Blancardi and Gai on pole at Ferrari Racing Days at Spielberg
Spielberg, 2 September–The Ferrari Racing Days got underway today at Austria’s Spielberg circuit. The event features the European and Italian series of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli featuring the 458 and F430 Challenge cars, which today tackled the first free practice and qualifying sessions. Also getting track time with some untimed sessions, as part of the busy programme are five Ferrari FXX and no less than twelve 599XX, driven by owners involved in the eponymous series on the spectacular Austrian track. Apart from the racing, eleven historic Formula 1 cars, run by the F1 Clienti department were also on track, with Marc Gené on hand as a coach to provide valuable advice to drivers on the programme.
This afternoon saw the first qualifying session for the European division of Trofeo Pirelli, with Max Blancardi (Motor/Malucelli) coming out on top in the battle for pole (1.34.357). Alongside him on the front row for tomorrow’s Race 1 will be Alexandr Skryabin (Ferrari Moscow), with third place on the grid going to Philipp Baron (Baron Service). Andriil Kruglyk (Ferrari Moscow) was the best of the Coppa Shell gentleman drivers finishing fourth overall, followed by Jean-Marc Bachelier (Motor/Piacenza) and Dirk Adamski (Baron Service). Best time for the F430 runners went to Bjorn Grossmann (Ferrari Moscow), beating Gerald Grohmann (Warm Up) and Holger Harmsen (Lueg Sportivo).
Qualifying in the Italian series saw Stefano Gai (Rossocorsa) in 1.34.067, immediately top the time sheet, beating Dario Caso (CDP) and Lorenzo Bontempelli (Kessel). Third time overall for Benedetto Marti (Motor/Piacenza), taking the top spot among the Coppa Shell drivers, followed by Daniele Di Amato (CDP) and Emilio Rossi (Motor/Piacenza), with the best F430 performance coming from Andrea Belluzzi (Motor/Modena), ahead of Roberto Ragazzi (Ineco/Ram) and Diego Romanini (Rossocorsa/Pellin).
Tomorrow’s programme features two qualifying sessions and two races which start at 12.15 and 15.20. Sunday comes to life with the spectacle of Formula 1 action, as Spanish driver Marc Gené takes to the track for a demonstration run in and F60, run by Maranello’s F1 Clienti department, the car with which Scuderia Ferrari contested the 2009 Formula 1 World Championship.
The two European races will be shown live and repeated by 13 European broadcasters in over 60 countries, while Italian viewers can enjoy Sky Italia’s coverage, with repeats of both races during the coming week.