Scuderia Corsa’s Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Segal drove to a GT Daytona class victory in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International Sunday after Balzan passed the No. 9 Stevenson Automotive Group Audi R8 LMS GT3 for the lead with just under an hour remaining.
The result is Scuderia Corsa’s second major victory of 2016 after the team also won the GTD class at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida in March. That victory also came at the hands of Nieselen, Balzan and Segal and was the first major victory for the new Ferrari 488 GTE on North American soil.
Scuderia Corsa didn’t look posied to post a good result Sunday after the team went a lap down for an engine sensor repair. The trio of Nieselen, Balzan and Segal then went to work, working their way through the field before Balzan passed Aschenbach for the lead. He then held off Andy Lally in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 to take the win, beating him across the finish line by 1.837 seconds.
“It was not an easy job to do qualifying for three hours,” Balzan said post-race. “We were really pushing hard out there. I didn’t expect to be that competitive, Christina found a problem in the car. We had about two hours when I didn’t think we would even finish the race, but then the team and the support from Ferrari managed to fix that problem. I was really pushing 100 percent, and as the car was burning fuel, the car was getting better and better. The secret of our three is that we are having a lot of fun.”
Balzan and Nielsen, the two full-time drivers of the No. 63 Ferrari 488, lead the IMSA GTD driver’s standing. They hold a 13 point lead over second place’s Mario Farnbacher and Alex Riberas, who finished third in their No. 23 Heart of Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R Sunday.
IMSA heads to Canada next for the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Clarington, Ontario. Click here for full results from the 2016 Sahlen’s 6 Hours of The Glen.