Artcurial Auction Paris – 2007 Ferrari F430 GTC n°2456 Michelotto/ex-Risi Competizione

Direkt link to the auction HERE

Estimate is EUR 400-600.00,–

Competition car
E.U. customs cleared
Chassis n° F131 EVOGT #2456
Engine n° F136GT #037

– ALMS – GT2 2007 Champion (Mika Salo/Jaime Melo)
– Exceptional race history and transparent history
– Perfectly maintained, ready to race

The Ferrari 430 GTC was introduced in 2006 to replace the 360 GTC and to race in GT2 class in the FIA GT Championship, the American Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The Maranello factory gave the preparation and technical management of the project to its usual partner, Michelotto. With 38 operational examples built, the F430 GTC dominated the GT class, winning, amongst others, the Constructors/Team and Drivers FIA GT titles (2006 and 2007), the Constructors and Drivers ALMS titles (2007), the Sebring 12 Hours (2007) and Le Mans 24 Hours (2008). Risi Competizione, founded and led by Guiseppe Risi, the Ferrari dealer from Houston, had a long-standing relationship with Ferrari and Michelotto. The team engaged the best drivers and had developed a reputation for winning (including Le Mans 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours) as well as for the excellence of its sporting and technical preparation.

The outstanding career of the Ferrari 430 GTC #2456 in GT2 began on 31 March 2007, at the ALMS race in St Petersburg, Florida, with a victory by Mika Salo and Jaime Melo. The rest of the 2007 season was a resounding success for the Finnish and Brazilian team, with six further wins at Long Beach, Houston, Road America, Mosport, Detroit and Laguna Seca. That year, driven by Salo/Melo, the F430 #2456 qualified on pole at Long Beach, Houston, Mid-Ohio, Road America, Mosport, Monterey and at Petit Le Mans. It was the winning car in the 2007 ALMS Constructors Championship awarded to Risi Competizione, with the Drivers title going to the cars’ pairing of Salo and Melo.
In 2008, the team from Houston entered this Ferrari in the Le Mans 24 Hour race, sporting number 83 and the livery of Krohn Racing, Giuseppe Risi’s usual partner. Driven by Tracy Krohn, Niclas Jönsson and Eric van de Poele, the car had a minor off and later retired. It participated in one last 24 Hour race in Dubai in 2009, prepared by Risi Competizione, with a team led by Adrian Newey, the technical director of the Red Bull Formula 1 team. He retired the car following a slight impact as it was leaving the pits 12 hours into the race. The car remained in Dubai in 2010 and Risi Competizione instructed AF Corse to completely overhaul the car, which included the sequential gearbox, replacing the clutch and the half shafts. Its engine #037, prepared to ” step 2 ” endurance configuration by Michelotto, was completely overhauled in January 2009. In 2010, this F430 GTC returned to the US, where it was acquired by its current owner, only the second after Risi Competizione. The car has subsequently been extremely well maintained, returned to its 2007 configuration and used only for private testing. The engine has turned for no more than 3 hours since its last service. The Ferrari will be sold with a spare set of wheels and new slick tyres, a set of routine maintenance tools and an impressive folder of the complete technical documentation from Michelotto covering every component and function of the car. This 2007 Ferrari 430 GTC #2456 is one of the last generation of competition cars with an electronic management system that remains affordable for gentleman driver enthusiasts.

This Ferrari, with an exceptional racing provenance, and never seriously damaged, is the most highly titled of the 430 GTC GT2s from 2006/2007. Here is a remarkable opportunity, for the pure performance it offers as well as a historical value for the place it holds in the long line of Ferrari champions.

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