Jason Baker (Dick Lovett Swindon) continued his remarkable qualifying run with another pole position, once again lining up just ahead of Jamie Clarke (Stratstone Manchester). Josh Kirkwood-Jones (H.R. Owen London) completes the top three as he did in Qualifying 1.
Toby Flannagan (Maranello Sales) will start on pole in the Coppa Shell class, with Jamie Thwaites (JCT600 Brooklands Leeds) starting from second, and Alex Moss (Graypaul Birmingham) starting from 3rd. Jamie Thwaites is the only driver to qualify in the top three for both races, emphasising just how close the field in the Coppa Shell is.
Jason Baker (Dick Lovett Swindon) extended his record of taking every pole position so far, and he’ll be looking to convert it into a fifth win. Jamie Clarke (Stratstone Manchester) will be looking to finally get the better of Baker as he lines up second on the grid as he has done at every race so far. With less than one-tenth of a second between them, the race promises to produce a thrilling dual. Josh Kirkwood-Jones rounds out the top 3 from the Trofeo Pirelli Class.
Jamie Thwaites (JCT600 Brooklands Leeds) put in an impressive performance and will line up on pole position in the Coppa Shell class for the first time, with Mark McAllister (Lancaster Ferrari Colchester) and Gary Redman (Graypaul Nottingham) rounding out the top three, in a class that has so far produced a different winner from every race.
The Ferrari Challenge UK is visiting the Croft circuit for the third round of the series, which this year made its debut in the richly diverse British car scene. The stars of the championship take to the North Yorkshire track after battling at Brands Hatch and Snetterton, rewarding the fans with some exciting and hard-fought races. Everyone wants to see how the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell drivers will navigate this testing but enjoyable track with its highly challenging and technical turns, alternating with fast stretches and the chance to overtake despite the road being quite narrow at times. Croft requires high concentration and a good setup to record a fast lap.
Trofeo Pirelli. Jason Baker has won the four Trofeo Pirelli races held so far although Jamie Clarke pushed him all the way, always finishing on his tail. Baker has 88 points, with Clarke on 64, still mathematically in with a chance of the title, a dream also kept alive by Jon Wood, third in the standings on 38 points.
Coppa Shell. In the Coppa Shell, on the other hand, everything is up for grabs, with four different winners in the four races run so far. Toby Flannagan on 61 points, the only perennial on the podium, leads a group of five drivers separated by just 19 points, with Gary Redman in second, followed by Mark McAllister, Richard Guy, and Alex Moss.
Ferrari Challenge will return to the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26-28 for the fifth round of the 2019 North American Ferrari Challenge season. The iconic speedway made its name for the 500 mile race that has taken place for over a century on Memorial Day weekend and as the host of the United States Grand Prix in the early 2000s. The Ferrari Challenge competitors, however, will make use of the 2.439 mile Grand Prix road course that makes use of the iconic front straight and mixes in 13 turns within the infield space.
Trofeo Pirelli. Cooper MacNeil (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari of Westlake) solidified his position as championship favorite in the Trofeo Pirelli category, taking back to back wins in Montreal and establishing nearly a 40 point lead over his nearest rival, Benjamin Hites (The Collection). Thomas Tippl (Scuderia Corsa, Ferrari of Beverly Hills) holds a narrow lead of just two points over Martin Burrowes (Ferrari of Ft Lauderdale) after Thomas could not participate in race 2 at Montreal due to crash damage incurred in race 1.
Trofeo Pirelli AM. Ziad Ghandour (Boardwalk Ferrari) has also established his position as the championship leader in Trofeo Pirelli AM with just over half of the 2019 season complete. He leads Neil Gehani (Continental Autosports) by 24 points, a gap that was generated after Ziad earned 24 points during the Montreal weekend compared to Neil’s 15. Danny Baker (Ferrari of Ft Lauderdale) will return to the Coppa Shell category at Indianapolis, so Dave Musial (Lake Forest Sports Car) will take his spot in third, but is facing immense pressure from Brent Holden (Ferrari of Newport Beach) off the back of the American driver’s first win of the season at Montreal.
Coppa Shell. Mark Issa (Ferrari of Atlanta) continued his fine run of form at Montreal, further establishing him as the championship favorite in the Coppa Shell category. Coppa Shell AM transplant Brian Davis (Dealer), however, has begun to find his feet in the more competitive Coppa Shell category. After a streak of four consecutive wins in Coppa Shell AM, Brian was moved up to the Coppa Shell category and struggled at Laguna Seca. At Montreal, however, the first-year driver regained his podium form, finishing third in the opening race. He will look to continue this positive momentum as the season continues at the Brickyard. Currently in third is Dale Katechis (Miller Motorcars) who is maintaining only a three point advantage over Claude Senhoreti (Ferrari of Ft Lauderdale).
Coppa Shell AM. Coppa Shell AM remains the most competitive and largest class in the Ferrari Challenge championship in 2019. Jay Schreibman (Cauley Ferrari) has had a year at the sharp end of the category, but maintains only a 13 point advantage over Eric Marston (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari of Westlake) with six races to go. Eric, in turn, only holds a two point advantage over Gianni Grilli (Ferrari of Quebec) who is in turn only six points ahead of Brad Horstmann (Foreign Cars Italia). With all four drivers regularly taking podium finishes, strong and consistent execution will be required to earn the Coppa Shell championship.
Club Competizione GT. Club Competizione GT will continue its maiden season at Indianapolis with dedicated track time on Sunday and the following Monday. The event at Indianapolis comes off a strong debut event at Mugello when twelve clients took the opportunity to push their GT cars to the limit in a non-competitive setting. Ferrari designed this program specifically for customers who wish to exploit the limits of their GT machinery without the stress or limited schedules offered in competitive racing events.
Eligible Models. Twelve Ferrari models are eligible for Club Competizione GT, ranging from the F40 Competizione of 1989 to the 488 GTE/ GT3 cars featured in today’s most notable sports car competitions. For those historic GT racing models, the Club also offers a unique opportunity to reunite the car with its optimum environment, the racetrack.
Ferrari History at Indianapolis While the famed Prancing Horse has never turned a wheel at the Indianapolis 500, it did dominate the Formula 1 competitions held from 2000 to 2007, winning six times from eight attempts. Michael Schumacher claimed five of those six wins, in 2000, and 2003-2006, with teammate Rubens Barrichello taking victory in 2002.
Schedule. Ferrari Challenge cars will have their usual private testing day on Thursday, July 24, followed by practice on Friday. Qualifying and racing action will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, all of which will be live-streamed on live.ferrari.com. A final timetable will be shared when available.
Ferrari put on another remarkable display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, 4th – 7th July 2019. The Prancing Horse debuted 3 Special Project cars at the event, including Ferrari P80/C, the Ferrari SP3JC and the Ferrari Monza SP2. This is the first time the company has shown three special project cars to the public at the same time, with all three cars taking part in the Supercar Runs up the famed Goodwood hill climb.
Marc Gené, Scuderia Ferrari F1 driver, drove the 2010 F10 during the Formula 1 Team demonstration runs up the renowned Goodwood hill climb. The F10 featured alongside the ‘Michael Schumacher at 50’ celebration, including 7 Ferrari F1 cars which had all been driven by Michael Schumacher in his outstanding career at Scuderia Ferrari – which is also celebrating 90 years of F1 in 2019.
Driving a new addition to the Ferrari One-Off Special Project cars, Ferrari GT driver, Sam Bird, was at the wheel of the iconic Ferrari P80/C – the first time the P80/C has been shown in public. Styled on the 488 GT3, the P80/C had the longest development time of any Ferrari One-Off made to date. The decision was made to use the 488 GT3 chassis as a basis, not only for its performance, but also for its longer wheelbase (+50 mm compared to the 488 GTB) which allowed more creative freedom.
The SP3JC also made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The SP3JC is based on the chassis and the running gear of a Ferrari F12tdf. The sole one-off car to be commissioned on this limited-series special, the SP3JC is the maximum expression of open-air motoring, harking back to Ferrari’s epic V12-engined spiders of the 1950s and ’60s.
The driver of the fantastic FXX-K Evo was Chris Froggatt. Froggatt is a successful Ferrari European Challenge series driver, securing eight wins within the Championship. The latest addition to the XX range entertained crowds all the way up the iconic Goodwood hill, highlighting its innovative technology and performance.
With the first Ferrari Challenge UK series well underway, Jason Baker, the current leader in the series, drove his Ferrari 488 Challenge (car 29) during the event. Jason has won 4 out of 4 races in the new one-make championship for the UK, with another 4 races left in the season; Croft 20-21 July and Silverstone 21-22 September.
The final addition to the three Ferrari Special Projects cars which featured over the weekend included the Monza SP2, which was also making its dynamic debut at the event. Part of the new ‘Icona’ range, the Monza SP2 is inspired by barchettas of the 1950s which were driven to victory in international motor sport, not just by official works team drivers from the Scuderia, but also by a legion of gentlemen drivers who, in those years, frequently found themselves wheel to wheel with legendary professional drivers of the era. The weekend created a huge hype for the car, with huge popularity with the public.
To conclude the weekend, the Ferrari 488 Pista received the Michelin Showstopper Award of the day for 6th July 2019. This was voted by the public online for the best car in the Michelin Supercar Paddock.
After a cloudy day yesterday, light rain finally came to Motegi on Sunday, and the race director declared the track wet. With some sectors of the track in varying degrees of dampness, tire strategy became an important factor in the race. The race ended with Philippe Prette winning in the Trofeo Pirelli AM category, Michael Choi and Kenneth Lau winning in the Coppa Shell and Coppa Shell AM categories respectively. All three winners are from Blackbird Concessionaires HK.
Trofeo Pirelli AM. In the Trofeo Pirelli AM class, pole-sitter Go Max (M Auto Hiroshima) made advantage of the grip granted by rain tires to take the lead at the start of the race but was then challenged by Philippe Prette (Blackbird Concessionaires HK) whose pace kept improving lap after lap as his slick rubber got to operating temperature. Despite being initially disadvantaged by his tire choice, Prette drove an impressive race, starting 4th overall on the grid and then managing to make his way to the front of the pack. He seized the opportunity to take the lead when Max spun and kept it till the end. With this win, Prette has strengthened his leadership in the standings with 162 points. Max had to settle for second position in the race and in the standings with 107 points. Nobuhiro Imada (Rosso Scuderia), the winner of Race 1, had to retire from the race after an early spin.
Coppa Shell Jay Park (Forza Motor Korea) had a good start from pole and lead his category for most of the race. However, at lap 9, the runner-up in Race-1 Michael Choi (Blackbird Concessionaires HK) made a great comeback by using his faster pace to complete a fightback from sixth place overall and overtaking three of his opponents. At the chequered flag, Choi reaped the rewards for his tenacity, having beaten off the attacks of Park and Kazuyuki Yamaguchi (Cornes Osaka), to win the race. His win today and second place yesterday have propelled him to the top of the standings with 112 points. Park had to settle for second place and is now fourth in the standings with 92 points. Yamaguchi took the last step on the podium and is third in the standings with 98 points. Yanbin Xing (CTF Beijing) who was leading in the standings after Race 1 yesterday is now a close second with 105 points.
Coppa Shell AM. Kenneth Lau (Blackbird Concessionaires HK) pulled off an encore in the Coppa Shell AM category. Lau drove a blistering race, starting from eleventh on the grid and steadily making his way up to the front of his category. He was unstoppable, finishing ahead of Kent Chen (Modena Motori Taiwan) who came in second and Andrew Moon (Forza Motor Korea) in third. Moon has kept his lead in the standings with 126 points. Min Xiao (CTF Beijing) lies now second with 83 points after his fourth-place finish in Race 1. Chen is third with 82 points while Lau has climbed to fourth with 72 points after winning both races this weekend. Yansheng Liang of CTF Beijing was the winner of the Gentlemen Cup while Kanthicha Chimsiri (Cavallino Motors Bangkok) took the Ladies’ Cup.
The fifth round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific takes place in Fuji Speedway International Circuit from 29th August to 1st September.
Scuderia Ferrari’s performance with Pascal Wehrlein and Andrea Bertolini behind the wheel of the F60s was the most eagerly awaited and exciting event at the Ferrari Racing Days held this weekend on the German track.
Before an enthusiastic 10,000-strong crowd, the two drivers put on a spectacular series of accelerations and passes, interspersed with fast pit stops performed impeccably by the Scuderia’s mechanics. The traditional ‘donuts’ on the main straight allowed Prancing Horse fans to greet the two drivers with applause and singing, much of which was directed at Pascal Wehrlein who enjoyed the thrill of driving a Ferrari on his home track.
The exhibition by the two F60s was followed by the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell races, plus the free laps of the F1 Clienti single-seaters and the fantastic cars of the XX Programmes.
Louis Prette and Eric Cheung won Race-2 of the Ferrari Challenge Europe held today at Nürburgring, Germany, respectively in the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell. The day’s races, part of the Ferrari Racing Days, were as exciting as usual, and full of fascinating duels and passes.
Trofeo Pirelli. Louis Prette (Formula Racing) triumphed in the 30-minute race after masterfully protecting the lead he had built up early on over Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126) and Adam Carroll (Ferrari Budapest). There were few surprises during the 15 laps, with a special mention for Thomas Neubauer (Charles Pozzi – Courage), who started from ninth because of the Grid Handicap but finished fifth behind Lennart Marioneck (Gohm Motorsport). Race-1 winner Niccolò Schirò (Rossocorsa) made a great start, before battling with Sam Smeeth (Baron Motorsport) and Neubauer to cross the line in sixth.
Trofeo Pirelli Am. The Trofeo Pirelli Am was a much more eventful race, won by Emanuele Maria Tabacchi (Rossocorsa) just four-tenths of a second ahead of Jack Brown (Graypaul Nottingham). The Italian driver had to recover from 11th on the grid, doing so in style to beat the Briton and even giving the Trofeo Pirelli drivers something to think about. Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa) celebrated his 100th start in the Ferrari Challenge by joining Tabacchi and Brown on the podium.
Coppa Shell. Eric Cheung (Formula Racing) returned to winning ways for the first time since Race-1 in Valencia, ahead of Christian Kinch (Gohm Motorsport) and Ken Abe (Formula Racing). Victory was never in question for the Canadian driver, while behind him the Swedish and Japanese drivers fought a fascinating duel. Kinch put yesterday’s race behind him in the ideal way, while the Japanese clinched his first podium of the season, after many near misses. Ernst Kirchmayr had a weekend to forget, retiring due to an accident at the start of both races. Similarly, James Weiland, winner of yesterday’s race, retired after an early crash today.
Coppa Shell Am. Giuseppe Ramelli (Rossocorsa – Pellin Racing) secured his maiden win of the season after a long battle with the Race-1 winner, Ingvar Mattson (Scuderia Autoropa) who spun when attempting to pass the Italian driver on lap 10 and crossed the line in fifth. Behind Ramelli, fifth overall, came Michael Simoncic (Baron Motorsport) and Matthias Moser (Baron Motorsport), with their first podiums of the season. The retirement of the championship leader, Laurent De Meeus (HR Owen), allowed Agata Smolka (Rossocorsa) to close the gap to just 15 points.
The Ferrari Show will be broadcast live on races.ferrari.com at 1.10 pm today, Sunday 7July.
The Ferrari Show is the highlight of the Ferrari Racing Days at the Nurburgring, a special show for fans of the Prancing Horse. The event will star Pascal Wehrlein and Andrea Bertolini in the F60, the 55th single-seater built by Ferrari expressly for the Formula 1 World Championship.
Cloudy skies with the threat of rain greeted the 21 drivers as they took to the track for Race 1 of the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific Round 4. Fortunately rain didn’t show up and the race took place under dry track conditions. This was the very first race at Twin Ring Motegi Circuit in Japan for the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific series and drivers had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the track over 2 days.
Trofeo Pirelli AM. In the Trofeo Pirelli AM class, pole-sitter Nobuhiro Imada (Rosso Scuderia) took the lead from start to finish clinching his first win of 2019. The Japanese drove a flawless race and finished a convincing 8.121 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. The closest battle in class was between Go Max (M Auto Hiroshima) and Philippe Prette (Blackbird Concessionaires HK). Prette started second on the grid but Max managed to overtake him in the early stages of the race. However, Prette kept his cool and stayed very close to his Japanese opponent throughout. He fought back valiantly and managed to overtake Max in lap 9. Prette ended the race just 2.4 seconds ahead of Max who finished third.
Coppa Shell. The Coppa Shell race was very hard-fought with lots of thrills and excitement. It saw many twists and turns before it concluded with Makoto Fujiwara (Cornes Shiba) taking the win. Fujiwara started from fifth row on the grid and surged back into the podium positions in the very early stages by gaining three places. Michael Choi (Blackbird Concessionaires HK) lead the pack from the start while the battle for 2nd and 3rd positions were raging. Fujiwara was first chasing Yanbin Xing (CTF Beijing) and managed to overtake him halfway through the race. Then, in the last lap, he found a further extra gear to surge ahead and overtake Choi for the lead, beating him by just 0.9 seconds, whilst Xing ultimately took the third and final spot on the podium.
Coppa Shell AM. Kenneth Lau (Blackbird Concessionaires HK) won the Coppa Shell AM category and finished eleventh overall. This was his maiden win in this category, finishing a close 1.457 seconds ahead of Kent Chen (Modena Motori Taiwan), who crossed the line in 2nd place followed by Baby Kei (Cornes Osaka). Yansheng Liang of CTF Beijing was the winner of the Gentlemen Cup for being the best finishing driver over 55 while Kanthicha Chimsiri (Cavallino Motors Bangkok) took the Ladies’ Cup.