Great Atmosphere For The Ferrari Racing Days at Spa
The Ferrari Racing Days event at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) came to an end with the main day of action. On track were the F430 competing in the European Ferrari Challenge Pirelli Trophy and historic cars racing in the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge during the final races on the programme. One highlight of the day was the first demonstration runs in Europe for the FXX, the very high performance car, of which only 29 have been built, exclusively for track use. In addition, there were sessions of untimed laps for historic Maranello single-seaters run by the F1 Clienti department.
In the one-make series, the main class saw victory go to Ange Barde (Modena Cars Racing) in race-1, when the Frenchman crossed the finish line ahead of Frederic Bouvy (team Baron) and John Bosch (Barron Racing/Kroymans.) The other race ended with a win for Bouvy who beat Michael Cullen (Rossocorsa) and Ross Kaiser (Ferrari GB Dealer Team.)
Ettore Contini (Kessel Racing) took top honours in the first race for the gentlemen drivers in the Shell Cup, winning ahead of Francois Labhardt (Modena Motors) and Philippe Prette (Auto Palace/Star Rent Competition.) The finishing order in race-2 saw Labhardt take it from Prette and Contini respectively second and third. In the category for the 360 Modena, which are still allowed to compete for this year alongside the F430, both races were won by Bjorn Grossmann (Autohaus Gohm/G2 Racing.)
Spectacle and an atmosphere reminiscent of the past were on offer with the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge, the championship for historic Ferraris, which since 1999 has also admitted Maseratis.
Victories among the single-seaters in grid A went to the 1955 Maserati 250 F of Thomas Bscher, while the 1958 Maserati 450 S of the German driver was victorious in the grid-B races for sports prototypes and GT cars fitted with drum brakes. As for group C (cars with disc brakes,) the 1981 Ferrari 512 BB LM of Massimo Sordi came out the winner in both events.
The European Ferrari Challenge Pirelli Trophy will be back on track over the weekend of 9th July at Monza, running alongside the Italian series, while the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge has its fourth round of the season over the weekend of 30th July at Paul Ricard (France) again alongside the European one-make series.
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