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1962: covered wheels in a fairy-tale year

1962: covered wheels in a fairy-tale year

Once again, the Scuderia demonstrated its competitive advantage, racking up success after success in the World Sportscar Championship

In 1962, Scuderia Ferrari equipped its cars with covered wheels for the World Sportscar Championship. Ferrari won in two categories that season: over 2.0-litre GT class ‒ in this class, the Maranello-based company was primarily represented by customer teams ‒ and under 3-litre Coupe des Sports, where Scuderia Ferrari competed.

Willy Mairesse driving his Ferrari 330 LM/GTO at the 1000 km of Nurburgring, in May 1962. He conquered the second step of the podium, preceded by the Ferrari Dino 246 SP drove by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien
Willy Mairesse driving his Ferrari 330 LM/GTO at the 1000 km of Nurburgring, in May 1962. He conquered the second step of the podium, preceded by the Ferrari Dino 246 SP drove by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien

The World Sportscar Championship season opened with the 12 hours of Sebring and first place went to the 250 Testa Rossa belonging to the Scuderia SSS Repubblica di Venezia customer team, driven by Joakim Bonnier and Lucien Bianchi. The next event was the Targa Florio where Scuderia Ferrari was the star performer with the trio formed by Willy Mairesse and Olivier Gendebien from Belgium and the promising Ricardo Rodriguez from Mexico.

Olivier Gendebien standing on a wall with the team, wearing his white helmet and jumpsuit during the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Olivier Gendebien standing on a wall with the team, wearing his white helmet and jumpsuit during the 24 Hours of Le Mans

The third event was the Nürburgring 1000 km race. The Ferrari team brought home another triumph thanks to Gendebien and the reigning Formula 1 World Champion, Phil Hill. The two aces went on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, adding yet another notch to Scuderia Ferrari's already well-stocked belt.

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