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Scuderia Corsa wins second consecutive IMSA GTD championship for Ferrari
Scuderia Corsa wins second consecutive IMSA GTD championship for Ferrari
2017-10-08 The team finished ninth Saturday.

Scuderia Corsa co-drivers Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan won their second consecutive class championship despite a ninth-place finish in the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3. While it wasn’t the finish the team was hoping for, the champions rode remarkable consistency to the title with seven podium finishes and one win on the season.

“We did a thing that not a lot of people have done,” Nielsen said. “One is fine, but twice is even greater. This one is even tougher than last year. The mentality of never resting on previous results, and always pushing and working harder than we ever have before has been our advantage. And that’s why we’re standing here today.”

Despite running in the top-five for much of the day, a broken axle in the race’s fifth hour sent the team behind the wall for lengthy repairs. The team was looking to sweep both the season championship and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, but the mechanical issue eliminated the team from Patrón Endurance Cup contention.

“At the very end, we were also able to win the manufacturer championship for Ferrari on its 70th anniversary so it’s great honestly,” said Balzan. “The race was not easy, but I’m focused on what we won. And I really want to thank everybody because it’s a great season.”

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