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Ferrari 458s Win Grand-Am GT-Class Championship

Alessandro Balzan is 2013 Rolex Series GT driver champion

Annette Carrion
Sep 30, 2013 SHARE

Ferrari GT-Class Championship Details:

  • Ferrari sweeps GT-class Championship at Lime Rock Park
  • Alessandro Balzan 2013 Rolex Series GT driver champion
  • Scuderia Corsa secures Rolex Series team championship
  • GT Championship can be seen at Ferraridoesitagain.tumblr.com

Ferrari GT class championship action Photo 2/4   |   Scuderia Corsa Ferrari

On September 28, 2013 Ferrari ended the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series on a high note by sweeping the GT-class Championship at Lime Rock Park, CT. Alessandro Balzan, driver of no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia became the 2013 Rolex Series GT driver champion and secured the Rolex Series team championship for Scuderia Corsa. Somewhere out there, former Ferrari factory driver and supporter Mario Andretti must be celebrating the result.

Ferrari is no stranger to the podium, this is the second consecutive season that the manufacturer has won the Rolex Series Manufacturer Championship – scoring two wins, four pole positions, and 13 podium finishes in the season. However, the race was not without any incidents.

Ferrari GT class championship Photo 3/4   |   Scuderia Corsa Ferrari

Balzan survived a heavy-hit that came from another GT-class car coupled with a late-race restart, causing him to finish in second position. Following closely behind was no. 64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia that was driven by Jeff Westphal and Johannes van Overbeek.

“I was never relaxed during the race since things were always happening in front of us, behind us, or next to us,” said Balzan. “The DP’s were passing us and sometimes it was a nightmare because you know that you are leading the championship but you also know that you are losing so much time in traffic. I am very happy for the team. Everyone at Scuderia Corsa, really deserved it. It’s really crazy to think we are champions in the first year. I have to thank Giacomo because he believed in me, otherwise I would have never gotten the seat. I’m a 100% Scuderia Corsa product, and it is a dream for a little Italian driver coming from Italy that is now living in Modena.”

Ferrari GT class championship crew Photo 4/4   |   Scuderia Corsa Ferrari

To relive the championship, go to Ferraridoesitagain.tumblr.com.

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