Daytona, 26 January –When there’s a serious accident on track, everything else becomes of secondary importance and the wellbeing of the drivers is the priority, especially for the team-mates.
The accident which took place just coming up to the three hour mark and involved the prototype Corvette of Memo Gidley and the 458 GT of Matteo Malucelli, was horrifying and both drivers required treatment on the spot before being taken to hospital in Halifax. Gidley underwent an operation on his left arm and leg, while Malucelli remains under observation with severe cerebral concussion, but the situation is not critical, as the doctors told his wife and Antonello Coletta, head of Ferrari Corse Clienti, who are both with him in Halifax. Matteo’s team-mates, Gianmaria Bruni and Olivier Beretta also rushed to see him and only when hospital staff confirmed the positive evolution of the Risi Competizione driver’s condition, did they return to the race track.
Everyone got a very big scare, but things are calmer now in the team’s garage, because while necessarily remaining cautious, the worst seems to be over. Naturally, that sense of relief is more important than the disappointment on the racing front. The early stages of the race had confirmed the potential of Giuseppe Risi’s team, because even though it had started from the back of the grid, thanks to the efforts of Bruni and Malucelli, car number 62 had fought it’s way up to the front end in the GTLM class.
Still fully in the fight for victory are the Level 5 Motorsport 458 GT number 555 and the number 63 car run by Scuderia Corsa, which are in first and third places respectively in the GTD class after 13 hours racing.