The Italian driver, who pushed hard to close to within less than a second of the winners before his
lightning-fast final stop, deployed a bold strategy hoping to follow up on his win at Portimão, but with no
luck. During the race, crewmate James Calado even took the lead for a time with a splendid passing move
on Jani. Miguel Molina and Daniel Serra secured fourth place overall, just three seconds off the podium. The
crew of car #52 fought a very intense race duelling with the Porsche of Bruni-Lietz. With these results,
Ferrari stays on top of the Constructors’ Championship standings.
François Perrodo, Nicklas Nielsen and Alessio Rovera enjoyed their second season win, with a perfect
performance. Starting from the back of the pack after yesterday’s penalty in qualifying, a splendid Rovera
put the trio back in contention in the early stages. He then handed over to Perrodo before returning to the
wheel at mid-race. The Italian then left the AF Corse 488 GTE to Nicklas Nielsen, whose two very quick
stints saw him first over the line, gifting the Italian team another win after the victory at Spa-Francorchamps.
The race was a mixed bag for the other Ferraris. While car #54, driven by Flohr-Fisichella-Castellacci
finished seventh and the “Iron Dames” crew, Frey-Gatting-Bovy, eighth, the Maranello cars were well up in
the mix during the race. The final result was affected by bad luck in the Safety Car and Full Course Yellow
phases, which also knocked back the third AF Corse Ferrari of Mann-Ulrich-Vilander, tenth at the finish line
but often in the top three. Eleventh and twelfth place went to the 488 GTEs fielded by Cetilar Racing, still
leader of the standings, and Rinaldi Racing, while the second Iron Lynx car had to retire.
The next round of Season 9 of the FIA WEC is the eagerly awaited 24 Hours of Le Mans on 21 and 22
August. On that occasion, the Ferrari President, John Elkann, will send the cars on their way in front of