Yearly Archives: 2019

Ferrari wins the Blancpain GT World Challenge America manufacturer title

Ferrari wins the Blancpain GT World Challenge America manufacturer title

Las Vegas, Nevada | 20 October 2019 It was a night to remember in Las Vegas as the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge America season closed with a huge double header event on Saturday.

Pro class driver champion Toni Vilander joined Miguel Molina in a third-place finish to secure the Blancpain GT World Challenge America season manufacturer title for Ferrari.

R. Ferri Motorsport. Molina and Vilander took second on the final lap in Saturday morning’s opening race, gaining points in the manufacturer standings that proved crucial in the evening event. In Saturday’s nightcap, Molina took the lead at the start of the 90-minute race on the tight 2.5-mile circuit in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3, but was forced to yield the position due to exceeding the track limits on the opening lap. Subsequently, Molina held on to second and was only 1.2 seconds back at the pit stop. The stop didn’t go as planned, however, with Vilander returning to the track 15 seconds behind the lead. Despite storming past several Pro/Am combinations, he was unable to overtake either of the two Bentleys.

As the checkered flag flew, Ferrari came out ahead in the provisional manufacturer points, 285-282, with the R. Ferri team also taking second in the team standings.Congratulations to R.Ferri Motorsport on another fantastic season!

Here’s a recap of the 2019 season championships:

2019 BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE AMERICA DRIVERS OVERALL Champion

BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE AMERICA MANUFACTURERS OVERALL champion

 

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Ferrari Completes Double Sweep at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, NY | 2 September 2019

It was a big weekend for Ferrari in Upstate New York after R. Ferri Motorsport completed a sweep at Watkins Glen International by winning their respective class in Sunday’s Blancpain GT World Challenge America event.

Toni Vilander and Daniel Serra both made passes in Turn 8 of the historic circuit to take the lead in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3, which scored its fifth victory of the season.

“It could not be any better,” said team owner Remo Ferri. “I think we did a great job, with two great guys. The weekend turned out very, very good.”

Pole-sitter Vilander lost the lead at the drop of the green flag, but regained it with an inside pass in the “Heel of the Boot,” Turn 8 of the 3.4-mile circuit. The opposing driver attempted to cut in on the Ferrari but spun, giving the lead to Vilander,

“It basically came down to the start,” Vilander explained. “We have agreed on a starting zone, but the starter waved the flag 50 meters earlier, so Maxime [Soulet] was actually in front of me, and was pulling away. He was pushing really hard, and he made a mistake coming out of Turn 7. I went to the right-hand side, and he blocked; I went to the left-hand side, he blocked. We got down to Turn 8. I got down to the first gear, and I touched him. I didn’t feel the touch inside the car, but it’s very unfortunate; I’m not here to spin any of the cars. At this age I will race clean – I’ve done my crazy battles in the past!”

SRO officials quickly ruled the contact a racing incident, with no penalties.

Co-driver Serra found himself in second when he took over at the midway point. He patiently bided his time until seeing an opportunity in the Boot, and took the lead with a dive to the inside in Turn 8. He led the rest of the way, winning by 3.993 seconds.

“It was supposed to be an easy race, because Toni had a bit of a gap,” said Serra, racing in the series for the first time in a substitute role for Miguel Molina. “But we lost a bit of time in the pits, and I was behind an Acura that was much faster than us on the straights. It was real difficult to overtake him, I had to wait for a mistake. Then Alvaro [Parente] arrived, and then it was like qualifying every lap until the end! But it was nice to come here and help them extend their lead.”

With the victory, Vilander extended his lead to 28 points with only four races remaining.

 

 

 

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R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI returns to the Blancpain GT World Challenge 2019 season to defend its Championships.

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Toronto, ON – Remo Ferri, Team Principal of R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI officially announced today that his team will return to compete and defend its SprintX and  GT Overall Championships in the 2019 Blancpain World Challenge Series with his Ferrari 488 GT3. The team also successfully contributed to Ferrari winning the SprintX Manufacturers Championship. Returning are Ferrari veteran drivers Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina as they too look to defend their championship as they pilot the team’s entry in the series beginning in Austin at the Circuit of the Americas on March 1 – 3, 2019.

2019 will mark the fifth full season in the World Challenge for R. Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI with its first overall championship in 2018. “We are excited to be back again this year in the World Challenge with a proven driver lineup that has had a lot of success with our team. With the continued support from the factory coupled with the experience we gained from previous years, I feel confident that we can once again compete for a chance at the championship “said Remo.  

The Blancpain GT World Challenge America series is the premier destination for GT3 racing in North America. New this year is an exciting, two-driver, 90-minute SprintX style format. The enhanced GT World Challenge series will compete on top-tier circuits and feature two races per weekend. The season will consist of six rounds with the first race next weekend in Austin. Included in the schedule is the home race for R.Ferri Motorsport at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario on May 17th to 19th, 2019.

Racing is in the DNA of the organization, starting with the passion and dedication of Remo Ferri. The team has years of history in the sport including strong campaigns in GRAND-AM, IMSA as well as strong representation in Ferrari Challenge.

About R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI: Led by Remo Ferri and founded in 1991, R.Ferri Motorsport Racing with Ferrari is a professional Canadian racing team headquartered in Toronto, Ontario and races in partnership with the RFerri Automotive Group including Ferrari of Ontario, Toronto and Alberta. R.Ferri Motorsport also provides technical, racing, and logistical support for Ferraris that take part in the North American Ferrari Challenge along with other exclusive customer track events. Learn more at www.rferrimotorsport.com.

2019 Team Sponsors:

Zekelman Industries:

Zekelman Industries is the largest independent steel pipe and tube manufacturer in North America. Leveraging operating divisions of Atlas Tube, Wheatland Tube, Picoma, Energex Tube, Sharon Tube and Z Modular, they are the most trusted and comprehensive resource for structural application-specific tubular steel products and solutions in the North America. From energy to non-residential construction and original equipment manufacturing, they manufacture a wide range of products used in various applications. For more information please visit www.zekelman.com

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, factory trained service and original parts. Ferrari of Ontario and Ferrari of Alberta are part of the RFerri Automotive Group, one of Canada’s leading sports and luxury automotive groups. For more information please visit www.ferrariofontario.com

RFerri Automotive:

RFerri Automotive owns and operates 12 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.rferriautomotive.com

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