The second place of the Ferrari crewed by Alessandro Balzan, Hugo Delacour and Cedric Sbirrazzuoli
represents an excellent result for AF Corse in the new SRO series category. In the race finale, the number
21 488 GT3 Evo 2020 was forced to give up a lead held for much of the 180 minutes. The Ferrari of Iron
Dames, driven by Sarah Bovy, retired after an accident in the very early stages.
Andrea Bertolini’s splendid overtaking move on Chavez’s McLaren just minutes before the chequered flag
ensured that the AF Corse Ferrari, shared with Louis Machiels and Stefano Costantini, took second place
in the Pro-Am class. The trio were always in the top three, which bodes well for the rest of the season.
“The race was difficult for us because we struggled for pace compared to our rivals. We didn’t do too badly
in qualifying: the car was good on the single qualifying lap even though we lacked speed compared to the
others on the straights, especially the Porsches. Hopefully, things can change in the next few races.
Otherwise, realistically we will have to battle for points, which we did today”.
“We picked up some decent points, and everyone did a great job over the weekend. We had higher hopes,
but from the first sessions, it was clear that we were short of pace compared to our rivals. We maximised
the car’s performance and, as I said before, picked up some important points that will be useful for the rest
of the season”.
“This morning, the traffic was a problem, and neither Daniel nor I had a clean lap. We knew it would be
tough to pass in the race, and it was. It’s a shame because the car was really well balanced, and we just
needed a bit of speed out of the corners to be as competitive as the others. My last lap before handing the
car over to Daniel was perfect, also setting my best split times and gaining a few positions in the pit.
However, these are important points that we are happy to take home”.
“This was my first race in the GT World Challenge, apart from a few appearances in the 24 Hours of
Spa-Francorchamps. I got to know this championship, its rules, and participants a little better, so it was a
useful race. I think we could have gained a few more positions but to finish eighth after starting fourteenth
gives us some decent points. It’s not easy to overtake on this track, so in the end, it’s fine”.
“It was a difficult race because we were really short of speed. We did the best we could, limiting the
damage and finishing in seventh place. The important thing here was to score points in the standings,
which we did”.