NEW 488 AIM­ING FOR SIL­VER­STONE

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Pho­tos: LAT and Jakob Ebrey

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.

Fox Mo­tor­sport and FF Corse will run 488 Fer­rari’s 488 has run well around Europe Stanley (left) and Mcneilly Bushell and track lim­its

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