2008 Ferrari F430 GTC

Urs Schmid / Michel Zumbrunn ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

BMS Scuderia Italia, a semi-Works team, purchased chassis 2616 new. It debuted with Davide Rigon and Joel Camathias — leaping out of the gate at the 2008 Silverstone race to a 6th in class and 19th overall finish. The duo achieved similar results at Monza a month later. Babini, Matteo Malucelli and Paolo Ruberti would continue the success with a 22nd overall and 2nd in class at the 2008 24 hours of Le Mans.

The greatest triumph transpired at the 24 Hours of Spa on August 3, 2008, where Rigon, Camathias, Malucelli and Ruberti drove the car to outright victory. Consistent finishes followed at venues such as Bucharest, Nogaro and Zolder before the season’s conclusion. Results during 2009 included 19th overall and 2nd in class at Le Mans, 9th overall and 3rd in class at Budapest and Agarve, and 7th overall and 2nd in class at Zolder.

After the 2009 season, chassis number 2616 was retired and refurbished at BMS Scuderia to as-new condition.

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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