Supplied by RM Sotheby’s— With a front-line automobile racing line of work expanding some 11 years– in addition to including 2 FIA GT Champions, a Le Mans program win in addition to basic victory in the Gym 24 Humans resources– the Ferrari 550 GT1 justifiably populates a location in the pantheon of all-time exceptional Rivals GT automobiles and also vehicles.
Unbelievably, Ferrari’s last extreme GT offering had in fact been the wonderful Group 4 Daytona, some 3 years previously. Whilst that job had in fact been factory-led, no such real blessing, initially at the minimum, was upcoming for the550 Ferrari made it clear that any kind of sort of automobile racing variant would absolutely require to be developed separately, with Italian Race Preparation job business Italtecnica in addition to their British matchings Prodrive taking the lead. It was not up till 2003 that the factory-approved N. Technology group, instead belatedly, chose to produce their really own variant.
Amongst 4 Italtecnica vehicles and also automobiles built, structure 115811 was obtained by prosperous Italian Andrea Garbagnati, making its race releasing in the initial of the 2001 FIA GT Champ at Monza. Entered into by Team Rafanelli, the vehicle was driven by previous Remedy One lorry motorists Emanuele Naspetti as well as additionally Mimmo Schiattarella. Running fifth really early, their race ended up in retired life abiding by leading falling short merely after two-thirds array. At the second round at Brno, both pleased in a primarily uneventful race to finish 5th, whilst at Magny-Cours 2 weeks later, they videotaped a deserving fourth behind the winning Lister Twister as well as additionally 2 Chrysler Vipers. After another 5th at Silverstone, a frantic really early duration of 5 races in 7 weekend break breaks finished with a check out to Zolder in Belgium, in mid-May. Naspetti took a very deserved lead, although again rotten good luck actioned in with the automobiles and also vehicle retiring again due to problem problems.
The duration went back to at Gym in really early August for the collection’ blue riband celebration, the 24 Humans resources. Naspetti was maintained as lead lorry chauffeur of 115811 with Schiattarella altered by two-time Wellness center victor Eric van de Poele; Belgian newbies Philippe Steveny in addition to Martial Chouvel also registering with the group. After licensing second, Naspetti made a scorching start, additionally taking the race lead briefly in the third human resources. The really early rate had in fact taken its toll, the lorry retiring after merely 6 humans resources with a broken crankshaft.
A shortened duration saw the automobiles and also vehicle compete at the A1-Ring in late August, yet the group selected to lose out on the last 3 rounds of the Champ at Nurburgring, Jarama as well as additionally Estoril. In Austria, Naspetti was partnered by Marc Duez, in addition to after an instead dull licensing session– which left both simply 13 th– the lorry retired again with engine problems, this time around about quickly before half array.
After existing non-active for the majority of the 2002 duration, 115811 was offered to erstwhile Touring Automobile team Dart Contending for the last 3 rounds of that year’s FIA GT Champ. Driven by dramatically experienced Red Bull-backed Austrian Dieter Quester as well as additionally previous Le Mans program victor Luca Riccitelli, in addition to appropriately updated to 2002 needs by Milan-based J.A.S Motorsport, the collaboration was not a gratifying one, with all 3 rounds– Enna, Donington as well as additionally Estoril– ending up in retired life.
For 2003, lorry owner Garbagnati passed on prep job responsibilities to JMB Contending, entering selected events in both the FIA as well as additionally Italian GT Champions. Again, the previous was a frustration, with drivers Terrien, Derichebourg in addition to Pescatori standing up to lamentable honesty as well as additionally giving up all 4 race starts. An otherwise discouraging duration was recovered when Garbagnati himself shared the automobiles and also associate Ferrari exam licensed operator Andrea Bertolini in 2 Italian GT races at the A1-Ring, taking complete success in both.
The 2004 duration meant 115811’s inexpensive swansong, with JMB’s lead licensed operator Lorenzo Casè shielding 3 basic success in the automobile at Imola, Magione as well as additionally Vallelunga en course to third location in the future of year standings. Accordingly, the Vallelunga win would absolutely be the automobiles and also vehicle’s last contemporary race, with Casè sharing the automobile on this event with future Mercedes-Benz Remedy One supremo Toto Wolff.
Abiding by the last idea of its contemporary race task, the automobile was used to Frenchman Bruno Tortara and also later on to a private German fanatic, the last designating previous JMB developer Jean-Christophe Noel to start a comprehensive removal. It was managed the provider in 2018, that recovered the remarkable 2002 Red Bull livery as well as additionally handled a complete engine as well as additionally transmission rebuild.
Consequently checked out by three-time Le Mans victor Marco Werner, structure 115811 is presently totally race prepared as well as additionally prepared to do combat again. It would absolutely be a additionally show-stopping as well as inexpensive accessibility right into the developing Endurance Contending Tales in addition to Masters Endurance Stories collection, whilst its credentials for Ferrari’s factory-organised Club Competizioni GT events extra enhances its presently substantial problem. With its hot lines, conventional front-engined 6-litre V-12 layout as well as additionally unrivaled accompanying soundtrack, the 550 Maranello has in fact long been considered a deserving fan to the kind of the 250 GTO, 275 GTB/C in addition to Daytona; an honor which will absolutely simply be secured furthermore in future years.
This truck will absolutely be provided in RM Sotheby’s new Milan Sale, happening 15 June at Palazzo Serbelloni in Italy. The sale will absolutely be livestreamed as well as additionally remote bidding procedure options are conveniently offered.