NEW 488 AIMING FOR SILVERSTONE
Jamie Stanley and Paul Mcneilly are set to become the first pairing to run the new Ferrari 488 GT3 in British GT after lodging an entry for the showpiece Silverstone 500 event, provided the chassis arrives in time.
The pair has entered one of the new 488 machines under the FF Corse with Fox Motorsport banner into the threehour race on June 12, but have yet to take delivery of the machine from Maranello.
Should the car not turn up in time, Stanley and Mcneilly will race in the same Ginetta G55 GT4 they shared for the last two British GT campaigns.
“Certainly the intention is to race the 488 and give that its British GT debut at Silverstone,” said seasoned GT racer Stanley. “We have delivery assured in good time for me to drive the car up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which is two weeks after [June 23-26], so hopefully we’ll also have it in time for the Silverstone 500.
“The 488 is a huge step forwards. I’ve been talking to [Ferrari works driver] Matt Griffin about it and by far the biggest gains are in aero. He tells me some faster corners which would have been a brake and down to fifth gear in the 458 are now just a small lift in sixth in the new car. That will make a massive difference. I’ve also got an instruction manual for the steering wheel alone, which is two sides of A4 paper!”
FF Corse head Anthony Cheshire said: “It will be good to get the 488 out, and for us to be back in British GT.”
Should the 488 not be delivered in time, it will still make its race debut at Silverstone, but in the International GT Open event on July 23/24.