After the “Pole 100 Award” that defined the starting grid for the 2021 edition of 24 Hours of Daytona, The Ferrari Ready to take on one of the most famous endurance races in the world. With 50 cars entering the event and good weather forecast for the weekend, expectations for the IMSA Series inaugural season are high.
GTLM. The 488 GTE No. 62 from the Risi Competizione will be the only Maranello in the GT Le Mans class. The American team is seeking to achieve its first success in 24 hours, and it is the last mosaic that can count the successes in the most important American endurance races, the most recent being the Betty Le Mans race of 2019.
Officers James Calado, Alessandro Pierre Guidi and Davide Regon will take turns driving a Ferrari, alongside Frenchman Jules Gonon. The riders who will move onto the track can boast a total of 25 entries in the race, with Calado amassing his sixth appearance – five with Risi Competizioni – while Pier Guidi and Rigon will climb to eight. Gonon has three starts in classic Florida, the first with the US team’s colors even though the French have previously competed twice for the team in 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 and 2020.
GTD. In the GT Daytona class, the Scuderia Corsa 488 GT3 Evo 2020 will lead the attack on the top of the podium, which will start from the eighth place. Scuderia Corsa is also seeking its first victory in Daytona, having decided the successes in 12 Hours of Sebring and at Betty Le Mans. The team can count on drivers with different motorsport experiences, starting with Ryan Brisco, winner of the 2020 race at the wheel of a Dpi class prototype. Along with the Australian naturalized American, one of the talent in the Indycar series, Ed Jones, who will debut on the Florida circuit as well as drive a GT race car, will make it to Ferrari. The two will be able to count on expert Marcus Gomez, who made the fastest lap in the GTD class in 2019 at Daytona and Brett Curtis, a very experienced driver and numerous entries in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the SRO GT World Challenge Championships.
AF Corse will complete the Ferrari lineup initially with the # 21 488 GT3 Evo 2020, which marks the return of Piacenza’s team to Daytona after a short break. The Pole Award was not particularly lucky for the Italian car, provided a hole occurred set 16th on the grid to start 24 Hours. The result does not frighten a team that can count on a particularly competitive crew consisting of Daniel Serra, Niklas Nielsen, Matteo Crissoni and Simon Mann. Serra has a lot of experience with Daytona, having run the race continuously since 2016 while his teammates make their debut on the North American track, with the exception of Cressoni who has already competed in the SRO Championship races in the US.