Ferrari will be keen to forget the Sepang 12 Hours.
The Singha Motorsport car was the best of the 458 Italia GT3s, finishing in eighth in the race that ended at midnight on Saturday. Carlo Van Dam, Piti Bhirom Bhakdi, Davide Rizzo and Alessandro Pier Guidi crossed the line ahead of the Ferrari of Naza Nexus Racing crewed by Joshua Hunt, Dominic Ang and Adrian D’Silva.
The 458 Italia GT3 of Sport Garage was 19th with Romain Brandela, George Cabanne, Jean-Paul Buffin and Gerald Tan Wee Jun at the wheel on the famous Malaysian track.
Terrible luck. Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni, James Calado, Mok Weng Sun and Matt Griffin suffered terrible luck. Starting from pole, car no. 1 was almost immediately involved in an accident while Bruni was lapping the Lotus of Chan-Webb-Hsiang-Wong. Back in the race after the necessary repairs, the Clearwater Racing car then suffered two punctures as a result of the earlier accident. At that point, nearly five hours into the race, it was decided to withdraw the car that was suffering also a ECU glitch. It made no sense to continue and also put the safety of the drivers at risk.
The team just had the meagre consolation of recording the fastest lap of 2:04.590, a time that speaks volumes about the car’s true potential. The race went to the Audi of Laurens Vanthoor, Stephane Ortelli and Stuart Leonard.