Team GT Corse by Rinaldi finishes third in the SP8 class at the 6-hour race of the VLN on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

Team GT Corse by Rinaldi crossed the finish line in second place in class in the seventh round of the Nürburgring Endurance Championship (VLN) season. However, the Ferrari drivers Arturo Devigus, Mike Jäger, Stephan Köhler and Andrea Barlesi (car number #457) were subsequently relegated to third place in the SP8 class due to a penalty. However, the team of the “Eifel Ferraristi” was delighted with the strong performances of the team and drivers. At the upcoming eighth round of the VLN season, the GT Corse by Rinaldi team will again be on the grid with two Ferrari 458 Italia.

Danny Pfeil (Team Principal): “That was another hot battle in the Eifel in cool weather – with everything that the VLN has to offer. Our drivers did a great job in the most difficult conditions. Unfortunately, we didn’t always have luck on our side. In two incidents we were set back through no fault of our own. Our technicians in the pits always brought our yellow Ferrari back into the green. Arturo was really unlucky, Mike, Stephan and Andrea showed some great catching up. Unfortunately, we were penalised. One of our drivers accelerated five metres too early under double yellow. After a crazy race, we have to take a breather now.”

Michele Rinaldi (Technical Director): “Our Ferrari was damaged in practice on Friday after the oil flags were not shown in time at the end of the start-finish straight. However, we managed to rebuild this car in time for the race and our chances with the number 457 car in the SP8 class were excellent. We started from first place on the grid in our category but were quickly involved in a superfluous incident. Later, there was additional damage due to a crash. So we lost about six minutes as well as the safe lead. We certainly couldn’t complain about a lack of work in the pits.”

Team GT Corse by Rinaldi will be in action in testing in Hungary and Slovakia next week. The next VLN round of the season will take place on 13 September.