24H of Le Mans – Discovering the #65 Ferrari 488 GTE of Scuderia Corsa

11 June 2017

24H of Le Mans – Discovering the #65 Ferrari 488 GTE of Scuderia Corsa

Maranello, 11 June 2017 – Ferrari.com leads you on a trip to discover the crews of Prancing Horse customers entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Let us take a closer look at Scuderia Corsa and its second crew. This team is for two thirds the champion in IMSA GTD class: we are talking about Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan that will race with Bret Curtis in the French marathon.
 
The team. Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo founded Scuderia Corsa in 2013 to meet the needs of Ferrari customers who wanted to race their cars. The team takes part in the Ferrari Challenge North America as well as the Pirelli World Challenge and the IMSA SportsCar Championship where is the Teams’ and Drivers’ title holder with Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan. It competed at the Le Mans 24 Hours getting on the podium in 2015 and winning it in 2016 with Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler and Jeff Segal.
 
Balzan. Alessandro Balzan is one of Italy’s most successful GT drivers. Born in Rovigo on 17 October 1980, after starting out in karting he soon saw a future in closed-wheel cars. In 2001 he won the Clio Cup Winter Series, and the following year was victorious in the Alfa Romeo 147 single-make championship. After racing in the Tourism championships, he moved over to GT, winning the Italian Porsche single-make championship on three occasions and becoming Ferrari Challenge Europe championship in 2012. Then in 2013 he triumphed in the Grand-Am Championship with the Ferrari of Scuderia Corsa, while in 2016 he helped Christina Nielsen to victory in the GTD class of the IMSA title with the 488 GT3 of Scuderia Corsa. This is his first time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
 
Curtis. Bret Curtis is a US driver, born in 1966, who started out in high-level competition in closed-wheel cars in 2009. Since then, increasingly impressive results led to his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 and in 2017 to his first outing in a Ferrari at the French classic marathon. This season he has also taken part in the Ferrari Challenge North America in the new 488 Challenge with its 650 hp-plus engine.
 
Nielsen. In 2016 Christina Nielsen became the 58th woman to take part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. She was born for this, with her father Lars-Erik a five-time winner of the French classic. Christina came to the race after winning a very important title, the GTD of the IMSA along with Alessandro Balzan. She has just finished an autobiography, but is already dreaming of a rewrite that will include another great result.