Vallelunga - The Ferrari Challenge Italia weekend was hosted at the race track near Rome with numerous spectators on a sunny day. On the occasion the Scuderia Ferrari Community had invited some passionate premium users for a day organised by Ferrari, where, amongst other things, the guests could visit the paddock with jewels straight from the dealerships, as well as participate in exclusive activities and follow the races from places, where usually only the staff is allowed.
In the morning they watched the races from the paddock terrace, from where most of the track near Campagnano can be seen. Later on Beppe Schenetti (Italian Challenge Champion in 1999) accompanied our guests as a special guide to visit a box, where a 430 Challenge was set up for race 2, explaining everything regarding the technical characteristics and driving pleasure of this extraordinary 8-cylinder for the track. At the end of the tour Schenetti took each one of the guests on a lap in the 458 Italia, which, as of next year, will start to be raced in the version "Challenge", in the Corse Clienti championship.
During the preparation for race 2 in the Challenge Italia the staff took the guests to the starting grid just before the race, to then follow the early stages from the pit wall just a few centimetres away from the racing cars. The circuit TV room, from where the races are transmitted, with the editor and the involved cameras along the track, hosted the fans from the Community to follow the exciting stages of race 2, where Sauto won the Coppa Shell and Malucelli the Trofeo Pirelli
Here are some statements from the premium users:
Alessandro (ipescatori): today was my birthday and I couldn't have celebrated it any better! The lap on the track with the 458 Italia was so exciting. For years I've dreamt to drive in a Ferrari and then at my "home track" here in Vallelunga. That was such a surprise. The hospitality area, the Ferrari staff, who knew what we needed and explained everything about the competitions, the environment made me feel really good. Well this was a great birthday!
Pierluca (pasini87): The Challenge really impressed me. This is where the people are really in contact with the cars. Formula 1 is really exciting. No doubt about that. But here you can talk to the experts and listen to the engine sounds from close up, experiencing it all so much better. I've got a great passion for engines in general, but the 458 Italia really impressed me: this car flies! You should actually need a special license for it! Thanks to the meeting with Schenetti I could take a close look at this world and I was really surprised by how nice and competent he is. I could really feel the car's downforce and the engine at the highest level on the lap with him.