The California 8 Hours, round two of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli, was won by the HubAuto Corsa Ferrari crew of Nick Foster, Tim Slade and Miguel Molina, after a hard-fought race where five different manufacturers filled the top five places. The Ferrari drivers won by 12.5 seconds thanks to a solid race strategy, despite a small problem with a wheel gun during the third pit stop. With no safety cars or other interruptions, a new distance record was set for the famous eight-hour race: 1177.75 kilometres, during which Pirelli’s P Zero tyres delivered perfect performance.
There were 20 entries total (including GT4) at Laguna Seca, featuring 60 drivers spanning 19 nations. A record eight manufacturers took the start, all closely matched thanks to the championship’s balance of performance. Second place for Mercedes in Laguna Seca means that the German squad now extends its lead of the manufacturers’ championship, with Raffaele Marciello, Maximilian Buhk and Maximilian Goetz leading the drivers’ standings. The Ford Mustang of Jade Buford, Chad McCumbee and James Pesek won GT4.
The Intercontinental GT Challenge grid used the P Zero DHD2 tyre: a tried and trusted product that has proved to be very versatile on a wide range of circuits all over the world. No tyre issues were reported by any of the drivers in this record-breaking race. The race included some of the most prestigious carmakers in the world – such as Bentley, Mercedes, and Porsche – which use Pirelli tyres on the road as well as the track. This joint participation in motorsport helps to establish Pirelli’s position as the world leader in ultra high performance, being the Intercontinental GT Challenge the only global GT3 championship.
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