Toronto, Ontario, Canada (26 March 2015) After making a winning start to the season with driver Olivier Beretta putting the No. 61 Ferrari 458 Italia in victory lane at the Circuit of the Americas, Toronto-based R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI will be back in Pirelli World Challenge action this weekend in St. Petersburg as the series stages Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2015 championship.
With the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street course setting a scenic stage for the cars as they streak by the boat-filled harbor alongside the circuit, the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg provides one of the most picturesque tracks on the calendar.
The team arrives at the fast and challenging road circuit with some previous knowledge of the fastest way to find victory lane, having scored a dramatic victory in GT-A competition at the track last year as the team made an impressive World Challenge debut in 2014.
“I’m happy coming out of Austin with a win,” said team owner Remo Ferri. “We did well in St. Pete last year so we have a lot of experience on this track. I hope to score as many points as possible. We always want to win every race but it’s important that we finish well here as we head into Barber and the other upcoming races which are race tracks that we can do very well in.”
Beretta will look to pick up where he left off in the season-opening weekend after he scored a big victory in the first race of the season. Beretta carries a fondness for the St. Pete track, having scored victories in ALMS competition at the circuit.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been here at St. Pete,” said Beretta, who took to the track for practice on Thursday for a test session and official practice. “I like street racing and the organization did a good job of putting this event together, the track is very nice. The traffic will be heavy and the weather could also come into play. Tomorrow looks like it might rain which could make things interesting but race day looks sunny. I am quite happy about how we have started the day. We will race our line and see what happens at the end.”
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Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Pirelli World Challenge Schedule:
Friday: Qualifying ? 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM ET
Saturday: Race 1 ? 11:10 AM – 12:10 PM ET
Sunday: Race 2 ? 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM ET
About R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI: Led by Remo Ferri, R.Ferri Motorsport Racing with Ferrari is in its first full season of competition in the Pirelli World Challenge. Founded in 1991, R.Ferri Motorsport is a professional Canadian racing team headquartered in Toronto, Ontario and races in partnership with the Remo Ferri Group of Automobiles including Ferrari of Ontario, Toronto and Alberta. R.Ferri Motorsport also provides technical, racing, and logistical support for 6 Ferrari 458s that take part in the North American Ferrari Challenge along with other exclusive customer track events. Learn more at www.rferrimotorsport.com.
Ferrari of Ontario/Ferrari of Alberta:
Canada’s premiere authorized Ferrari dealership group specializing in new and pre-owned sales, Classiche designation work, collision repair and factory trained service and original parts. Ferrari of Ontario and Ferrari of Alberta are part of the Remo Ferri Group. One of Canada’s leading sports and luxury automotive groups.
For more information please visit www.ferrariofontario.com
Remo Ferri Group of Automobiles:
The Remo Ferri Group of Automobiles owns and operates 9 dealerships representing 14 automotive brands in Ontario and Alberta. Owned and operated by Remo Ferri since 1976, the group continually delivers excellence in automotive sales and customer service and strives to be the best quality, sports, performance and luxury automotive group in Canada. For more information please visit www.remoferrigroup.com
About Pirelli World Challenge Series: The Pirelli World Challenge series is one of North America’s top production car-based racing championships. Divided into four separate categories (Pirelli World Challenge GT, Pirelli World Challenge GTS, Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car and Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car B-Spec), each race features thrilling standing starts, adrenaline filled door-to-door action and world-class drivers.