|Circuit||Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
|Distance||540,141 km / 335,700 miles|
|458 Italia GT||F 142 GT xxxx||Team West/ AJR/ Boardwalk Ferrari||12. overall / 4. in class GT|
|458 Italia GT||F 142 GT xxxx||Risi Competizione||19. overall / 8. in class GT|
Maranello, 12 May – It was a terrible Saturday for the Matteo Malucelli – Olivier Beretta 458 GT2, in action at Laguna Seca for the third round of the American Le Mans Series. After the young Italian driver had taken a great pole position, the duo were bombarded with penalties, some for exceeding the pit lane speed limit and others when the Race Director decided they were to blame for collisions with other cars. The Maranello machine thus finished eighth in class, even though it had demonstrated great potential, as could be seen from Beretta’s second fastest race lap. The second 458 GT2 entered by West Boardwalk Ferrari and driven by Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell, took fourth in class.
Maranello, 11 May –This weekend, if you’re thinking of Ferrari on-track action, you have to expand your horizons beyond the obvious appearance of the F138 in the hands of Alonso and Massa at the Catalunya circuit for the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix. The 458 GT is also flying the Ferrari flag high on two fronts: in Portimao (Portugal) for the second round of the GT Open International Championship and at Laguna Seca, which is hosting the third round of the American Le Mans Series.
Starting from pole position in tomorrow afternoon’s race in California, will be the Risi Competizione 458 GT of Malucelli-Beretta, with Matteo setting the fastest time in qualifying yesterday afternoon in 1.22.732, ahead of two Porsches. “A great result for me: first qualifying and first pole, fantastic!” commented Matteo. “We had a few problems on Thursday but we fixed them thanks to hard work from the team and Michelin. It’s a good starting point but we know it’s going to be a very tough race.”
The second 458 in the race is run by the West Boardwalk Ferrari team, crewed by Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell and they were seventh fastest in qualifying in a time of 1.23.217.