty good season and learned a lot last year,” said Team Owner Remo Ferri. “So we took what we learned and tried to make it better. Today, I’m happy that we got the result. It’s a long season and I think there is a lot of work ahead of us. It’s the first race, so there’s a lot to do and a lot to work on. We have a very good car and Olivier did a fantastic job. The team worked very hard.”

With some 19 races yet to run before a champion is crowned, the experienced team owner knows that his group will need to stay focused on the future as the team prepares to return to competition again in race two on Sunday.

“The expectation for tomorrow is to be on the podium again,” said Ferri. “We always want to be Number 1, but we will take whatever comes. The most important thing is to bring the car home and score points. That’s how you win the championship. You can’t win every race even though you try but at the end of the day you must finish the race and bring points home.”

 

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2015 Pirelli World Challenge Season Begins

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Thursday March 5, 2015

R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI prepare for second season in 2015 Pirelli World Challenge; Olivier Beretta Team Driver.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada (5 March 2015) With three wins, eight podiums, and a strong run to third in the 2014 championship, Toronto-based R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI made a big impression in its first season of Pirelli World Challenge competition.

Starting this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas, the team will look to build on that impressive 2014 effort as R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI returns to the highly competitive sprint racing category in 2015, and has Olivier Beretta to piloting the No. 61 Ferrari 458 Italia in the GT class. He was a regular with Ferrari in European racing series’ and brings a wealth of experience to the team.

While the 2015 season marks just the second in the sprint category for R. Ferri RACING WITH FERRARI, the team brings a deep roster of talent and experience to the program. Racing is in the blood of the organization, starting with the passion and dedication of team principal Remo Ferri, and the team has years of history in the sport including strong campaigns in GRAND-AM, IMSA as well as strong representation in Ferrari Challenge.

“After a successful inaugural season in the Pirelli World Challenge in 2014, we are excited to be back this year with a proven driver that has a tremendous amount of experience with the Ferrari 458 GT3. With our support from the factory coupled with the experience we gained from last year, I feel confident that we can be a very strong team and compete for the championship as I know we have a great car,” said Ferri.

Olivier Beretta will be behind the wheel of the Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 #61 car. He was a regular with Ferrari in European racing series’ and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. “Having raced the Ferrari 458 GT3 in the past, I’m looking forward to racing in the Pirelli World Challenge. This is a new challenge for me and I know the car very well. I’m happy to be racing for R.Ferri Motorsport and together I feel we can have a successful year” said Beretta.

The 2015 Pirelli World Challenge GT season consists of 11 rounds at eleven prestigious venues across North America, starting this weekend in Austin at The Circuit of Americas. Included in the schedule is the home race for R.Ferri Motorsport at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park race track in Bowmanville, Ontario on May 15th to 17th.

About R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI:

Led by Remo Ferri, R.Ferri Motorsport Racing with Ferrari is in its second full season of competition in the Pirelli World Challenge. Founded in 1991, R.Ferri Motorsport is a professional Canadian racing team headquartered in Toronto, Ontario and races in partnership with the Remo Ferri Group of Automobiles including Ferrari of Ontario, Toronto and Alberta. R.Ferri Motorsport also provides technical, racing, and logistical support for 6 Ferrari 458s that take part in the North American Ferrari Challenge along with other exclusive customer track events. Learn more at www.rferrimotorsport.com.

Team Sponsors:

Ferrari of Ontario/Ferrari of Alberta:
Canada’s premiere authorized Ferrari dealership group specializing in new and pre-owned sales, Classiche designation work, collision repair and factory trained service and original parts. Ferrari of Ontario and Ferrari of Alberta are part of the Remo Ferri Group. One of Canada’s leading sports and luxury automotive groups.
For more information please visit www.ferrariofontario.com
Remo Ferri Group of Automobiles:
The Remo Ferri Group of Automobiles owns and operates 9 dealerships representing 14 automotive brands in Ontario and Alberta and 2 Motorcycle brands. Owned and operated by Remo Ferri since 1976, the group continually delivers excellence in automotive sales and customer service and strives to be the best quality, sports, performance and luxury automotive group in Canada. For more information please visit www.remoferrigroup.com

About Pirelli World Challenge Series:

The Pirelli World Challenge series is one of North America’s top production car-based racing championships. Divided into four separate categories (Pirelli World Challenge GT, Pirelli World Challenge GTS, Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car and Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car B-Spec), each race features thrilling standing starts, adrenaline filled door-to-door action and world-class drivers.

For Media Inquiries, please contact:
Robert Vacca (905) 265 7155
Email: rvacca@remoferrigroup.com

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2015 PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE SEASON SCHEDULE

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Date Place
March 06-08, 2015 Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TX
March 27-29, 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St.Petersburg, St.Petersburg, FL
April 17-19, 2015 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
April 24-26, 2015 Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL
May15-17, 2015 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, ON, CAN
May 29-31, 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Detroit, MI
June 26-28, 2015 Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
July 31 – August 02, 2015 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Cource, Lexington, OH
August 14-16, 2015 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Cource, Lexington, OH
August 21-23, 2015 Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT
August 28-30, 2015 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA
September 11-13, 2015 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA
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FINAL RACE: UTAH GRAND PRIX – MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK

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Salt lake City, UTAH – The Pirelli World Challenge concludes its 25th anniversary season with a return to Miller Motorsports Park, with #61 Anthony Lazzaro from R.Ferri Motorsport Racing with Ferrari still having an opportunity at the overall championship.

The GT Series has a pair of 50-minute sprints for Rounds 15 and 16 of the season. The second race for these categories serves as a makeup event for the weather-postponed first race at St. Petersburg in March.

Mathematically, there are five drivers still in the running for the Championship but the three drivers currently sitting first, second and third – Johnny O’Connell, Mike Skeen and Anthony Lazzaro will battle for the GT class crown.

On the strength of his second win in 2014, Sonoma’s Round 14, Anthony Lazzaro, of Atlanta, Ga., moved into third place in points in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 over Andy Pilgrim, in the No. 8 Cadillac and Andrew Palmer, in the No. 21 Audi R8 Ultra.

With his third-place position, Lazzaro is still alive at 160 points back of O’Connell (1376-1216).

A maximum of 304 points are available this weekend in each class. A driver would achieve that maximum with a win (140 points) and by securing all 12 bonus points in each race. Drivers not within 152 points heading into Saturday’s races will be mathematically eliminated from championship contention.

 

 Event/Circuit:

Miller Motorsports Park
15-turn, 3.048-mile permanent road circuit
(Outer Course, GT/GT-A/GTS)

Green Flag:
Friday, Sept. 12, 6:55 P.M. EDT (GT/GT-A/GTS Race 1)
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2:30 P.M. 4:30 P.M. EDT (GT/GT-A/GTS Race 2)

Race Lengths:

 50 minutes (GT/GT-A/GTS)

 

Overall it’s been a successful first year for R.Ferri Motorsport Racing with Ferrari in the Pirelli World Challenge. Good luck to our team this weekend and Forza Ferrari!

 

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R. FERRI MOTORSPORTS 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW

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R.Ferri Motorsport entered into the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Championship with big expectations and the first year team did not disappoint as they finished the season as a podium threat for every race. 12 Top 5 finishes. 7 podiums: 2 first place, 2 seconds and 3 third place finishes in the highly competitive GT class.

Here’s a gallery of the exciting action throughout the season.

First Place Finish at Barbar - April 26 to 27th
First Place Finish at Barbar Motorsports Park on April 26 to 27th

Second Place Finish at the Honda Indy in Toronto on July 18-20th.

Second Place Finish at the Honda Indy in Toronto on July 18-20th.

First Place Finish at Sonoma Grand Prix on Aug 22-24th

First Place Finish at Sonoma Grand Prix on Aug 22-24th

Third Place Finish at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 11-13th.

Third Place Finish at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 11-13th.

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