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Ferrari Slowed for VIR

Ferrari 488 GT3 slowed in latest round of Balance of Performance adjustments ahead of VIR…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

The Ferrari 488 GT3 has been slowed in the latest round of Balance of Performance adjustments ahead of this weekend’s Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway.

IMSA has confirmed a reduced turbo boost for the Prancing Horse, across all RPM levels, along with a 2-liter fuel capacity reduction for the GT-only race.

It comes on the heels of consecutive GT Daytona podium finishes for the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari at Lime Rock Park and Road America.

The WeatherTech-backed car is the only Ferrari on the entry list for tenth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

No other BoP changes have been made to GTD, with GT Le Mans remaining unchanged for the third consecutive race.

18 Entries for VIR

A total of 18 cars are on the entry list for Sunday’s two-hour and 40-minute race.

While there have been no changes to the GTLM field, Mario Farnbacher is set to sub for Alvaro Parente in the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3, alongside title contender Katherine Legge.

Bill Auberlen is set to return to the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, while Gunnar Jeannette will be Cooper MacNeil’s co-driver in the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari.

Alessandro Pier Guidi, who teamed with MacNeil at Road America, is unavailable due to his FIA World Endurance Championship commitments with AF Corse this weekend.

The No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche, which was withdrawn at the last minute in the last two races, meanwhile, is not listed.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Pierce

    August 13, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Wow the Ferrari is usually the baseline concerned but not surprised. Pier Guidi was in another zip code at Road America

  2. Jake

    August 13, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Name another time in history where one make won 4 straight races in GTLM and werent’t hit with bop concessions……..

    • Jaymo

      August 13, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Probaly because they’ve won the races mostly on strategy and the field (other than the BMW) have been pretty dead on close at 4 different tracks

      But nah, probaly just NASCAR choosing Ford this year

      • Jake

        August 13, 2018 at 12:22 pm

        relax chump. I didn’t say that a BOP change was necessary. I simply asked when the last time one make (team) has won 4 straight races and weren’t hit with BOP concessions. It’s a completely valid question….

        Bop has been very close for the most part, so I really don’t have a problem that no changes were made. But based on recent history in IMSA, when one team wins 3 to 4 races in succession, regardless of the data, they have been knocked down a few pegs. Case in point, the year SRT won the championship, the rumors were flying about SRT’s future, they were in the championship hunt, then had a couple bad races where they right up at the front, but made some mistakes or were beat on strategy. Corvette won 3 races in a row, despite the fact that the class itself was very close, and the Vipers actually were fastest by the data, they slowed down the Corvette’s. Viper won the championship, then folded up shop anyway.

    • Binky

      August 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that IMSA has finally evolved beyond their typical Balance of Results policy.

  3. seniorbruno

    August 13, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Wow! 18 cars for the feature race. I can hardly wait….

    • Chips O'Toole

      August 14, 2018 at 8:14 am

      7 cars down from last year.

    • Travis McBee

      August 14, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Take away four more, and you’ll have an Asian Le Mans grid!

    • Andy Flinn

      August 14, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Wow! 19 GT cars for the WEC race at Silverstone this weekend.

      Wow! 14 GT cars for the PWC race at Utah last weekend.

  4. Daren

    August 14, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    As usual road racing can’t keep a good thing going. GT3 racing just the latest example of no cost control.

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