The Advance Of The 430
Reliable sources suggest (perhaps unsurprisingly) that the early
season pace of the Ferrari F430 GTC has not gone unnoticed. With
the car proving to be the quickest of the current GT2 crop in ALMS,
Le Mans Series, FIA GT, British GT (usually) and International GT
Open racing (albeit with some reliability niggles still to attend
to), it has all of a sudden become the car to have.
DSC believes that by the end of the 2006 season there may be more
than 20 of these cars in regular competition, with the Italian and
Spanish GT Championships in particular each likely to see a number
of new cars emerging.
There may also be a few surprises in store. How many 430s will we
have racing in the ALMS by the end of the season, to join the solo
Risi entry at present?
Time will tell, but with the GT2 grid stateside looking less and
less like a Porschefest nowadays, we believe that new teams / cars
may well be about to emerge, equipped with lots of prancing horsepower….
running Porsches at Le Mans seem content with their lot, the new
Ferraris not yet able to show Porsche-like reliability. They have
yet to win in the ALMS, the score is 1-1 in the Le Mans Series,
while strength in numbers has meant that it is Ferrari 2, Porsche
nil in the FIA GT Championship – but the #75 Ebimotors 911
GT3-RSR has finished second at Silverstone and Brno.
This is the
current Risi Ferrari - without and with its new sponsorship from
Forza Motorsport 2 and Xbox 360® on the hood of the car. The
new livery made its first appearance during the Lone Star Grand
Prix in Houston, where Mika Salo / Jaime Melo finished third, and
set the fastest race lap (for the second time this year - although
it wasn't fastest at Mid-Ohio).