Last Sunday the Red Bull Ring in Austria hosted the third round of the ELMS season. The 488 GTE cars of Maranello customer teams occupied three of the top four positions, winning the 4 Hours in Austria.
The cars from Maranello already dominated qualifying on Saturday with pole for the #51 Spirit of Race crewed by Andrea Bertolini, Giorgio Roda and Gianluca Roda.
When the race got underway it immediately became clear the battle for victory would be between the Ferrari’s. In the first hour of the race the #55 Spirit of Race car took the lead ahead of the #66 JMW Motorsport 488 GTE. After the first pit stop the #66 made up a lot of ground on the #55 car. In the second part of hour two, the JMW Motorsport 488 GTE had caught up to the back of the Spirit of Race car. The #51 ran in a strong third place but then the car went into the gravel and lost its position and some time. The car then stopped for a driver change with Andrea Bertolini jumping into the car. He drove an amazing stint and overtook the TF Sport Aston Martin again for third place.
When the last hour had arrived, everything looked good for Ferrari, but in the end the TF Sport car with new tyres and a very experienced driver behind the wheel could still overtake the #51 car for third place. When the chequered flag fell the #55 won, the #66 came home in second position and the #51 took fourth place.
The next race will be at the Paul Ricard track at the end of August.