The mighty Daytona banking is daunting enough without throwing any extra factors into the mix, so imagine the look on the Scuderia Corsa Team’s faces as they sent their brand new Ferrari 488 GTE out into what can only be described as a monsoon.
In fact, the all important qualifying session for the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was so wet that the timesheets were dominated by the heavier GTLM cars – the road-based racers locked out the top seven places after receiving the slightly less torrential of the conditions than the normally faster prototypes.
We join Scuderia Corsa’s Italian ace Alessandro Pier Guidi (a class winner at Daytona in 2014) as he muscles the brand-new racer round the banking of Daytona. All seems well, and indeed Pier Guidi slotted the car into fourth position at the end of the session, until he exits the ‘bus stop’ complex at the back of the circuit.
We won’t spoil the ride, but safe to say the mighty twin-turbo V8 in the back of Pier Guidi’s Ferrari bites and it takes all the 32-year-old’s skill to keep it out of the wall. Need more reason to watch? How about your first real chance to hear the grunt of that V8? Say no more…