Ferrari earned the pole position at the Sebring International Raceway with a stellar performance from its top-class sportscar, marking its return with aplomb.
The Italian marque’s showing at the track was a masterclass in adept driving and astute engineering, as its V8-powered vehicle achieved success in the first round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Behind the wheel of the 488 GT3, Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina led the team to pole position with a 1:48.310 lap time, 0.254 seconds ahead of their nearest competitor.
The pole position is a strong indication of Ferrari’s potential for the remainder of the season. According to Ferrari North America’s Racing Chief, Antonello Coletta, the result demonstrates the team’s capacity for success. “We are very pleased with the performance of the team and the 488 GT3 at Sebring,” Coletta said. “We are confident that this result will be the start of a successful program for the remainder of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.”
The 488 GT3 is the latest iteration of Ferrari’s sportscar line-up, and boasts a number of technical advances. The vehicle’s V8 engine is equipped with a turbocharger, enabling it to produce a maximum of 630 horsepower. Additionally, the car is equipped with a range of aerodynamic technologies, including an adjustable rear spoiler and an underbody diffuser, which increase downforce and improve cornering ability.
The pole position at Sebring marks the beginning of Ferrari’s return to the top-end of sportscar racing. With its impressive performance and advanced engineering, the Italian marque looks poised to make a lasting impression.