Finali Mondiali Ferrari: Plenty of excitement on track as first Ferrari Challenge titles are decided
Scarperia, 4 November-The second day of the Finali Mondiali Ferrari featured competitors in all four of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli series tackling the second qualifying session and the first races of the weekend. The races confirmed the high standard of racing in the one-make series, with the first titles only decided at this the final rund of a very closely contested season. In the Italian Trofeo Pirelli, Lorenzo Bontempelli (Kessel Racing) was fastest over all, while for the North Americans, the best time was set by Enzo Potolicchio of Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale. Fastest of the gentleman drivers was Benedetto Marti while Riccardo Ragazzi (Ineco/Ram) and Scott Tucker (Boardwalk) set the best times of those using the F430 in the respective championships. In qualifying for the European division, pole position for Race 2 went to Alexsander Skryabin (Ferrari Moscow) in the Trofeo Pirelli and Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing) in the Coppa Shell. In the Asia Pacific championship, a performance worthy of note from Hisao Shigeta, who following on from a strong showing yesterday, beat the Singaporean Ringo Chong and the HKG’s Eric Kwong, while in the Coppa Shell, quickest time went to Australia’s Steve Wyatt.
The excitement level ramped up in the afternoon, when the first races took place, for the most part on a wet track. In the Italian Trofeo Pirelli category, Matteo Malucelli took the win in Race 1, with Stefano Gai and Dario Caso (CDP) in the remaining podium places, which was enough for Gai to secure enough points to take the Italian title for the second consecutive year, with one race in hand. The Coppa Shell also produced a thrilling race for the top places, with Benedetto Marti taking the victory and the title among the gentleman drivers. The Motor/Piacenza driver crossed the line ahead of Marco Zanuttini (Ineco/MP) and Raffaele Giannoni (Motor/Piacenza.) In the North American Trofeo Pirelli, highest placed was the reigning champion Enzo Potolicchio, second overall behind Malucelli, while the honours among the F430 runners went to Andrea Belluzzi for the Italians and Juan Hinestrosa for the North Americans.
In the European series, Max Blancardi (Motor/Malucelli) took the title in the Pirelli category, thanks to a sixth place in the first race, which was won by Philipp Baron ahead of two Ferrari Moscow drivers, Grossmann and Skyrabin.
In the Coppa Shell, Kruglyk (Scuderia GT) dominated the first race which had plenty of overtaking moves, to cross the line ahead of Dirk Adamski (Baron Service) and Yannick Mallegol (Motor/Piacenza.)
Hong Kong’s Eric Kwong was victorious beating two Japanese drivers, Motoaki Ishikawa and Shigeru Terashima. In the Asia Pacific Coppa Shell, the win went to Steve Wyatt, with Gregory Teo and Onda Francis Hideki second and third.
On a busy day, the historic Formula 1 cars, run by the F1 Clienti department of Maranello also did a few untimed sessions. No less than twenty jewels of yesteryear were present including a 1987 ex Alboreto/Berger F1-87/88, six cars driven by Michael Schumacher in 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 and the F2007 which Kimi Raikkonen took to the world title. Among the non-racing activities, there were track sessions for nine FXX cars and twenty-two 599XX entered in the eponymous programmes.
Tomorrow sees the second round of races that group together the Italian and North American competitors and the European with the Asia Pacific. The Ferrari one-make series will be broadcast in over sixty countries around the world.