The Wolf GB08 with Peugeot 1.6 turbo engine dominated the weekend of Imola in the Italian Sport Prototypes 2016 Championship
30/05/2016 – Wolf Racing Cars had a fantastic weekend in Imola, where the team has claimed two stunning victories valid for the Italian Sport Prototypes 2016 Championship.
Ivan Bellarosa took the Wolf GB08 with Peugeot 1.6 engine to the racing debut in the Italian championship – the first CN2 supercharged car showed a stunning supremacy throughout the weekend. Bellarosa posted qualifying times since free practice and set the best time in qualifying one, which earned him a pole position start for race one in 1’41.771. The Avelon Formula – Wolf Racing Cars works team’s driver confirmed his speed also in the second session, where he secured the pole position for race two with an as quick best loop of 1’41.844. The Wolf GB08 pushed by a Peugeot 1.6 liter engine unit with Simpson sponsoring was more than one second adrift the closest rival.
Bellarosa managed the car with a great experience in race one. After the start, the driver from Brescia engaged in a spectacular battle with Davide Uboldi (Ligier), who eventually ended second as Bellarosa managed to fend off the attacks moved to him all the way to the flag, that welcomed the first win of the season in the championship. This was the first ever victory scored by a CN2 supercharged sportscar.
The challenge with Uboldi was renewed in race two. Bellarosa slipped down to P2 at the first corner, but he got back the lead at the second lap with a strong move at Rivazza. Once on the lead, Bellarosa put in a series of very quick laps and voided the 10s time penalty he was handed due to a racing contact. Bellarosa set his fastest lap in 1’41.835 before crossing the finish line, which was even faster than the pole position qualifying time of race two.
Giovanni Bellarosa (Wolf Racing Cars, General Manager):
“We ended this weekend full with satisfaction due to the performance of the Wolf GB08 – Peugeot with Michelin tyres. It has been an exciting debut. The car showed a stuning supremacy, as confirmed by qualifying lap times and by the great drive in both races. These two victories are a stunning result for Wolf Racing Cars, that took to the debut a new car which turned out to be competitive since the beginning. This result was completed by the debut of the GB08 SM with central driving position. Despite being transparent to the classification, Maurizio Fratti brought it twice to P4”.