|Circuit||Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texsas
|Distance||1.030,931 km / 640,728 miles|
|458 Italia GT2||F 142 GT 2876||AF Corse||13. overall / 2. in class LMGTE Pro|
|458 Italia GT2||F 142 GT 28xx
||Krohn Racing||24. overall / 8. in class LMGTE Am|
|458 Italia GT2||F 142 GT 2848||AF Corse||23. overall / 7. in class LMGTE Am|
|458 Italia GT2||F 142 GT 2874
||AF Corse||14. overall / 3. in class LMGTE Pro|
|458 Italia GT2||F 142 GT 2846
||8 Star Motorsports||19. overall / 4. in class LMGTE Am|
Austin, 22 September- It was a special day for Mike Miller and Luke Koczwara, two young engineers who work alongside Tony Asghari, winner of the “Tweet from the seat,” organised by Ansys to celebrate its partnership with Ferrari in GT racing. In fact, Asghari decided to hand them the prize he won – a day with the AF Corse team at the Austin 6 Hours, even if he didn’t pass over the chance to “sign” the two 458 GT2 cars with his name, as can be seen in the pictures of Amato Ferrari and Gilles Eggenspeller, Senior Fluids Product Manager of Ansys, that go along with this story.
“For an engineer working in the car industry it’s fantastic being able to experience at first hand an important event like this race, practically as part of the AF Corse team along with its drivers,” said Luke and Mike. “It’s like touching the sky. If we are engineers, much of that is down to our passion for sport on four wheels and Ferrari is definitely the highest expression of that.” The experience enjoyed by Asghari and his colleagues with Ansys is very important, not just because it allowed them to be part of this weekend’s event. “In our group, we use Ansys software all the time for our applications, mainly linked to thermal analysis and vibration dynamics: it gives our work added value, just as I am sure it does for Ferrari. And just as Ferrari expresses the state of the art in the field of the automobile, with its road and sports cars, so too Ansys represents the most powerful and reliable computer simulation tools in the automotive field. For us, it has been very interesting and fun to study the simulation of air flow over the profile of a Formula 1 car, the work that resulted in us winning this competition!
“Thanks to Ansys, Ferrari and AF Corse, we have really enjoyed an unforgettable day, in a very professional atmosphere, but at the same time, felt like one big family,” concluded the two engineers in unison. “Oh and a special thanks to Tony who let us come here instead of him J!”
Maranello, 21 September – It was a day of important qualifying sessions for the 458 GT in Austin/Texsas.
This weekend in Austin sees the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship and this afternoon, qualifying was on the agenda. In the GT-Pro category, the two AF Corse 458 GT2 cars finished fourth with Vilander-Kobayashi and seventh with Fisichella-Bruni. Pole position went to the Aston Martin of Senna-Makowiecki. A top spot for Ferrari came in the GTE-Am class, with Aguas-Potolicchio-Malucelli (8 Stars Motorsport) while the AF Corse car with Gerber-Griffin-Cioci came third.