This press release originally appears on ScuderiaCorsa.com.
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (March 14, 2016) -- On the challenging streets of St. Petersburg, Martin Fuentes extended his Pirelli World Challenge championship lead as he scored another two GT-A class victories.
Fuentes’ two victories in the no. 07 AERO-painted Scuderia Corsa / HUBLOT Ferrari 458 Italia did not come easy as he overcame mechanical adversity as well as numerous incidents in the pair of races at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He took the GT-A pole position for the first race of the weekend, placing his Ferrari in 12th overall. After a clean start to the race, Fuentes found himself in a large battle with GT-class cars as well as defending his lead in GT-A, but at the end of the race he enjoyed a comfortable in lead in GT-A to take the victory.
“We had a good start in Saturday’s race, but debris on the circuit filled the radiator intakes and the engine started to overheat,” said Fuentes. “So, we had to pace ourselves and keep the engine temperature down. Halfway through the race we saw that our closest competitor was losing time as well so we were able to manage it until the end. It was another great job by Scuderia Corsa and we are all very happy with the result.”
Sunday’s race would be markedly different to Saturday’s. While Saturday’s race ran without a single caution period, Sunday’s race featured two lengthy caution periods which resulted in minimal green flag laps. Using the race’s start and two restarts to his advantage, Fuentes was able to maintain a gap to the second-placed car in GT-A, winning again and finishing in thirteenth place overall.
Fuentes has scored four straight GT-A victories, establishing himself as the championship favorite after the first four races of the season with a 66-point lead.
“It seems that in the second race of the weekend everyone is a little more aggressive so it is important to stay away from the incidents and keep the car in one piece,” said Fuentes. “Scuderia Corsa gave me a great Ferrari to fight with and to score our fourth win of the season. I am already looking forward to the next weekend in Long Beach. Thanks to everyone on the Scuderia Corsa team, including team owner Giacomo Mattioli and technical director Roberto Amorosi – I thank them again for this amazing weekend.”
The Grand Prix of St. Petersberg will be shown on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, March 20 at 12:00 PM ET. The next Pirelli World Challenge race will be the weekend of April 15-17 at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Scuderia Corsa will also compete in next weekend’s 12 Hours of Sebring.
About Scuderia Corsa
2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium, 2015 IMSA GTD and 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2013 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo.
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