Conquest Racing w/ Ferrari will be going back to where it all began for the driver pairing of Manny Franco and Alessandro Balzan – Sebring International Raceway. The penultimate round of the 2023 Fanatec GT World Challenge Championship is a significant milestone for the team, as it marks one year since Franco and Balzan partnered together and co-drove for the first time. After completing a clean sweep of the weekend in the previous round, the duo will be ready to conquer the infamous Sebring bumps in the #21 Corsa Horizon Ferrari 296 GT3 in the Pro Class in search of more victories.
The 3.741 mile, 17-turn high speed circuit is one of the most notoriously challenging road courses in the country. The famously rough terrain serves as an important element that is not for the faint of heart, combined with long straights, high-speed corners, and highly technical sections. As the season approaches the final stages, the team is fully focused on finishing the year on a high note and continuing their streak of success.
“After our two wins in Road America a few weeks ago, we can’t wait to be back racing at Sebring International Raceway,” said Alessandro Balzan. “This is where the team made our debut in the GT World Challenge America Championship this time last year and we can’t wait to go racing again. We completed two good days of testing in really hot conditions, so it will be very exciting to see how this weekend plays out. Sebring is one of my favorite tracks where I have achieved pole positions and wins, so I’m feeling confident going into this round.”
“I’m greatly looking forward to racing in Sebring again,” added Manny Franco. “Looking back at the past year with Conquest Racing and Corsa Horizon, we’ve accomplished so much and we’re ready to keep the momentum going. This track is very special and uniquely challenging, and Alessandro and I know that we can succeed here and that’s exactly what we plan to do. Bring on the bumps!”
The team will take on Sebring International Raceway during two practice sessions on Friday, September 22nd, at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM ET. The qualifying sessions will take place on Saturday, September 23rd at 9:00 AM ET, followed by Race 1 that same day at 3:05 PM ET. The weekend will conclude with Race 2 on Sunday, September 24th at 1:45 PM ET. Both races will be broadcast live on GT World’s YouTube channel.