FFF Racing Team

FFF Racing Team by ACM (known as Orange1 FFF Racing Team for sponsorships reasons) is a Chinese sports car racing team who currently competes in the GT World Challenge Europe as a Lamborghini factory team.[1]

China FFF Racing Team by ACM
Founded2014
BaseSant'Agata Bolognese, Italy
Team principal(s)Fu Songyang
Andrea Caldarelli
Current seriesGT World Challenge Europe
Nürburgring Endurance Series
Lamborghini Super Trofeo
Former seriesGT World Challenge Asia
International GT Open
GT Asia Series
Michelin Le Mans Cup
Current driversItaly Mirko Bortolotti
Italy Andrea Caldarelli
Italy Marco Mapelli
Japan Hiroshi Hamaguchi
United Kingdom Phil Keen
Italy Giacomo Altoè
France Franck Perera
Italy Donovan Privitelio
Italy Luciano Privitelio
Teams'
Championships
2018 Blancpain GT Series Asia – GT3
2019 Blancpain GT Series – Pro
2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup – Pro
2019 FIA Motorsport Games GT Cup

HistoryEdit

FoundingEdit

Founded in 2014, the team came about as a result of a partnership between Chinese businessman Fu Songyang and Italian racing driver Andrea Caldarelli, branded as FFF Racing Team by ACM.[2] The team began competition the following season, taking delivery of three McLaren 650S GT3 models ahead of the 2015 GT Asia Series season.[3][4] The team claimed their inaugural victory at Okayama that season, as full-time driver Hiroshi Hamaguchi finished 10th in the driver's championship.

Lamborghini transitionEdit

For the 2016 GT Asia Series season, FFF Racing shifted to competing with the recently introduced Lamborghini Huracán GT3, with Lamborghini's factory junior driver pairing of Edoardo Liberati and Andrea Amici joining the team's effort.[5] The team would take two overall victories and seven podiums that season, with Liberati and Amici claiming the driver's title.[6] 2016 also marked the team's first foray into European competition, fielding two entries in the GT3 Le Mans Cup and another at the Paul Ricard round of the International GT Open.[7]

 
FFF competing in the International GT Open at Barcelona in 2017

The following season, the team entered the inaugural season of the Blancpain GT Series Asia with support from Squadra Corse.[8] The #1 car featured the season-long duo of Alberto di Folco and Aidan Read, while the #2 featured a slew of drivers across the Pro-Am and Am classes. The 2018 season proved successful for the team, claiming the overall team's championship alongside multiple driver's titles. Martin Kodrić and Dennis Lind claimed the overall and Silver Class championships, while Hiroshi Hamaguchi and Marco Mapelli took the Pro-Am Cup championship.[9]

Full factory supportEdit

For 2019, the team launched a renewed three car effort with full factory support for the 2019 Blancpain GT Series.[10] Success followed the team into 2019, as drivers Marco Mapelli and Andrea Caldarelli made series history by becoming the first set of drivers to win the Sprint, Endurance, and Overall championships in the Pro category. Furthermore, the team claimed the Pro class Overall and Endurance team's championship titles, while Hiroshi Hamaguchi and Phil Keen helped the team to the Pro-Am class team's and driver's titles in the Sprint series.[11] In 2021, the team announced their intentions to compete at the Nürburgring 24 Hours for the first time in team history.[12]

eSportsEdit

In April 2020, the team announced the creation of their eSports arm, dubbed FFF eSports, to compete in the 2020 SRO E-sport GT Series.[13] For their inaugural season, the team competed in the Silver Class designed for sim racers, signing drivers Jaroslav Honzik and Kamil Franczak.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Orange 1 FFF Racing Team 2021, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo". gt-world-challenge-europe.com. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  2. ^ "About us – FFF Racing Team by ACM". fffracingteam.com. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  3. ^ "FFF Racing Team by ACM to Run McLaren 650S GT3s in Asia". sportscar365.com. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  4. ^ "FFF Racing Team by ACM breaks cover". Asian Festival of Speed. 26 February 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  5. ^ "FFF Racing Team by ACM to Campaign New Huracán in GT Asia". sportscarracingnews.com. 11 April 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  6. ^ "The 2016 GT Asia Series, by the numbers". motorsport.com. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  7. ^ "FFF Racing Lambo To Make GT Open Debut At Paul Ricard". dailysportscar.com. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  8. ^ "FFF Team Announces Blancpain GT Asia Entries". sportscar365.com. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Blancpain GT Series Asia's champions crowned in London". automobilsport.com. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  10. ^ "FFF Confirms Factory-Backed Lamborghini Program". sportscar365.com. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  11. ^ "Champions of 2019 crowned at spectacular SRO Motorsports Group awards ceremony in Las Vegas". gt-world-challenge-europe.com. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  12. ^ "FFF Names Lamborghini Factory Quartet for Maiden N24 Bid". sportscar365.com. 25 February 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  13. ^ "FFF Racing launches digital team to contest SRO E-Sport GT Series". gt-world-challenge-europe.com. 15 April 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  14. ^ "FFF eSports in SRO E-Sport GT Series with Honzik and Franczak". fff-racingteam.com. 23 April 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.

External linksEdit

Achievements
Preceded by
GruppeM Racing Team
Blancpain GT Series Asia Team's Champion
2018
Succeeded by
Absolute Racing
Panther / AAS Motorsport
Preceded by
AKKA ASP
SunEnergy1 Racing
Blancpain GT Series Team's Champion
2019
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Team's Champion
2019
Succeeded by