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HubAuto Corsa Ferrari Withdrawn Despite Rebuild Attempt

Bathurst 12 Hour grid down to 37 as HubAuto Corsa withdraw sole Ferrari…

Photo: John Dagys

HubAuto Corsa’s search for parts after the No. 27 Ferrari 488 GT3’s practice crash proved unfruitful leading to the car’s withdrawal from the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

Daniel Serra lost control of the sole Ferrari in the field he shares with Tim Slade and Marcos Gomes at McPhillamy Park in the closing stages of final practice on Saturday morning.

Serra skated across the gravel before hitting the concrete wall rear-first at high speed.

While the Brazilian walked away from the incident the rear of the car was significantly damaged as the recovery crew brought the mangled car back to the garage.

The team was initially hopeful of being able to source parts to attempt a repair, however, they were unable to get their hands on what they needed.

“We were looking for a rear sub-frame to try and repair it, but there isn’t one available in the country,” said team director Phillip Di Fazio.

“We realized the damage was a little more substantial than that and the only way would be to source another car and unfortunately, we just can’t get one here quick enough.

“It’s very disappointing. The guys have worked incredibly hard all week. It’s just really sad and I feel sorry for the guys; you don’t even get to start the race.

“Daniel is okay. He went down to the medical center, he got checked out and he’s fine.”

The loss of the HubAuto Corsa Ferrari brings the grid number for the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli season-opener down to 37, however, multiple cars are also in question after a carnage-filled qualifying session.

Slade Perrins is an Australian-based reporter for Sportscar365. Perrins won the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars 'Young Gun Award' for journalism for his work with

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