Ferrari announces CEO succession – Mr. Amedeo Felisa retires

Posted: 02.05.2016
Source: Ferrari

Maranello (Italy), 2 May 2016 – Ferrari N.V. (“Ferrari” or “Company”) (NYSE/MTA: RACE) announces the retirement of its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Amedeo Felisa, after 26 years of dedicated service. Mr. Sergio Marchionne will assume those responsibilities while retaining his current role as Chairman of the Company. Mr. Felisa will continue to serve on the Board of Directors of Ferrari with a specific mandate as technical advisor to the Company.
Sergio Marchionne had this to say: “I have known Amedeo for more than a decade and I have had the opportunity to work with him closely for the last two years. He is beyond any doubt one of the best automotive engineers in the world. During the last 26 years, he has worked tirelessly to fuel and guide Ferrari’s technical development, producing an array of cars which have set the standard for both performance and styling.”

The Board of Directors wants to officially express its gratitude to Amedeo for his contributions and is delighted to be able to count on his services as technical advisor to the leadership team going forward.

These executive changes are effective immediately.

 

 

Circuit Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Date 15.05.2016
Laps 66
Distance 307,104 km / 190,866 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
5 Sebastian Vettel SF16-H 314
Scuderia Ferrari .
7 Kimi Raikkonen SF16-H 317
Scuderia Ferrari .

 

Spanish Grand Prix – “Making steady Progress”

Posted: 12.05.2016
Source: Ferrari

Kimi says team ‘knows what it’s doing’

“We go race by race, trying to make good results, we steadily improve and make progress, and we have to perform well in every single circuit. We had good winter tests here in Barcelona, but now the conditions are different. I think our car we’ll be good, we’ll find out if it will be good enough. Our aim is to clean up things and put ourselves in a better position this weekend, we’ll see how it is going tomorrow, and then we’ll do the maximum. We keep improving the car as any other team does, you can have a bad race for many reasons and this doesn’t mean that your car is not good. Our aim is to be in front to challenge the Mercedes every weekend, we are not yet where we want to be but I don’t think we are very far. What we have achieved so far is not ideal, if you purely look at the end result, but that’s not always very truthful. For sure we can do a better job, we’ll keep pushing and try to make up the best of every race. As a team we know what we are doing and that’s the important thing. Let’s see where we end up on Sunday, obviously our aim is to try to win.”

 

Spanish Grand Prix – “Same pressure as any other race”

Posted: 12.05.2016
Source: Ferrari

Seb says that in Spain ‘there is a chance to do well’

“We don’t feel any special pressure here in Spain. There are 21 races this year and pressure is the same wherever you go. It’s true that looking back, we could have done better if this or that hadn’t happened, but we can’t change it now. It’s also true that we’d like to be in a better position in the next couple of races, but for the meantime we have to focus on this one. On paper, it looks like it could be better for us than the previous one; but then again, we’re not racing on paper here, but on the track. I think there is a chance to have a good race, as there is a chance of making some mistakes. We came here prepared to give our best. Of course our President wants us to deliver, but we want the same and there’s no point now arguing too much on what has happened so far. As far as Kvyat is concerned, he had the guts to call me after the race in Sochi. For me the case is closed”.

 

Spanish Grand Prix – A “corrida” for tyres

Posted: 10.05.2016
Source: Ferrari

Vettel and Ioverno: “A look at the tyre factor in Spain”

Maranello, 10 May – The Spanish GP is the fifth round on the Formula 1 calendar and for several years it has signaled the start of the now rather short season of races held on the Old Continent. There is unanimity of opinion on the Catalan track between Sebastian Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari’s Race Team Manager Diego Ioverno. Here, on the eve of the Grand Prix, they take a look at what the weekend has in store. For Sebastian “Barcelona is a very good indication of where you are with the car. We can see a good reference where we stand, therefore it is incredibly important to get all the details right because you know that track so well. It is very important to get everything together to be able to perform high.” This circuit is particularly demanding on the tyre front. “You have a lot of corners, high-speed corners, low-speed corners, quick changes of direction, slow chicanes, a lot of traction requires from the car, from the tires. It is a big stress, therefore it is very important to look after tires.” Diego Ioverno agrees with that assessment as he looks at the topic from an organizational point of view: “The Spanish GP has been the first race in the calendar in which we can move cars and materials on wheels, rather than flying them and this obviously gives us several opportunities. First of all, we can prepare the cars in the factory and we can also use our own facilities at the circuit, such as offices on the track and the hospitality, with all the pros of having known tools and the possibility to give to our guests a better accommodation.” The circuit is particularly well known to those who work in Formula 1. “Barcelona circuit is well known by all the teams, because we run there also the preseason tests. It’s really demanding for tires, there we are going to see movement during the race because of different choices of strategies.”

 

 

Ferrari Land: The Scale Model is Unveiled at Montmelò Circuit

Posted: 12.05.2016
Source: Ferrari

In the lead up to the Spanish Grand Prix, Ferrari reveals detailed plans for its theme park

Thursday, May 12 2016 (Montmelò, Spain) – One year after the first stone was laid, Ferrari unveiled a scale model of the Ferrari Land theme park, illustrating all attractions. The highly anticipated opening of the theme park at PortAventura World is scheduled for 2017. PortaAventura estimates that thanks to the draw of the Ferrari brand, its visitors will reach 5 million a year (up from the current 4 million people who visits the PortAventura World annually).
Maurizio Arrivabene, Managing Director, Ferrari Gestione Sportiva and Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal, attended the presentation at the Montmelò circuit as he also laid the first stone at the park last year.

Marc Gené, Scuderia Ferrari development driver, showed an exclusive video of the construction site he visited last week during the placement of the first Ferrari racing shield. The gigantic shield was positioned at the front of what will surely become one of the most iconic attractions of the park: the vertical accelerator, which will be Europe’s tallest roller coaster.


 

 

Ferrari GTC4Lusso Far East Premiere

Posted: 12.05.2016
Source: Ferrari

Ferrari’s Revolutionary New Four-Seater Unveiled in Japan

Tokyo, May 12, 2016 – Ferrari’s latest four-seater model, the “Ferrari GTC4 Lusso” made its debut for the first time in Far East at a special launch event in Tokyo from May 10th through 12th.

Lusso means “luxury” in Italian and with a revolutionary new handling system that combines 4-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-steering, the GTC4 Lusso is the best in class across all performance standards.

This highly acclaimed new car was unveiled in a venue decorated to resemble an Italian palazzo with a breathtaking aerial acrobatic performance that wowed the around 200 guests invited to this exclusive occasion.

At the entrance to the party were displayed two classic Ferraris. A 330GTC (1966) and a 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso (1963) reminded attendees of Ferrari’s long history of GT models, and the name GTC4Lusso references these legendary four-seater predecessors.

The model’s exclusive 4RM-S system (four-wheel-drive with four-wheel-steering) delivers in sublime performance in any driving conditions, from snowy mountains to city streets. Besides this astounding performance, the GTC4 Lusso with innovative shooting brake design is rated most highly for its versatility and sporty elegance, which make it a Ferrari that can be driven anywhere, anytime.

CEO of Ferrari Far and Middle East Hub, Dieter Knechtel commented: “We are very happy to hold the GTC4 Lusso Far East premiere here in Tokyo. Japan is an important market, and this year also marks our 50th anniversary here. The GTC4Lusso is the only GT car which has this exceptional level of performance, and with its remarkable versatility I am confident it will be extremely popular here, as it is proving to be in other similarly sophisticated markets.”

 

His Royal Highness The Prince Edward visits Ferrari

Posted: 11.05.2016
Source: Ferrari

A special evening at the MEF in support of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Modena, 11 May – The Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena provided the backdrop for a very special evening yesterday that saw Ferrari chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne meet with His Royal Highness Prince Edward KG GCVO and other representatives of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a charity that is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.

The event was also attended by John Surtees CBE, World Champion with Ferrari in 1964, representing the Henry Surtees Foundation, which assists people with brain or physical injuries caused by accident to return to community living.

To highlight Ferrari’s strong commitment to social issues, Mr Marchionne presented the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with a section of the rear wing of the 2013 F138, the last naturally-aspirated single-seater built by the Prancing Horse. The component was also autographed for the occasion by the Scuderia’s two drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen.

Co-hosting the visit were Mayor Gian Carlo Muzzarelli representing the city of Modena and, of course, Deputy Chairman Piero Ferrari representing the Prancing Horse.

In the course of the day, Prince Edward had also toured the factory and was clearly delighted both by the cars in the Classiche department and those in the current range. He also tried out several Ferraris on both track and road.

 

A virtual visit to the Ferrari Museum

Posted: 12.05.2016
Source: Ferrari

How about paying a first visit to the Ferrari Museum without leaving your hometown, maybe on the other side of the world? You can now do this! Google’s Street View technology, which gives 360-degree online panoramic views of some of the world’s most famous places, has been used to digitalise a walking tour of the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena and the Ferrari Museum of Maranello.

The end result is a true virtual tour allowing fans to familiarise themselves with the two Prancing Horse museums, viewing the temporary exhibition “Genius and Secrets” at the Ferrari Maranello Museum, in addition to the “Engine Museum” and ‘”Ferrari’s homage to Pavarotti” at the Enzo Ferrari Museum of Modena, which today saw the mounting of the exhibition “Red Carpet”, about Ferrari cars starring in the movies.

The images of the Ferrari Museum on Google Street View are accessible to everyone at www.google.com/maps devices simply by typing “Ferrari Museum”. Google has gathered a number of them in a dedicated gallery, which can also be viewed through the Street View App.

This is a unique opportunity to discover the Ferrari Museum and immerse yourself in exhibition spaces, which evolve continually year round to give visitors the opportunity to experience and discover every aspect of the myth of the Prancing Horse.

All of which is a precursor to a personal visit, of course.

 

Circuit Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit
Date 17.04.2016
Laps 194
Distance 1.144,794 km / 711,494 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
51 Gianmaria Bruni
James Calado
488 GTE

AF Corse
18. overall / 2. in class LMGTE PRO
71
Davide Rigon
Sam Bird
488 GTE

AF Corse
17. overall / 1. in class LMGTE PRO
83 Francois Perrodo
Emmanuel Collard
Rui Aguas
458 Italia GT2
AF Corse 22. overall / 1. in class LMGTE AM

 

WEC – Triumph for the 488 GTE on its debut at Silverstone

Posted: 17.04.2016
Source: Ferrari

Silverstone, 17 April – Ferrari could not have started the 2016 season of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) any better. The new 488 GTE won its début race with Davie Rigon and Sam Bird, while Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni and James Calado finished in second place thanks to their skill, the performance of the new car, but also the bad luck and strategic mistakes of their competitors. Perfect start also for the 458 Italia which competed in the GTE-Am class with François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard, and Rui Aguas, getting their second win in the WEC.

GTE-Pro. In GTE-Pro class, the race started with Rigon leaping out from the pole on car No. 71, and Bruni, on car 51, facing a comeback after a technical issue during qualifying relegated him to the back of the grid. Rigon started to increase his lead on the pack, while Bruni climbed to 4th place. At that point, the race director called him back to the pits to wait out the stop&go required to change the engine. The first two hours of the race went by without problems and, also thanks to an excellent stint by Sam Bird, car 71 gained precious seconds on the Porsche 77, which was a constant threat until a suspension failure put it out of contention. At the turn of the third hour, Rigon on car 71 was ahead to the Aston Martin 95, the two Ford, and Bruni’s 488 GTE. Shortly after, Nakajima’s Toyota spread much debris on the track, forcing the race director to call in the safety car. Bruni’s car No. 51 benefited largely from this and made up without difficulty the one minute gap that separated it from the Fords. After the pit stop, Calado came close to the American cars and overtook them, even too easily. On the final part, Bruni decided not to change tyres and was thus able to come out ahead of the Aston Martin 95 at the last pit stop. This is the first WEC win for Davide Rigon, while for Sam Bird it is the first with Ferrari.

GTE-Am. In class GTE-Am, the 458 Italia of AF Corse team driven by Emmanuel Collard, François Perrodo and Rui Aguas (the only Ferrari in the field) was the star of the race. Collard completed some excellent stints that took the car into the lead, immediately starting a struggle with the Porsche number 88 of Al Qubaisi-Heinemeier Hansson-Bachler. In the final part, the strategy chosen by the AF Corse team combined with the withdrawal of the Porsche resulted in the best possible start the season for the trio. The next race is scheduled at Spa-Francorchamps for 7 May, and will be the last one before the 24 Hours of Le Mans scheduled in June.

 

WEC – Bird and Rigon lead the pack at Silverstone on the Ferrari 488 GTE

Posted: 16.04.2016
Source: Ferrari

Silverstone, 16 April – Two sides qualifying for the new 488 GTE which captured the pole position in its début race with Sam Bird and Davide Rigon on AF Corse car No. 71, while crew number 51 of Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni and James Calado will start from the back of the grid due to a technical problem. Difficult session for the 458 Italia number 83 of AF Corse, competing in the GTE-Am class, which qualified in fifth place. It should be noted that driving rain and even snow falling on the track characterised the morning free practice, skipped by almost all racers.

GTE-Pro. In GTE-Pro class, James Calado and Davide Rigon, who last year were teammates on the 458 Italia number 71, took the first shift on cars 51 and 71 respectively. James clocked 2’11”764 in the first lap and then lowered the time to 2’11”589 on the following lap. Davide started out more cautiously, at 2’12”991, but chipped away over a second on the next lap: 2’11”900. The two cars then came into the box to change drivers: Bruni took the controls of the 488 GTE number 51, while Rigon passed the wheel to Bird. The English driver, in his first race on wet surface with a GT car, clocked 2’12”981 and was unable to improve on it. However the resulting overall time of 2’12”440 was enough for first place. On the other side of the garage “Gimmi” on car number 51, experienced a technical problem, which is yet to be analysed, but which led the team to call the car back to the box as a precaution. As Bruni did not record a qualifying time, car number 51 will start from the back of the grid.

GTE-Am. In GTE-Am class, the 458 Italia of AF Corse team driven by Emmanuel Collard, François Perrodo and Rui Aguas (the only Ferrari in the field) did not have an easy session. Collard went off the wet track immediately at turn number 4 and had to go back to the box to have the car checked. Later the crew was found to have exceeded the speed limit in the pit lane and its final overall time was therefore set at 2’20”131, which put the car in fifth place on the grid. The 6 Hours of Silverstone, first race of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), will start at 12 local time (1 p.m. CET).

 

WEC – A day at the office with Sam Bird

Posted: 15.04.2016
Source: Ferrari

Silverstone, 15 April 2016 – Sam Bird invite us to his new very fast office, the cockpit of his all-new Ferrari 488 GTE, ahead of Round 1 of the FIA WEC, World Endurance Championship in Silverstone. Sam takes viewers inside the car as he describe the features of the new turbo engined Prancing Horse car.

European debut. The Ferrari 488 GTE will make its European competition debut in Silverstone this weekend, with two cars courtesy of AF Corse team. Sam will drive the no. 71 car along with Davide Rigon.

Eight more races. There are two free practice sessions scheduled for Friday at 12:15 and 16.30, while qualifying will be on Saturday with the 6 Hours of Silverstone to start at noon on Sunday. Eight more races will follow this season, with the third round of the year being the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the most important race of the season.

 

WEC – “All set for the European debut of the 488 GTE”

Posted: 13.04.2016
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 13 April – This weekend marks the start of the 2016 World Endurance Championship (WEC), which sees the European debut of the Ferrari 488 GTE. The season includes nine events with the 24 Hours of Le Mans in mid-June obviously the most important.

Tighter battles. The Head of Ferrari Attività Sportive GT, Antonello Coletta, gave his take on the season: “2016 is very important for us. The Silverstone race will see the European debut of the 488 GTE, the brand new turbo engine car, and our aim is to do well right from the start. We would like to begin the championship like last year, with a victory, even though we hope above all to conclude it differently with a title win.” The WEC has a new manufacturer in the GTE-Pro class so we can now expect even tighter battles: “It’s good for the championship, and for us, because it will give added value to our results.”

Italo-British crews. There will be four official Ferrari drivers, once again under the banner of the AF Corse team. Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni needed a new teammate given that Toni Vilander is moving to America to race the 488 GTE of Risi Competizione along with Giancarlo Fisichella: “James Calado has joined the legendary crew of car no. 51 after two extremely positive seasons, especially the last, and we expect a lot from him.” This has also meant a change for car no. 71: “Here we have a new entry, the 2015 LMP2 class world champion Sam Bird, an official Ferrari driver for the first time, even though he competed for Maranello on two previous occasions in 2014 in the car of a Gentleman driver. Sam will team up with Davide Rigon.” The 6 Hours of Silverstone will start on Sunday at 1 pm CET (12 pm BST).

 

 

The Ferrari Tribute to Targa Florio has begun

Posted: 05.05.2016
Source: Ferrari

Over 50 of the Prancing Horse’s vehicles are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the race

Palermo, 5 May – The Ferrari Tribute to Targa Florio was officially opened with a starting ceremony in Piazza Giuseppe Verdi. Over 50 of Ferrari’s vehicles will ride along the streets of Sicily ahead of the Targa Florio Classic, a competition generally reserved to vehicles of particular historical and sporting prestige. Models that captured the attention of an enthusiastic audience in Palermo included: LaFerrari, the F12dtf and more than one California T.

It’s an event within the event for the 100th edition of the Targa Florio. The caravan of Ferraris will leave from, and return to, Palermo over the next three days. They will work their way to Cefalù, pass through Parco delle Madonie and journey to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, ultimately facing the Sicilian streets that make up the Circuito delle Madonie along the famous Floriopoli – Cerda segment.

The Official Ferrari Magazine will feature a special article on Monday, complete with photographs and video, for those who wish to relive the excitement of the 2016 edition of the Ferrari Tribute to Targa Florio.

 

Circuit Spa-Francorchamps
Date 07.05.2016
Laps 160
Distance 1.120,624 km / 696,472 miles
No Driver Ferrari S/N Team Result
51 Gianmaria Bruni
James Calado
488 GTE

AF Corse
retired
71
Davide Rigon
Sam Bird
488 GTE

AF Corse
14. overall / 1. in class LMGTE PRO
83 Francois Perrodo
Emmanuel Collard
Rui Aguas
458 Italia GT2
AF Corse 20. overall / 2. in class LMGTE AM

 

WEC – Bird, Rigon and the 488 GTE win at Spa-Francorchamps

Posted: 07.05.2016
Source: Ferrari

Francorchamps, 7 May 2016 – Second success in a row for the No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE of Sam Bird e Davide Rigon, winners of the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, second round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), the last race before the 24 Hours of Le Mans scheduled for mid-June. Bad luck for car No. 51, of Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni and James Calado, that was stopped by a technical issue while leading with only ten minutes remaining in the race. It was a tricky afternoon also for the 458 Italia of François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas, racing in the GTE-Am class. The car was penalised with two drive-throughs but still finished second.

GTE-Pro. In the GTE-Pro class the race kicked off with Bird in car no. 71 starting from pole and Bruni in no. 51 beside him. The Italian made a better start to take first place but Bird initially kept pace with Bruni. Then, partly because of the traffic, Sam went wide at Pouhon corner and lost a total of eight seconds. The first pit stop with driver change took place under Full Course Yellow, with all cars restricted to 80 km/h following a frightening but thankfully harmless accident for Aston Martin’s Nicki Thiim, while an episode at the second stop seemed to be the key of the race. Debris on the track again called for a Full Course Yellow and both cars returned for their pit stops. But while Calado handed over to Bruni under the yellow flag, Rigon swapped with Bird when the race was back under the green flag. As a result no. 71 found itself almost 30 seconds behind no. 51. Then, with only ten minutes remaining in the race, a technical issue hit the 51 car obliging James Calado to retire in the garage. Bird and Rigon won in front of the Ford of Franchitti-Priaulx-Tinknell and the Aston Martin of Rees-Adam-Stanaway.

GTE-Am. The only Ferrari in the GTE-Am class, the AF Corse No. 83 458 Italia of Emmanuel Collard, François Perrodo and Rui Aguas, had a difficult afternoon but secured an important second place for the championship. The winner was the Aston Martin of Lamy-Lauda-Dalla Lana but the drivers of car no. 83 received two drive-through penalties for exceeding track limits. Without those they would have been in with a chance of victory. The overall race was won by the Audi of Jarvis-Di Grassi-Duval. The next meeting is the most anticipated, the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 18-19 June.

 

WEC – Ferrari 488 GTE monopolises the front row at Spa

Posted: 06.05.2016
Source: Ferrari

Francorchamps, 6 May – The Ferrari 488 GTE monopolised the front row in the GTE-Pro class in qualifying for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, which starts on Saturday at 2.30 pm. The crew of car no. 71 AF Corse, Sam Bird and Davide Rigon, took a second consecutive pole, just over three tenths of a second ahead of teammates Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni and James Calado in car no. 51. The 458 Italia AF Corse of François Perrodo, Rui Aguas and Emmanuel Collard, came second in the GTE-Am class.

GTE-Pro. In the GTE-Pro class James Calado started the session in no. 51 and Davide Rigon in no. 71. On his first pass Davide stopped the clock at 2:17:878, which he cut to 2:17:632 on the second. James completed three laps, constantly improving with, in sequence, 2:18:819, 2:18:247 and 2:18:087. Sam Bird in no. 71 only managed 2:18:137 on his first attempt but cut that to 2:17:813 on his second and finally 2:17:657. Car no. 71 thus recorded a combined time of 2:17:644, a time that not even Bruni in the 488 GTE no. 51 could beat over three laps he recorded 2:18:495, 2:18:119 and finally 2:17:835, making a total lap time of 2:17:971. This however secured second ahead of the Aston Martin of Stanaway-Rees-Adam.

GTE-Am. The only Ferrari in the GTE-Am class, the 458 Italia AF Corse of Emmanuel Collard, François Perrodo and Rui Aguas, had a very positive session. Aguas and Perrodo took to the track with the Portuguese initially stopping the clock at 2:20:641, which he improved to 2:19:784 on his second lap. Meanwhile, Perrodo started with 2:22:547 before knocking a split second off that with 2:21:545 next time round. In the end the Ferrari no. 83 came second to the Aston Martin of Lamy-Lauda-Dalla Lana, but it will be a long race and the fight for first is wide open.

 

WEC – Ferrari fields three cars at Spa-Francorchamps

Posted: 05.05.2016
Source: Ferrari

Spa, 5 May – The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will be held on Saturday; it is the second of the nine events that make up the World Endurance Championship (WEC); it is also the last race before the 24 Hours of Le Mans scheduled for mid-June. Ferrari will field three cars, all under the colours of the AF Corse team.

GET-Pro. The usual pair of 488 GTE will compete in the GTE class. Davide Rigon and Sam Bird, winners of the first race of the seasons at Silverstone will be in car number 71, while James Calado and Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni will alternate at the wheel of car number 51. These two cars started the season with a one-two finish, but there is reason to believe that the challenge will be much stiffer on the Ardennes track. At Silverstone, Porsche kept a very fast pace before pulling out, while Aston Martin, last year’s winner here, and Ford will certainly improve, as the American constructor is galvanised by its win in the Imsa race of Laguna Seca.

GET-Am. In GTE-Am class, Emmanuel Collard, François Perrodo, and Rui Aguas will attempt to duplicate their perfect race at Silverstone, although there is no shortage of competition in this class. If first place eludes the 458 Italia number 83, it will be important for the three drivers to climb the podium and score points, as championships are won also with consistent results. The race will be held on Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. start and finish at nightfall at 8:30 p.m.

Previously. The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is very special to all drivers, teams and constructors. But Ferrari and the Ardennes track have a genuinely special relationship. It was at the 24 Hours of Spa on July 9 1932, in fact, that the Prancing Horse made its debut on Enzo Ferrari’s Alfa Romeos. The emblem inherited from Francesco Baracca brought instant good luck as the race was dominated by the Scuderia Ferrari’s 8C 2300 MMs. In fact, Antonio Brivio and Eugenio Siena were first across the line ahead of the car of their team-mates, Piero Taruffi and Guido d’Ippolito. In the intervening years, the Ferrari name and badge has taken the top step on the Belgian podium over eight times. The first actual Ferrari car to win at Spa was a 166 MM entered and driven by Luigi Chinetti who had Jean Lucas as his co-driver, in the 1949 24 Hours. The last Prancing Horse victory came as recently as 2015 courtesy of the AF Corse 458 Italia driven by Pasin Lathouras and Michele Rugolo who won the race valid for the International GT Open Championship.

 

 

Ferrari Challenge Europe – Grossmann and Smeeth win again, 3 out of 4 for Loefflad

Posted: 01.05.2016
Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 1 May 2016 – Thomas Loefflad, Bjorn Grossmann and Sam Smeeth dominated the second day of Round 2 of the Ferrari Challenge Europe in the beautiful setting of Mugello.

Coppa Shell. The Coppa Shell opened the programme again on Sunday, rewarding the fans with a thrilling show. At the start championship leader Thomas Loefflad (StileF Squadra Corse) overtook poleman Tani Hanna (Motor Service), while Erich Prinoth slipped past two cars on the outside at turn 1 to begin a wonderful comeback after a difficult qualifying session. The Safety Car came on the track a little later when Murat Ruhi Cuhadaroglu was involved in a frightening accident. Luckily the 458 Challenge EVO is a very safe car and so the Turkish Kessel Racing driver escaped with just a scare. The race resumed 16 minutes from the end with Loefflad opening the gap on Hanna at the restart. Prinoth overtook Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing) and then Jean-Claude Saada (Rossocorsa). Then three laps later Leonardo Baccarelli (CDP) had to make way for the Ineco-MP Racing driver who secured a podium finish. Behind him, Scheltema and Saada clashed with the Dutchman suffering a drive-through penalty. This was Loefflad’s third victory in four races in front of Hanna and Prinoth, the latter winner of the Gentlemen’s Cup. Corinna Gostner earned her second consecutive win in the Ladies Cup.

Trofeo Pirelli. In the afternoon Race-2 of the Trofeo Pirelli was quite a show right from the start. The leaders turned the first corner unscathed with Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126) ahead of Philipp Baron and Marcello Puglisi (both Rossocorsa) while John Farano span on the track after a contact eith another car spreading panic among the group. Andrea Benenati hit a barrier to avoid the Canadian and had to retire. Grossmann opened a gap over the rivals lapping in 1:54:032 gradually pulling away from championship leader Baron who in turn kept Puglisi well under control. The trio finished in that order while Alessandro Vezzoni (Rossocorsa Pellin-Racing) came fourth, his best result of the season.

Pirelli Am. Sam Smeeth again totally dominated the Trofeo Pirelli Am. No one threatened the Stratstone Ferrari team driver, while Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa) came second after fighting with Andreas Segler (StileF Squadra Corse) for a few laps. Then the German made a mistake and ended up at the back, clearing the way first for Peter Knoflach (Kessel Racing) and then Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa) for the last podium step. The Italian handled his 458 Challenge EVO well over the final laps, holding off John Farano who mounted a great comeback after his problem at the start.

 

Ferrari Challenge Europe – Prinoth, Grossmann and Smeeth win at Mugello

Posted: 30.04.2016
Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 30 April 2016 – Erich Prinoth, Bjorn Grossmann and Sam Smeeth dominated the first day of the Round 2 of the Ferrari Challenge Europe in the beautiful setting of Mugello.

Coppa Shell. The Coppa Shell kicked off Saturday’s programme with a number of exciting duels. Erich Prinoth kept the lead at the start in front of Thomas Loefflad (StileF Squadra Corse) while Tani Hanna (Motor Service) took third ahead of Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing), Jean-Claude Saada (Rossocorsa) and Eric Cheung (Motor Service). Loefflad attempted to overtake the Ineco MP-Racing team driver and recorded the fastest lap but the Italian countered his attacks, beating the German who had an eye on the championship notching up 15 important points to consolidate his lead in the standings. Third place saw a big fight between Hanna and Scheltema who managed to overtake on lap 7. Soon the Lebanese Motor Service driver also found himself under pressure from Saada. The US driver attacked the first corner and clipped Hanna, putting him out of the race. In the closing laps Saada caught up with Scheltema but failed to pull past him. Cheung took fifth in his 100th race in the 458 Challenge. Prinoth also won the Gentlemen’s Cup while the victory in the Ladies Cup went to Corinna Gostner (Ineco MP-Racing).

Trofeo Pirelli. Race-1 of the Trofeo Pirelli in the afternoon was quite a show. At the start Philipp Baron (Rossocorsa) promptly jumped ahead of his teammate Marcello Puglisi to slip into the first corner behind Bjorn Grossmann. The pair locked horns in the early laps although the Octane 126 driver put in the fastest lap to extend his lead by a few metres. Lap 10 provided an unexpected twist, with Baron suffering technical trouble that compromised the performance of his 458 Challenge EVO forcing him to give way to Puglisi. David Gostner, a little behind, realised that a podium finish was possible. The Ineco-MP Racing driver pushed and caught Baron but lost time running out into the gravel. He managed to overtake on the final lap but with the 4th place the Austrian retained his championship lead. Alessandro Vezzoni (Rossocorsa Pellin-Racing) and Jan Danis were involved in a fight for 5th which led to an accident with the Slovak Scuderia Praha coming off worst.

Pirelli Am. The Trofeo Pirelli Am race was more straightforward. Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari) set off quickest from pole to extend his lead over John Farano, while Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa) and Giuseppe Ramelli (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing) came into contact and put themselves out of the running. Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa) took third. The races will be held at the same times on Sunday, with the Coppa Shell at 12:35 pm and the Trofeo Pirelli at 3:20 pm.

 

Ferrari Challenge Europe – Claudio Schiavoni introduces Mugello

Posted: 29.04.2016
Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 29 April – Claudio Schiavoni tells us about the Mugello Circuit, a wonderful track owned by Ferrari. The track features some of the most iconic turns in motorsport such as the San Donato, the Bucine and the Arrabbiatas and it is here that drivers will seek precious championship points in this weekend’s two Ferrari Challenge Europe’s races. Schiavoni is one of the season’s rookie, driving the Scuderia Niki’s 458 Challenge EVO. However he already drove on this circuit at the beginning of the week on the incredible FXX K, the latest car of the exclusive Ferrari XX Programmes.

 

Ferrari Challenge Europe – Baron and Smeeth seek another win at Mugello

Posted: 29.04.2016
Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 29 April 2016 – The Ferrari Challenge Europe is back on track at Mugello for the second and final Italian round. Forty-one cars will compete in three classes: Trofeo Pirelli, Pirelli Am and Coppa Shell.

Trofeo Pirelli. In the first of the two Pirelli classes the favourite is Austria’s Philipp Baron, winner of one of the two races at Monza. The Rossocorsa team driver’s toughest challengers will be David Gostner (Ineco MP Racing) and European champion Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126), who suffered a puncture at Monza but is always very fast.

Pirelli Am. Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari) will lead the pack in the Pirelli Am. The British driver won at Monza along with Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa). Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa) and Andreas Segler (StileF Racing Team) are also in with a chance. As usual there are two Trofeo Pirelli races on the programme, both starting at 12.30 pm.

 

Ferrari Challenge Europe – Loefflad targets third consecutive win at Mugello

Posted: 29.04.2016
Source: Ferrari

Scarperia, 29 April 2016 – The third and fourth round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe’s Coppa Shell division takes place this Saturday and Sunday. Starting with the favourites, we have German Thomas Loefflad who dominated both races at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. His closest rivals is the experienced Fons Scheltema, who also leads the Gentlemen’s Cup.

100 races. The Mugello weekend also marks Eric Cheung’s 100th race at the wheel of the 458 Challenge. The Canadian driver, who just notched up a win in the APAC series in Abu Dhabi, hopes to celebrate the landmark at Mugello with another victory.

Ladies Cup. It’s all to play for in the Ladies Cup, with Manuela Gostner topping the standings ahead of Deborah Mayer and Corinna Gostner. As always Mugello will be a complex encounter, where the best talents will shine.

 

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