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Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena – MEF – Timeless Masterpieces exhibition

Posted: 21.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

At MEF, the “Timeless Masterpieces” exhibition creates a dialogue between Ferrari cars and other icons of style

Maranello, 21 March 2019 – The Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena unveils a new exhibition, “Timeless Masterpieces”, with some of the most elegant cars in the history of the marque on display.

When selecting the models, the curators of this collection focused on gran turismo and sports models, both for their iconic value and for the important role they played in the stylistic revolution of the Ferrari brand, giving shape to the aesthetic vision of their respective eras and leaving their mark on the automotive industry and beyond.

The 166 Inter from 1948 and the 750 Monza from 1954 were chosen to open the exhibition, two seductive symbols of the post-war economic boom. The 250 California from 1957 continues this legendary series, followed by the 250 GTO from 1962 and the 365 GTS4 from 1969 to name just a few, as well as the more recent Ferrari California from 2008 and the GTC4Lusso from 2016. This extraordinary procession is brought to a close by the Ferrari Monza SP1, brought out last year, an innovative reinterpretation of the classic barchetta cars of the fifties and forerunner in a new concept of special limited series cars, known as ‘Icona’ (Icon). These models eloquently demonstrate how a car can become a universal and eternal symbol of beauty.

The cars are presented alongside other iconic products from a number of different sectors, drawing attention to the links between them, from furniture to electronics and architecture accompanied by legends of music and cinema, in a refined to-and-fro of cross-references and mutual influences.

A series of cases display objects, works of art and images of famous faces in chronological order, revealing unexpected associations and unusual couplings with Ferrari cars from the various eras. The exhibition serves as an invitation to view automotive design from a different perspective, as an expression of broader creative and cultural movements, with a streamlined style that has been growing and developing since the thirties, in search of the degree of customisation that distinguishes today’s luxury vehicle market.

“Timeless Masterpieces” establishes a dialogue between different worlds, helping visitors to understand how the various stylistic features and symbols of each era have developed, bringing the emotions that they have given us in the past to life once again.

 

Formula 1 2019 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Ferrari fourth and fifth in Australia

Posted: 17.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne, 17 March 2019 – It was a complicated Australian Grand Prix for Scuderia Ferrari, although it still managed to pick up 22 points that will be important for the championship, with both its SF90s seeing the checkered flag. However, the team had to accept that it was not in condition to fight for the podium positions. Sebastian Vettel finished fourth and Charles Leclerc, on his race debut with the Scuderia, was fifth.

Sebastian and Charles both got good starts, with Vettel able to get alongside Hamilton’s Mercedes. Leclerc got past Verstappen in the Red Bull but he was forced to put two wheels on the grass at the first corner and had to give back the position to the Dutchman.

In the early stages, Sebastian was able to keep a good pace, while Charles made a mistake on lap 8 and lost ground to Verstappen. On lap 14, Vettel pitted, switching from the Soft to the Medium tyres, while Leclerc stayed out until lap 28, when he fitted the Hard compound tyres.

In the second stint, the car on Medium tyres didn’t perform as expected and so Sebastian had to manage the rubber for the rest of the race. Charles could run a good pace and in the final stages closed on Vettel, but the team decided the drivers should hold position, given that the cars ahead were too far away and so an assault on the podium was unlikely. The next race takes place in Bahrain in a fortnight’s time.

Sebastian Vettel #5
quote “We were not happy with the car the whole weekend but today we struggled a lot. The reason I was so slow in the race was mostly due to the fact that the car could not find enough grip with the medium tyres that we fitted at the pit stop. As a team, we still got a decent amount of points from our fourth and fifth places, but this is not the result we were aiming for just a few weeks ago. So in the coming days, we will analyse the data in detail so as to be ready for the next race, which is not far away now. I’m sure that looking at all the information we have gathered here will give us a better understanding, but today, the result we got was the best we could do.”

Charles Leclerc #16
quote “I made a good start, to the extent that I managed to pass Verstappen and found myself alongside Sebastian, who was fighting a Mercedes. That meant I had to put my wheels on the grass at the exit of the first esses, which allowed Max to get in front of me again. At the start, the car was not so easy to drive and that led to me making a small mistake at the first corner, which cost me a handful of seconds. We decided to fit the hard tyres at the pit stop and, I have to say, that from then on, the car improved a lot and I was able to push. Towards the end, I closed on Sebastian, but the team decided to keep our positions, given that the top three places were not within our grasp today. Now, we will work with the engineers to try and understand why we were not as strong as we had hoped to be, even though we brought home a good points haul.”

Mattia Binotto Team Principal
quote “Right from Friday, we didn’t feel comfortable at this track. Even though we did a lot of work on set-up, we didn’t find the right balance and even our qualifying performance demonstrated that we were struggling to adapt to the Albert Park track. Then, in the race, in the first stint, we tried to keep up. Charles made a slight mistake, which meant he could not stay with the leaders. After his pit stop, Seb’s car never found the right grip level on the Medium tyres and so the driver was unable to attack those ahead of him. When he could no longer fend off Verstappen, we decided the most important thing was to get to the end, managing the tyres. When Charles caught up to him, it seemed wise not to take any risks. We leave Australia with a lot of data to analyse and we will use that to work out how to get back to our actual level of competitiveness for the race in Bahrain in two weeks time”.

 

Formula 1 2019 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Qualifying

Posted: 16.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Second and third row for Ferrari

Melbourne, 16 March 2019 – Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will start the Australian Grand Prix from the second and third row of the grid respectively. It was not the easiest of sessions for the Scuderia and it ended with Sebastian third fastest and Charles fifth. The race gets underway at 16h10 local time (06h10 CET.)

Q1. In the first part of qualifying, Vettel was the only driver to go through to the next part on Medium tyres in a time of 1’22”885. Leclerc did a 1’23”326 which led him to go for a set of Softs, producing a 1’22” 0217 to easily get through to the next part.

Q2. Only Softs were used and Sebastian posted a 1’21”912 and Charles a 1’21”739 which saw them comfortably make it to the final ten minutes to decide the top ten places on the grid.

Q3. In the final shoot-out, Sebastian soon posted a lap in 1’21”250, good enough for third place. The German managed to improve on his second run, getting down to 1’21”190. On his first run, Charles did a 1’21”442, which would be his best time, as the number 16 driver made a mistake at the wheel of his SF90 on his second run and had to settle for fifth on the grid.

Sebastian Vettel #5

“Starting tomorrow’s race from third is not too bad and the car is ok, even if it’s not exactly how we would like it and we are not as fast as we wanted to be. But we’ll start from there and see what we can bring home. This track is unique and conditions are different to what we experienced in testing. We have definitely improved the car overnight, but obviously not enough to be in front of everyone. In tomorrow’s race we’ll have time to understand the car further. We will race as hard as we can and see where that takes us. After all, we are just 16 metres behind pole position”.

Charles Leclerc #16

“I can’t say I’m happy with this qualifying result. After a good Q1 and a very good Q2, in Q3, especially on my second run, I made a few too many mistakes, especially in the first sector and I was unable to improve. I will try to learn from this and to prepare as well as possible for the race. As for the gap to our main competitors, I have to admit that maybe we had expected it to be smaller, even if this is an unusual track which often throws up a different order to what we can see on a more traditional track. On our side, I think there is still room to work on the car and the race is tomorrow and will be pretty long, so I am still aiming for a podium. I will definitely have to get a perfect start, because overtaking is far from easy here.”

Mattia Binotto, Team Principal

“We can’t say this was the result we were expecting, but we are well aware that Albert Park is not an ideal track for us, as its characteristics do not suit our car that well. Of course, we must improve, but we have gathered a great deal of information to identify the areas on which we must work. As usual, Seb showed that he knows how to use every centimetre of the track and Charles got through his first real test, a few little errors notwithstanding. Ahead of us, we have another 20 qualifying sessions and 21 races, so it’s a long game and we’re ready to play it.”

 

Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific – Opening round sees first victors in Max, Yamaguchi and Chen

Posted: 16.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne, 16 March 2019 – Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Asia Pacific Series first round Race 1 opened at the Formula One Australian Grand Prix under clear blue skies with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees Celsius. After a clean start, the race saw some fierce battles with a few contacts that led to the intervention of the safety car early on in the race.

Trofeo Pirelli AM. All 21 drivers on the grid found the practice sessions on Thursday to be extremely important in helping them understand the street circuit with its fast and flowing course combined with extensive runoff in many corners. Although the track is not easy for overtaking, this didn’t stop Kazuyuki Yamaguchi (Cornes Osaka) from passing pole sitter Philippe Prette (Blackbird Concessionaires HK) and James Weiland (Ferrari of Cincinnati) at the start despite being from the Shell class. An incident in the middle of the pack with car 113 of Makoto Fujiwara (Cornes Tokyo) at Turn 3 brought out the safety car during lap 2 which tightened up the field. The race restarted after lap 5 and Weiland pushed hard to overtake Yamaguchi for the lead. However, he was unlucky when he had to retire off the track and could not finish the race. Go Max (M Auto Hiroshima) and Prette fought hard for the win during the remaining 5 laps but a contact between them resulted in Prette dropping three positions. Max triumphed in the end and Hector Lester (Zagame Melbourne) took the second spot. Prette managed to recover and came in third.

Coppa Shell. It was a fantastic race by Yamaguchi as he was unstoppable. There was a fierce battle between him and Weiland after the race restarted but the Japanese driver managed to keep his lead after Weiland ran into problems. Thereafter he lead the field and maintained his position right till the end. He was also the overall winner of the race. In second and third positions were David Pun and Michael Choi respective, both representing Blackbird Concessionaires HK.

Coppa Shell AM. Coppa Shell AM class had Kent Chen (Modena Motori Taiwan) as the first place finisher, followed by Baby Kei (Cornes Osaka). In third place was Min Xiao (CTF Beijing) from China. It was a comfortable win for Chen, who had a five second lead over his nearest rival Kei, while Kei faced fierce pressure from Xiao who was only two seconds behind.  YanSheng Liang (CTF Beijing) was the winner of the Gentlemen Cup while Kanthicha Chimsiri (Cavallino Motors Bangkok) took the Ladies’ Cup.

Schedule. Track action for Race 2 of the Ferrari Challenge weekend at Albert Park continues tomorrow at 10.35AM local time.

 

Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific – Grid positions confirmed after qualifying sessions in Melbourne

Posted: 15.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne (Australia), 15th March – Both qualifying sessions took place under perfect weather conditions yesterday and today, with warm sunshine and cool temperatures.  All the technicians, engineers and drivers were excited to start their races and took much care in preparing their cars for both sessions.  The practice sessions on Wednesday helped them get acquainted with the track.

Qualifying 1. Philippe Prette from Italy, the 2018 Asia Pacific Champion, was determined to make an early impact in the 2019 championship series.  His focus was rewarded in an solid performance that saw him claim pole position following an exciting and aggressive battle early in the race with James Weiland from USA and Go Max from Japan.  It was a close battle as less than a second separate leader Prette, Weiland and Max.  However Weiland had a five grid place penalty and will be starting in 7th position overall.  In the Shell class, battle for pole was equally tight amongst the top three frontrunners.  Japanese Kazuyuki Yamaguchi had to find his extra gear to stay ahead of his close rivals Vincent Wong of Hong Kong and Yanbin Xing of China, but managed to take pole position in his class at the end.  In Coppa Shell AM class, Kent Chen of Chinese Taipei was racing along in first position for much of the session as close action took place between Jay Park of South Korea and Baby Kei of Japan.  Although Park managed to qualify ahead of Kei, he had to start from the back for Race 1 due to some contact with another fellow racer and Kei stepped up to second position.  Atsushi Iritani of Japan rounded up the top three positions.

Qualifying 2. Philippe Prette once again had a blistering qualifying round that allowed him to be in pole position for Race 2 on Sunday.  Hector Lester of Ireland managed to qualify ahead of James Weiland with less than half a second separating them.  The Irish man with previous experience at the Albert Park circuit will be the one to watch starting off the front row on Sunday.  In the Shell Class, Yanbin Xing had a good start and managed to keep pace till the end of the session to be in pole for his class.  Michael Choi from Hong Kong and fellow compatriot David Pun rounded up the other 2 positions.  In the Shell AM class, Jay Park after a less than perfect start in Qualifying 1, didn’t commit any mistake and stormed ahead to take his first pole for Sunday’s race, even finishing ahead of other more experienced drivers.  Atsushi Iritani and Xiao Min of China rounded up the 2nd and 3rd positions for race 2.

 

Ferrari Monza SP1 wins iF Gold Award

Posted: 15.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

The Ferrari Portofino, the 488 Pista and the SP38 win the iF Design Award

Maranello, 15 March 2019 – The Ferrari Monza SP1 received the most prestigious award at the iF Design Awards 2019 ceremony held in Munich today. In presenting the Gold Award, the jury praised the minimalist and elegant line of the forerunner in a new concept of cars, known as “Icona”, unveiled in a special limited Prancing Horse series.

The Ferrari Monza SP1, like the two-seater SP2, offers a reinterpretation of the 1950s ‘barchetta’ with a “classic perfection that also hints to the future”, as reported in the motivation for the award. The result is a single-seater road car that stands out because of its unique asymmetric layout, the ‘monolithic’ profile of the bodywork and the purity of its highly iconic design.

In Munich, Ferrari collected another three Design Awards for the Ferrari Portofino, the 488 Pista and the one-off SP38. These awards are further recognition of the continuous stylistic research carried out by Ferrari Styling Centre, which, in its car range as well as in the limited series and in the one-off programme, creates increasingly innovative design solutions combining aesthetics and technology.

The iF Design Award is one of the most important awards, synonymous for 66 years with design excellence.

 

Formula 1 2019 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Free practice

Posted: 15.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

A busy day

Melbourne, 15 March 2019 – It was a busy Friday for Scuderia Ferrari at the Albert Park circuit, which is hosting the first race of the 2019 Formula 1 season. During the three hours of free practice, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc carried out a full evaluation programme on their SF90s.

The drivers worked on set-up and tyres to check the handling of the car in much warmer conditions than those experienced at the Barcelona tests. Sebastian and Charles then ran with different fuel loads to simulate different phases of the race.

In the first session, both drivers did 18 laps: Vettel was second fastest in 1’23”637, fractionally quicker than Leclerc’s 1’23”673. In the second session, both men competed 35 laps; the German was fifth quickest in 1’23”473 and the Monegasque was ninth in 1’23”754.

The third and final free practice session takes place tomorrow afternoon at 14:00 local time (04:00 CET) with the first qualifying session of the year getting underway at 17:00 (07:00 CET.) The Australian Grand Prix starts on Sunday at 16h10 (06:10 CET.).

Sebastian Vettel #5

“It was fun today. Maybe we were not as fast as possibly we wanted to be and could have been, but it’s Friday, after all, so it doesn’t really matter. I am sure that by December 1st no one will remember how fast we were on March 15! I am still lacking a bit of confidence, it was a tricky day for us, as it probably was for everyone. We are not yet where we would like to be, not so much in terms of lap time but more in terms of car feel and handling. We didn’t really get into the groove and into the rhythm, which is quite important round here on such a bumpy but I think that tomorrow will be a better day and if we can get that confidence back, then there’s a lot of lap time in that. There were bits of the session that were really, really good and we can build on, so now it’s all about stringing it together and having a better day tomorrow. The night is long and our engineers are very smart. I am relaxed”.

Charles Leclerc #16

“It was definitely a busy day. We tried different tyres and types of set-up and I am very satisfied with some aspects. The first session was better than the second, maybe because the wind got up in the afternoon and we struggled a bit more to find the right reference points. Having spoken with the engineers, I believe that, nevertheless, we have understood where we have to improve and we will go in that direction. We have one more session in which we can put into practice the solutions that an analysis of the data suggests, in order to be ready for qualifying”.

Mattia Binotto, Team Principal

“For the first day of free practice of the season, the most important part of the programme was getting an understanding of the car and its behaviour so as to prepare it for Saturday and Sunday. The track is very bumpy and today, the wind was very strong, which was inconvenient. The drivers are still looking for the right feeling with the car here. Now we just have to work on the set-up and get ready for qualifying”.

 

FIA WEC – Third row for Ferrari in Sebring

Posted: 15.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

  • In GTE-Pro class Davide Rigon and Sam Bird on the 488 GTE no. 71 to start from 6th position, while world champions James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi on the no. 51 are 9th.
  • In GTE-Am Giancarlo Fisichella and Thomas Flohr placed the 488 GTE of Spirit of Race in 4th place. MR Racing starts seventh, Clearwater Racing is ninth

Sebring, 15 March 2019 – The 1000 Miles of Sebring qualifying session, valid to set the grid for the first 2019 Super Season World Endurance Championship race, was difficult for the Ferraris. The red flag was waved near the halfway mark of the session, due to an accident that involved the Clearwater Racing 488 GTE no. 61 driven by Luis Perez Companc, affecting the outcome for the two cars in the GTE-Pro class. The 488 GTE no. 71 will start from the sixth position on the grid, while the 51 from the ninth.

GTE-Pro. Alessandro Pier Guidi and Davide Rigon started the session and had to face with a track that was offering very low grip after the IMSA third free practice session. The world champion clocked 1:58.077 while Rigon set his best time in 1:57.464. The two Italian drivers handed over to the English teammates James Calado and Sam Bird. After the red flag, the two AF Corse Ferraris stopped the clock at 1:58.388 with Calado and 1:58.413 with Sam Bird. The combined average of times qualified the car no. 71 sixth on the grid (1:57.938), while the car no. 51 in ninth position (1:58.232). In the race, Daniel Serra will take the wheel with Pier Guidi and Calado, while Rigon and Bird will be paired with Miguel Molina. The fastest lap went to the Porsche no. 92 driven by Christensen-Estre.

GTE-Am. In the GTE-Am class, Spirit of Race no. 54 was the best of the Ferraris, with Giancarlo Fisichella (1:59.262) and Thomas Flohr (2:01.455) qualifying fourth with an overall time of 2:00.358. The MR Racing 488 GT3 no. 70 will set off from seventh with a time of 2:01.650, qualified by Olivier Beretta and Motoaki Ishikawa. Last spot on the grid for the third Ferrari taking part in the race, the Clearwater Racing no. 61 car. After the driver change, with Luis Perez Companc at the wheel, the car went off the track and against the barriers. Previously, his teammate Matthew Griffin set a best time of 1:59.396. For this race also, each crews will be reinforced by a third driver: on the no. 54 Francesco Castellacci will be behind the wheel, Matteo Cressoni on the no. 61 and Eddie Cheever III on the no. 71.

Race. The 1000 Miles of Sebring will start tomorrow at 4.00 pm local time.

Scuderia Ferrari pays tribute to Charlie Whiting

Posted: 14.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

The Formula 1 Race Director passed away in Melbourne

Melbourne, 14 March 2019 – The first weekend of this year’s World Championship was marred by a terrible tragedy. Last night, Charlie Whiting, the long time Formula 1 Race Director, passed away here in Melbourne. Scuderia Ferrari joins everyone else in the paddock in expressing its deep regret at the loss of one of the best loved figures in the sport.

This is Team Principal Mattia Binotto’s tribute: “Charlie was a true professional and extremely knowledgeable, but more than that, he was a wonderful person, who always treated everyone with respect. A tireless and enlightened motorsport expert, he helped make F1 safer and better. He set the benchmark for our sport, which is diminished by his passing and we have lost a friend. He will be greatly missed by everyone.”

 

FIA Statement – Charlie Whiting

Posted: 14.03.2019
Source: FIA

FIA Director of Formula One, Charlie Whiting, has sadly passed away this morning (14 March 2019), in Melbourne, aged 66, as the result of a pulmonary embolism, three days before the Australian Grand Prix which will open the F1 season. He began his F1 career in 1977 working at the Hesketh team, then in the 1980s at Brabham. He has been an integral part of the organisation of the FIA Formula One World Championship since he joined the Federation in 1988, and has been the Race Director since 1997.

FIA President Jean Todt said: “It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie’s sudden passing. I have known Charlie Whiting for many years and he has been a great Race Director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula One who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport. Formula 1 has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie. All my thoughts, those of the FIA and entire motor sport community go out to his family, friends, and all Formula One lovers.”.

 

Two exceptional champions for the Ferrari Monza SP1

Posted: 14.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Team Principal Mattia Binotto and Sebastian Vettel for the unveiling in Melbourne

Melbourne, 14th March 2019 – Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal and Managing Director and Sebastian Vettel unveil the Monza SP1 in the Ferrari Red Lounge, which dominates the fan zone, at the Albert Park track in Melbourne, the setting for the first race of the Formula 1 World Championship that starts in Australia on Sunday.

Technology and tradition. The Ferrari Monza SP1 is the forerunner in a new concept, known as “Icona”, the perfect meeting between advanced technology and extraordinary tradition that Ferrari alone can offer. In the Monza SP1, Ferrari reinterprets a timeless style in line with modern standards, with technologically advanced components and the highest performance resulting from continuous innovation.

Contemporary barchetta. The Ferrari Monza SP1, which recently won the “Most Beautiful Supercar of the Year” award at the International Automobile Festival in Paris, is inspired by the 1950s barchettas, which were driven to victory in international championships by many Scuderia Ferrrari drivers, and also by gentlemen drivers who often measured themselves against the legendary names of the era. It was a 166M barchetta that put the Ferrari name in the history books for the first time, winning both the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1949.

 

Formula 1 2019 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – “We are all hunters and all hunted”

Posted: 14.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Vettel and Leclerc met the media

Melbourne, 14 March 2019 – Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc met the media today in the paddock at Albert Park, the circuit which hosts the opening round of the 2019 season, the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. The German was one of the drivers on the panel in the official FIA press conference and the Monegasque driver spoke to journalists at Scuderia Ferrari’s hospitality unit.

Tribute to Whiting. The FIA Press Conference began with a tribute to Charlie Whiting, who passed away in Melbourne overnight. Sebastian said of him, “he was someone you could ask anything of at anytime. He was open to everyone at any time. His door was always open. He was a racer. He was just a very nice guy. I was shocked. I don’t think there’s that much to add. I think all our thoughts, the whole paddock, the whole circus, the whole family of Formula One, all our thoughts are with him and especially with his family in these difficult circumstances.”

Sebastian. Vettel said he is set for the new season: “We are more prepared than last year, our car seems to work fine but having said that, it is difficult to do better than last year as we won. Obviously this is the first race of the year and you’re normally a bit nervous as you don’t know exactly where you are. At this point I think we are all hunters and all hunted, but hopefully going away from here, I will be in the position of the hunted.”

Charles. Leclerc met the media late in the afternoon. He reiterated what he had said previously, prior to his Scuderia Ferrari debut. “Obviously, I can’t wait to get out on track to see where we really stand,” said the Monegasque driver. “As I said before, I don’t think I’ll let myself feel too excited about it, even if I am honoured to be driving a Ferrari. I am here to do well, I want to concentrate on myself and will work with the team to get the most out of the car.”

Free Practice. Tomorrow’s two free practice sessions start at 12:00 and 16:00 local time (02:00 and 06:00 CET.)

 

Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific – Kicks Off the Season in Melbourne, Australia

Posted: 14.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Melbourne, Australia, 14 March 2019 – Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Asia Pacific Series will take place on Australia’s iconic Albert Park Grand Prix circuit in Melbourne this weekend from 15th – 17th March 2019.

2019 Races. For the second year in a row, the semi-permanent circuit will be hosting the opening round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific (APAC) series. Now in its ninth year, the calendar for this championship is made up of six rounds, travelling to renowned racetracks including here in Melbourne at Albert Park, a night race in Sepang in April, Shanghai in May, Motegi in July, Fuji in August, Singapore in September, before finishing at Mugello in Italy for Finali Mondiali (World Finals), where the Asia Pacific race drivers will join drivers from the Europe and North America Series for the traditional end-of-season celebrations. The Australian and Singapore rounds are raced in support of the Formula 1 Grand Prix events.

Competitive Race Ahead. Clients and fans will once again see the Ferrari 488 Challenge car in action during the races. This season will be one of the most competitive with a field of champions from the 2018 series; Philippe Prette from Italy who was crowned the APAC champion in the Trofeo Pirelli AM class during the World Finals and David Dicker from Australia, APAC champion in Shell class, will definitely be fighting tooth and nail to defend their titles.

Three Classes. The Ferrari Challenge is open to Ferrari drivers from all over the world, who are divided into three classes; Trofeo Pirelli AM, Coppa Shell and Coppa Shell AM, split according to their experience and driving level. Amateur drivers will gather in Melbourne representing 12 nationalities, including Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Thailand and USA .

Schedule. Challenge drivers will undertake two rounds of practice sessions this week, and qualifying sessions taking place on Thursday and Friday, with the first race on Saturday 16th March at 10:45 AM local time and the second race on Sunday 17th March at 10:35 AM local time.

 

IMSA – Day of Practice Comes to an End

Posted: 14.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Sebring (Florida), 14 March 2019 – Scuderia Corsa opened its Sebring weekend with two practice sessions that showed the team to be in the thick of a very competitive GT-Daytona field.  With the leading cars lapping just above the 2:00 minute mark, the seventeen car field remain separated by only three seconds, indicating that team reliability and clean pit stops will be critical to success on Saturday.

Historically Strong. The combination of Scuderia Corsa along with drivers Cooper MacNeil, Jeff Westphal and Ferrari Factory driver Toni Vilander have combined for remarkable results at Sebring.  Since 2015, Scuderia Corsa has never finished off the podium at the 12hr classic, with a win coming in 2016 and consecutive 2nd place finishes in 2017 and 2018.  On the driver front, Cooper MacNeil has had the strongest Sebring history of any of his teammates, taking a podium in his first ever Sebring 12hr and a win in the following year.  He repeated that performance in 2018 in the 488 GT3.

Night Practice. In the utterly critical night practice session, the GT-Daytona field closed up to an unbelievably tight margin.  The first 14 cars in the category were separated by less than a second with the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari finishing in 8th position, only five tenths of a second off of the leader.  The night session has special significance for the IMSA field as it is the only practice session that will be held in the cooler conditions under which the race will end.

Weather on the Horizon. All of this practice may be for naught, however, as a rain system is forecasted to arrive in Florida.  Peak precipitation should arrive between 2pm and 6pm before tapering off for the end of the race at 10:30pm, local time.

Schedule. Friday’s schedule opens with practice at 8am, followed by qualifying for the GT-Daytona category at 9:55.  Racing action will begin on Saturday at 10:40am.  All times are stated in the local time, Eastern Daylight.

 

IMSA – First Free Practice Complete, 5th for Scuderia Corsa

Posted: 14.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Sebring (Florida), 14 March 2019 – With the first practice session held this morning at Sebring, the second round of the 2019 season has officially begun for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Super Sebring. For the first time ever, the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring will be raced alongside the World Endurance Championship.  The WEC series will run a 1,000 mile race on Friday evening, while the traditional 12 Hours of Sebring will run in its usual time slot, starting on Saturday morning.

Fifth place. The first timed tests took place under a beautiful sun with warm temperatures and without excessive humidity, while a medium-intensity wind continues to blow. Under these conditions the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3, headed by Cooper MacNeil, Toni Vilander and Jeff Westphal closed the session in fifth place.   The trio covered twenty-three laps with a best time of 2:01.593, placing them towards the front of a crowded GT-Daytona field.  The fastest at the end of the session were Farnbacher / Hindman / Marks in an Acura.

 

FIA WEC – Ferrari makes progress in second free practice session

Posted: 13.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Sebring (Florida),  13 March 2019 – The second free practice session at Sebring began after sunset. At least half the race will also be held in the dark. Again, the technicians and engineers sought to optimise performance ahead of the race, without focusing too much on the times. However, the Ferraris made significant progress in the standings from the first session.

Fine-tuning and pace.  In the LM GTE Pro class, the crew of car no. 51 set the fourth fastest time with good results also in terms of race pace. The trio of Pier Guidi, Calado and Serra covered 33 laps, with eight pit stops, further refining the set up and changing drivers. The 488 GTE Evo of Bird, Rigon and Molina were eighth fastest, improving the set-up of car no. 71 on the Sebring track. The Aston Martin of Alexander Lynn and Maxime Martin clocked the best time.

Progress in Am.  Ferrari crews once again finished among the leaders in the LM GTE AM class, at the end of the 90-minute second free practice session. Flohr, Castellacci, and Fisichella finished second for Spirit of Race after 37 laps, improving on the afternoon session. The 488 GTE no. 70 of Ishikawa, Beretta and Cheever III also completed 37 laps, finishing sixth in the standings, while the third Ferrari, the no. 61 of Clearwater Racing crewed by Perez Companc, Cressoni, and Griffin, closed the session in fourth, after 34 laps. The Porsche of Mainwright, Barker and Preining recorded the fastest lap.

The third free practice session is on Friday at 4.15 pm local time, while the qualifying session is scheduled for 9.30 pm.

 

FIA WEC – Team Ferrari at work in the first free practice session

Posted: 13.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Sebring (Florida),  13 March 2019 – In the first free practice session this morning at Sebring, the technicians and engineers focused, as usual, on preparing the car for the race. While there is a danger of rain on Friday, especially in the final stages, today the weather was excellent, with sunshine, high temperatures and a strong wind that was felt especially along the circuit’s long straights.

Set-up and uneven surface. A great deal of work went into the car set-up, to limit the effects of this track’s characteristic unevenness. The ninth and eleventh places in the LM GTE Pro class of car no. 51 of James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Daniel Serra and no. 71 with Sam Bird, Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina’s, are no cause for concern. The two 488 GTE Evos were among the cars that completed the most laps, 67 in the one hour and thirty-minute session. The Aston Martin of Alexander Lynn and Maxime Martin clocked the fastest time.

Competitive in AM. In the LM GTE Am class too, the teams devoted a lot of time and attention to fine-tuning the car, although in this case, the Ferraris ended up in the leading positions. The 488 GTE no. 61 of Clearwater Racing with Luis Perez Companc, Matteo Cressoni and Matthew Griffin closed the session in fourth place, while the no. 54 of Spirit of Race, driven by Giancarlo Fisichella, Francesco Castellacci and Thomas Flohr finished sixth. Then came the last of the Ferraris on track, the no. 70 of MR Racing, with Motoaki Ishikawa, Olivier Beretta and Edward Cheever III. The Aston Martin of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda was fastest at the end of the session.

 

Formula 1 2019 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – The Scuderia celebrates its 90th anniversary in Melbourne

Posted: 12.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 12 March – 2019 is a special year for Scuderia Ferrari, as it was 90 years ago, in 1929, that the company was established by Enzo Ferrari and his associates. The name of this year’s car, the SF90, is already a celebration of this anniversary and, on top of that, the Maranello marque has decided to honour this achievement in an even more evident manner in Melbourne. Over the Australian Grand Prix weekend, the SF90 livery, the drivers’ race suits and some of the team’s track equipment will bear the logo celebrating 90 years of the Scuderia.

In fact, the race in Melbourne represents the start of celebrations for this special anniversary, which will run throughout the Formula 1 season and also feature in the Prancing Horse company’s other racing activities. In May, the Ferrari Museum in Maranello will launch a special show dedicated to the anniversary, which will take visitors on a journey through the history of one of the most amazing institutions in the world of sport.

A bit of history. Scuderia Ferrari came into being on 16th November 1929 in the offices of the notary, Della Fontana of Modena, the company established as the Società Anonima Scuderia Ferrari, with its headquarters in via Trento and Trieste. It was approved by the courts on 29th November and from that moment on the company was effectively operational. The directors of the company were Alfredo and Augusto Caniato, Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Testi. Alfa Romeo and Pirelli were also involved.

The team made its debut in the 1930 Mille Miglia and its first win came in the Trieste-Opicina on 15th June that same year, courtesy of the great Tazio Nuvolari. Motorcycles also featured in the Scuderia’s history, from 1932 to 1934 and 1932 marked the first appearance of the Prancing Horse as part of the livery of the Alfa Romeos entered by Ferrari. The symbol came from the family of war hero Francesco Baracca, the horse set on a shield with a yellow background, representing the colour of the city of Modena. Its first win came in the Spa 24 Hours thanks to Antonio Brivio and Eugenio Siena.

Starting off racing Alfa Romeo cars and then, from 1947, with cars built in-house, Scuderia Ferrari became the most successful race team of all time, taking thousands of wins in some of the most important races in the world. In Formula 1 alone, it has taken 16 Constructors’ titles and 15 Drivers’. In the world of endurance racing, Ferrari has nine victories to its name in the Le Mans 24 Hours, two at Daytona and five FIA WEC titles and has even been successful in rallying.

 

Formula 1 2019 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Preview

Posted: 12.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

aranello – The 70th Formula 1 World Championship season is about to get underway at Australia’s Albert Park circuit, which has already hosted the first race of the year 21 times. The race on Sunday 17 March will be the 35th Australian Grand Prix, the 24th held in Melbourne, which became the venue after Adelaide had been the host city from 1985 to 1995.

Nine wins. Scuderia Ferrari has nine Australian wins to its name, the first courtesy of Gerhard Berger in Adelaide, in 1987 and the most recent, last year with Sebastian Vettel. In addition, Ferrari drivers have stood on the podium a further 16 times, with eight second places and the same number of thirds. Also on the results sheet, six pole positions and nine fastest race laps.

Three DRS zones. The track is 5.303 kilometres long with 16 corners and is tackled 58 times on Sunday. Because it is a street circuit, the track surface evolves considerably as the cars put down more rubber on the tarmac. There are three DRS zones.

Sebastian Vettel. “I feel Melbourne is the perfect place to start the championship. There’s an enjoyable atmosphere and the people are nice and welcoming. However, the circuit itself is very unusual and you have to get attuned to the track: you have to remember the lines precisely and it’s not always easy to spot the breaking point and, on top of that, the track surface is usually bumpy. But we drivers like it and if we were asked if we wanted it resurfaced, we would probably say no, because that’s what makes it unique. I’ve got great memories of this track. Of course, the best are those from the past two seasons, as we won both times, but I also have fond memories of my first podium with Ferrari in 2015 here, on my debut with the Scuderia.”

Charles Leclerc. “Obviously this will be a very special race for me, being my debut with Ferrari and that will make this Australian GP unique. I’ve already got good memories of Melbourne, because Albert Park was where I made my Formula 1 debut last year. I am pleased with the way testing went and I can’t wait to get out on track, as it’s on the race weekend that we have to reap the rewards for all the winter work, by getting a good result. The track is unusual, because it’s a street circuit, but with the characteristics of a permanent track, with wide run-off areas and reasonably high speeds. It’s nice coming to Melbourne, as the city and the people are special. You can feel Australia has a different culture and the atmosphere is very enjoyable.”

Mattia Binotto. “The race that marks the start of the season is always significant, and this year even more so because Scuderia Ferrari is celebrating its 90th birthday in 2019. We are very happy to have a couple of extraordinary drivers like Sebastian and Charles. After the winter tests, the whole team wants to get out on track to compete with opponents who we know are very, very strong. We are heading into the first of a long series of stages, and our task is to try to cause problems to rivals who proved stronger last year. It will be a demanding season. It is important to start well, aware that we have 21 rounds of equal importance ahead of us. The championship ends in December so every point can be valuable”.

 

FIA WEC – Ferrari at 1000 Miles of Sebring with 5 cars

Posted: 11.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 11 March 2019 – The FIA World Endurance Championship’s Super Season 2018-19 returns to the track at Sebring, Florida, from 13 to 15 March. Five Ferraris are ready to race, three in the GTE-Am class and two in the GTE-Pro.

GTE-Pro. Ferrari has often been the car to beat at the historic Sebring circuit, one of the most demanding test benches for men and machines due to the nature of the track and the very rough asphalt even in the straights.

After a problematic 6 Hours of Shanghai, afflicted by lousy weather, the 488 GTEs are looking to come back even without any changes to the punishing Balance of Performance (BoP) that hampered them in China. The Brazilian Daniel Serra will take the wheel of AF Corse no. 51 alongside James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi, while car no. 71, like in the last Le Mans 24 Hours, will be crewed by Spaniard Miguel Molina, together with Sam Bird and Davide Rigon.

GTE-Am. The Maranello-based company will be gunning for victory in the GTE-Am class with three entries. The tried and tested crew of Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci and Giancarlo Fisichella, dominant in mid-race at Shanghai, will drive the Ferrari 488 GTE no. 54 of Spirit of Race. A new crew of Matteo Cressoni, Matt Griffin and Luis Perez Companc will take charge of Clearwater Racing’s car no. 61, while the trio behind the wheel of no. 70 of MR Racing, of Olivier Beretta, Eddie Cheever III and Motoaki Ishikawa, remains the same.

Programme. The qualifying sessions for the GTE class are scheduled for 9:30 pm on Thursday (02:30 am on Friday in Italy).  The race will start at 4 pm on Friday and will end eight hours later.

 

Ferrari Challenge North America – MacNeil, Ghandour, Baker and Davis all Claim Wins at COTA

Posted: 11.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Austin, Texas,  11 March 2019 – An early morning gave way to a hazy afternoon as Challenge competitors gathered at the Circuit of the Americas for Race 2 of Ferrari Challenge competition in North America.  Cloudy skies, however, meant cooler temperatures, a welcome respite for the drivers after Saturday’s warm and humid conditions.  Ultimately, however, the patterns started on Saturday were maintained into Sunday; clean racing, respect across the field and enjoyment while racing Ferraris.

Trofeo Pirelli. Cooper MacNeil avenged his last lap mistake of Saturday and took an absolutely dominant win in Race 2 at Circuit of the Americas.  The Ferrari of Westlake driver bolted ont the start and never looked back, averaging nearly 1mph more than his nearest competitor, equivalent to a 17 second gap as they crossed the line.  Benjamin Hites (The Collection) had a thrilling race, but for different reasons as was shuffled back at the start and spent the rest of the race chipping away.  A number of thrilling passes later, none more so than multi-lap battle with Martin Burrowes (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale), and Benjamin was back in second position, but no where near close enough to chase down Cooper.  Martin came home in third, seven seconds ahead of last year’s Coppa Shell champion, Thomas Tippl (Ferrari of Beverly Hills).

Trofeo Pirelli AM. Ziad Ghandour (Boardwalk Ferrari) repeated on the podium, but this time earned the top step over Todd Morici (Wide World Ferrari) and Dave Musial (Ferrari Lake Forest).  Ziad’s performance was similarly demonstrative to Cooper’s in the Trofeo Pirelli class, where Ziad generated a 19 second gap by race end.  Further back it was a bit closer, with Todd only one second ahead of Dave as they crossed the line.  Saturday’s race winner, Mark Fuller (Ferrari of Silicon Valley) unfortuantely did not start the race.

Coppa Shell. Danny Baker (Ferrari of Palm Beach) made it a perfect weekend as he again took control of the Coppa Shell race and never looked back.  After a clean getaway and excellent opening lap, he was able to settle in for the 30 minute sprint to the finish.  Mark Issa (Ferrari of Atlanta) did make things interesting about mid-way through as he was able to close up and challenge Danny’s position.  But ultimately, Danny was able to find a few more tenths per lap and finished 4 seconds ahead of Mark.  The pair were in a league of their own as Claude Senhoreti (Ferrari of Ft Lauderdale) finished third and nearly thirty seconds back on the leading pair.

Coppa Shell AM. Brian Davis (Ferrari of Palm Beach) again took the top step of the Coppa Shell AM podium, delivering a strong drive that earned him a 20 second gap to the second place finisher, Eric Marston (Ferrari of Westlake).  A first time competitor, Eric did an excellent job to finish 6th overall, just ahead of more established competitors like Kevan Millstein (Ferrari of San Diego, in the Coppa Shell category).  Another first time podium finisher, Gianni Grilli (Ferrari of Quebec) rounded out the podium in third.

Schedule. Ferrari Challenge will return to racing action in a month’s time on April 5th at Sebring International Raceway.

 

FDA – Petecof in Formula 4 with Prema

Posted: 10.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

The Brazilian to race in Italy and Germany

Maranello, 10 March 2019 – Twelve months ago, Gianluca Petecof had his first tests in a single-seater after a brilliant career in karts. 2018 saw him make continuous progress in the Italian Formula 4 series, culminating in his first outright win in the final round of the season at the Mugello circuit.

Ambitious.  It was the best way to end the season as well as an incentive to aim for ambitious goals in 2019. The 16 year old from Sao Paulo will continue to drive for the Prema team, taking part in both the Italian and German Formula 4 series, with the aim of making the most of the experience gained last year. It’s a busy programme that will complete Petecof’s training in this category under the guidance of the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA.)

For the title.  “After a great 2018 season in which I found the best environment in which to progress, it was natural to decide to continue racing in Formula 4 and to stay with the Prema team,” commented Gianluca. “It was just what I wanted. Now I’m keen to get back on track and I don’t deny I’ve set myself a tough goal. I want to fight for the title and I will give it my best shot.”

 

Ferrari Challenge North America – First Winners of 2019 Crowned at Circuit of the Americas

Posted: 10.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Austin, Texas, 10 March 2019 – The 2019 Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli season kicked off at the home of Formula One in the United States, the Circuit of the Americas.  What began as a gloomy day with threat of thunder and lightening, turned glorious and warm at the mid-day mark.  It became the best possible context for the opening round of a Ferrari Challenge weekend.

Trofeo Pirelli. Cooper MacNeil (Scuderia Corsa, Ferrari of Westlake) stormed off from pole to an immense lead that he maintained successfully for most of the race.  His concentration, however, slipped at the very worst moment, as he entered the final corner on the final lap.  What seemed to be a small moment of instability entering the corner became a massive moment of rotation as his 488 Challenge car pirouetted on the apex of turn 20.  Benjamin Hites (The Collection), running a lonely race in 2ndseized the moment, attacked and eked out a victory by just two tenths of a second.  Further down the order, Martin Burrowes (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale), recently transitioned from his 458 EVO and championship 2018 season, came out top trumps in a three way dice between long time competitor James Weiland (Ferrari of San Francisco) and another 2018 champion, Thomas Tippl (Scuderia Corsa, Ferrari of Beverly Hills).

Trofeo Pirelli AM. Mark Fuller (Scuderia Corsa, Ferrari of Silicon Valley) took the win, the Pirelli award and the Gentleman’s Cup, a clean sweep.  Mark was a bit ahead of his nearest challenger, Barry Zekelman (Ferrari of Ontario), generating a five second gap by race-end, while Ziad Ghandour (Boardwalk Ferrari) took third position, pressuring Barry to the end, though ultimately falling short by just over one second.

Coppa Shell. A crowded circuit made life a bit more interesting for those in the Coppa Shell category.  Sharing the circuit with the Coppa Shell AM drivers, COTA was filled with 30 488 Challenge cars for their opening race of 2019.  In the Coppa Shell category, Danny Baker (Ferrari of Palm Beach) romped to victory after an excellent start.  The former 458 EVO driver, clearly found a comfortable groove, surviving various amounts of pressure through the 30 minute race.  Mark Issa (Ferrari of Atlanta), claimed an emotional 2nd place finish after earning pole in the morning’s qualifying session.  Dale Katechis (Miller Motorcars) claimed a tense third, just ahead of Kevan Millstein (Ferrari of San Diego).  The two were well acquainted from many shared battles in 2018 when they were both in the Coppa Shell AM category.

Coppa Shell AM. Brian Davis (Ferrari of Palm Beach) claimed his first ever win in Ferrari Challenge competition, holding off Ian Campbell (Ferrari of New England) in the thirty minute sprint.  The race to the finish saw multiple mixed class battles as an early spin for Geoff Palermo in the Coppa Shell category meant that he had to claw his way back to the front through several Coppa Shell AM competitors.  Nevertheless, Brian’s result was quite impressive as he finished in fifth overall, and well among many of the Coppa Shell competitors.  The duo was joined on the podium by Kris Perzan (Ferrari of Ft Lauderdale) who claimed third position.

Schedule. Ferrari Challenge returns to the track for qualifying and race 2 on Sunday.  Action kicks off with a 9:00am warm up and 9:50am qualifying.  Races will begin at 12:50pm.  All times are in CST.

 

Charles and the number 16

Posted: 09.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

In the footsteps of Mike Hawthorn

Maranello, 9 March 2019 –When Charles Leclerc made his Formula 1 debut, he opted for the number 16 on his car. To tell the truth, this wasn’t his first choice, which would have been number 7, as currently used by Kimi Raikkonen, nor even the second, the number 10, already belonging to Pierre Gasly. However, the Monegasque driver was born on the 16th and, if you want to do the maths, you could see it as 1 + 6, which equals 7.

Previous history. Charles’ move to Scuderia Ferrari sees the return of a number on a Maranello car that had not been used since1966, when Lorenzo Bandini carried it in Monaco for the last time, finishing the Grand Prix in second place.

Debut and a win. Number 16 has only been seen on a Ferrari 22 times in Formula 1. The first occasion was at the 1950 Italian Grand Prix, when Alberto Ascari sported it on his car. The driver who used it the most was Mike Hawthorn, who raced with it five times. The 1958 World Champion is also the only Ferrari driver to have taken the number 16 to the top step of the podium, which he did in the 1953 French Grand Prix.

The others. Several Ferrari drivers have carried the number 15 over the years: Peter Whitehead and Maurice Trintignant, twice each, Giuseppe Farina, Luigi Villoresi, Umberto Maglioli, Alfonso De Portago, Luigi Musso, Wolfgang Von Trips, Cliff Allison, Dan Gurney, Willy Mairesse, Phil Hill and John Surtees just the once.

 

Sebastian, king of the fives

Posted: 07.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Vettel is the best Ferrari driver with this number

Maranello, 7 March 2019 – The history of sport is made of numbers, and Formula 1 is no exception. Since 2014, drivers in the top motor racing class have been free to choose their race number. Since then Sebastian Vettel has picked number five, which he decided to keep on his arrival at Scuderia Ferrari. He wanted five for many reasons: it was the number with which he won lots of kart races in 2001; it was the number on his livery when he won his first World Championship; it is a number with which many past greats such as Michael Schumacher and Nigel Mansell won.

Distinguished predecessors. Sebastian has contributed to the fortune of the number five and over the years has become the most successful driver with it on the nose of his Ferrari. With 13 victories and 81 races, Vettel has also surpassed Michael Schumacher, who used the number five in the 1997 and 2006 seasons. The first Ferrari with that number to compete in a Grand Prix raced on 18 July 1953 at the British Grand Prix. Alberto Ascari, at the wheel of the Ferrari 500, started from pole and won the race.

The others. The five has appeared on a Ferrari in at least one race in 17 different seasons and has competed in 191 races with 33 wins, 102 podiums, 28 pole positions, 30 fastest laps and 83% of races concluded in the points. Other drivers who have raced a Ferrari with the number five include Fernando Alonso (39 GPs), Felipe Massa (17), Clay Regazzoni (9), Phil Hill and Jacky Ickx (2).

 

Ferrari Challenge North America – Ferrari Challenge Returns to Circuit of the Americas

Posted: 06.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Englewood Cliffs, 6 March 2019 – For the 4th consecutive year and the 7th time since the circuit’s opening in 2012, Ferrari Challenge will again return to the Circuit of the Americas on the outskirts of Austin, Texas. Purpose built to host the return of Formula 1 to the United States, the circuit opened to much acclaim and fanfare. Since that time, however, the circuit has developed its own character, as bumps have formed throughout the 3.427 mile layout.

Strong Entries in All Classes. Nearly 50 488 Challenge cars will take to the track over the course of the weekend, with strong car counts in all four categories.  Trofeo Pirelli features a number of returning faces, including last year’s Trofeo Pirelli Champion Cooper MacNeil (Scuderia Corsa, Ferrari Beverly Hills).  Defending Coppa Shell champion Thomas Tippl (Scuderia Corsa Ferrari of Beverly Hills) also made the jump into Trofeo Pirelli after 10 consecutive wins last year.  A few other notable names who are new to the class include last year’s Trofeo Pirelli AM Champion Ross Chouest (Ferrari of Palm Beach).

While no category will have less than 10 competitors at COTA, Coppa Shell AM continues to offer the deepest grid – with 19 entrants.  Featuring a mix of familiar and new faces, the category also features three female drivers, who will each vie for the Ladies Cup.

North American Series Grows Increasingly International. In a series that takes place almost entirely on US and Canadian soil, it was a pleasant surprise to see eight different nationalities represented on the 2019 entry list. Drivers from Norway to China, Brazil and of course Canada, have decided that the Ferrari Challenge series in North America offers the strongest combination of competition, camaraderie and of course hospitality of any single make series in the world.

Springboard to GT3. Cooper MacNeil and Brian Kaminskey (Ferrari of Long Island) are notably fitting the Ferrari Challenge into otherwise hectic racing schedules. Cooper is contesting the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship in the GT-Daytona category in a Ferrari 488 GT3 car and make his way to Sebring International Raceway for the 12 hour race there one week later. Brian Kaminskey, meanwhile, made his racing debut in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Americas on 2-3 March, also at Circuit of the Americas. Sharing driving duties with former Ferrari Challenge pilot, Chris Cagnazzi, Brian and the team earned their first ever podium in Race 1 on Saturday by finishing 3rd in the AM category.

Schedule. Participants will take to the track for their first official practice sessions on Friday at 9:00 AM Central time. The first qualifying session will take place on Saturday at 9:50am followed by the first race of the 2019 season at 1:55pm. The schedule will then repeat for Race 2 on Sunday with qualifying at 9:50, followed by Race 2 at 12:50.

 

Ferrari F8 Tributo, a celebration of excellence The mid-rear-engined two-seater berlinetta that pays homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history

Posted: 05.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 5 March 2019 – The F8 Tributo is the new mid-rear-engined sports car that represents the highest expression of the Prancing Horse’s classic two-seater berlinetta. It is a car with unique characteristics and, as its name implies, is an homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history.

The F8 Tributo sets the market benchmark for performance, driving pleasure and ease of handling. It makes the exhilarating performance of the best 8-cylinder in the world accessible to all drivers, with unprecedented handling and superior ride comfort.

With a massive 720 cv and a record specific power output of 185 cv/l, it is the most powerful V8 ever to be mounted in a non-special series Ferrari, achieving new heights not just for turbos, but for engines across the board.

The turbo-charged V8 has already been used in other models in the range with various power output levels, winning “Best Engine” in the International Engine of the Year awards three years running in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2018, it was also awarded the title of the best engine of the last two decades.

The F8 Tributo delivers its 720 cv without the slightest hint of turbo lag and produces an evocative soundtrack. Instantaneous power is matched by exceptional handling thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art aerodynamics solutions derived from Ferrari’s track experience.

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the F8 Tributo is essentially a bridge to a new design language that will continue to emphasise Ferrari’s key characteristics of high performance and extreme aerodynamic efficiency. In fact, the F8 Tributo is the most aerodynamically efficient series-production mid-rear-engined berlinetta ever designed.

The F8 Tributo replaces the 488 GTB and, in the range, is the model with the highest performance matched by the greatest driver involvement. There are significant  improvements across the board aimed at providing even better control on the limit along with greater on-board comfort.

The F8 Tributo punches out 50 cv more than the 488 GTB, is 40 kg lighter and also benefits from a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency along with the latest version of the Side Slip Angle Control, now in 6.1 guise.

ENGINE

In the automotive world, Ferrari’s V8 engine is seen as the very epitome of sportiness and driving pleasure. This is particularly the case when it is mid-rear-mounted in a two-seater. Ferrari has been honing the scope of abilities of this architecture, which creates an optimal weight balance, and thus delivers unparalleled thrillingly sporty driving, to perfection for over four decades.

In fact, Maranello made its debut in the 8-cylinder 2-seater berlinetta segment in 1975 with the 308 GTB, a revolutionary car that became a source of inspiration for subsequent models.

The same mid-rear V8 two-seater architecture was also adopted for Ferrari’s first supercars, not least the 1984 GTO and 1987 F40, which have achieved iconic status amongst enthusiasts.

The F8 Tributo sports the multi-award-winning Ferrari V8 turbo which is best in class in its segment as well as being voted the best engine of the last 20 years by industry experts. In 2018, it was nominated for the Engine of the Year title for the third consecutive year, a title it went on to win with more than double the points of its closest contender.

The V8’s technical specifications are truly exceptional, placing it at the very top of its segment. The F8 Tributo unleashes 720 cv at 8,000 rpm and also has an impressive specific power output of 185 cv/l. Its maximum torque is now higher too at all engine speeds, peaking at 770 Nm (+10 Nm compared to the 488 GTB) at 3,250 rpm.

Today, Ferrari V8s sport solutions that are masterpieces of engineering and this engine in particular further enhances the typical traits of all Maranello engines with smoothly progressive, limitless acceleration and zero turbo lag combined with a unique soundtrack courtesy, in part, of a new exhaust system.

The new car offers drivers pure emotions. Instantaneously accessible power is matched by exceptional handling thanks to advanced vehicle dynamics solutions. These include a new version of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) which can be activated in the manettino’s RACE position for the first time, a move designed to make performance on the limit easier to reach and control for an even greater number of drivers.

As their starting point the powertrain department used the 488 Pista’s engine, which already has 50% more specific components than the 488 GTB.  The challenge was two-fold: on the one hand they had to maintain the performance levels achieved with the 488 Pista while, on the other, deliver unique performance and sound that also complied with the new, stricter emissions and noise pollution regulations.

To achieve the 50 cv increase in power compared to the 488 GTB, the new intake line is derived directly from the Challenge. The air intakes have been moved from the flanks to the rear where they are located on either side of the blown spoiler and are directly connected to the intake plenums. This drastically reduces losses and ensures greater air flow to the engine, thereby increasing the power. The air flow also benefits from increased dynamic pressure created by the shape of the rear spoiler.

Specific intake plenums and manifolds with optimised fluid-dynamics improve the combustion efficiency of the engine, thanks to the reduction of the temperature of the air in the cylinder, which also helps boost power. Two plenum configurations are available for this car, both identical in performance terms:

  • Red-painted aluminium, newly introduced for this model
  • Carbon-fibre (optional), with the same geometry as the 488 Pista’s plenums

Specific valves and springs combined with a new cam profile also contributed directly to the engine’s performance increase. As did the geometry of the new exhaust manifold which reduces back pressure.

Because of the increase in power output, the pistons and cylinder heads have been strengthened to cope with the higher loads, with peak pressure in the combustion chamber increased by up to 10%.  Parallel to this, particular attention was also focused on reducing internal friction by introducing, for example, DLC-coated piston pins derived directly from F1.

The F8 Tributo’s engine also inherits highly efficient weight-reduction solutions from the 488 Pista which have cut the power unit’s weight by 18 kg compared to that of the 488 GTB. Once again, the racing world played a pivotal role. In fact, all the main lightweight components are derived from either the Ferrari Challenge or Formula 1.

The content that makes the greatest contribution to the reduction in the engine’s weight are:

  • Inconel exhaust manifolds derived from the 488 Challenge
  • Titanium con rods
  • Lighter, optimised crankshaft and flywheel

Reducing the weight of rotating and non-static masses, such as the titanium con rods, crankshaft and flywheel, allows engine speed to rise very rapidly, so much so that the driver can see the rev counter needle flying, particularly in rapid transitions, such as gear shifting and scorching low-gear acceleration, making the car feel even sportier still. These reductions in the weight of the rotating masses yield a 17% reduction in inertia.

Apart from the extra power, the F8 Tributo’s engine makes both the car’s handling more intuitive and its performance more accessible. A slew of high performance features have been introduced to allow drivers exploit to the very fullest the potential afforded by the best engine of the last 20 years.  These include a new boost reserve control strategy which optimises response time and performance in sporty driving on the limit, making all the power the driver asks from the throttle available virtually instantaneously.

Adaptive Performance Launch analyses grip as the car accelerates and then uses electronic controls to optimise the torque delivered by the clutches to suit the grip level of the road, reducing wheel slip to a minimum which, in turn, maximises acceleration.

The rev limiter’s “Wall Effect” strategy is another leap forward in terms of extreme engine performance. Rather than gradually limiting the revs towards the limit, it cuts off right at the red-line of 8,000 rpm, maximising the amount of power available in power-on dynamic driving situations and consequently improving lap times.

Adopted once again on this model is the hugely successful Ferrari Variable Torque Management strategy for all gears. To adapt it to the car’s extreme sporty spirit, all of the curves were redesigned to deliver a feeling of consistently smooth, powerful acceleration all the way to the red line.

Maximum torque is also 10 Nm higher than on the 488 GTB also and is available even at lower engine speeds.

The exhaust layout has been extensively modified across the board from the turbos to the tail pipes to produce a sound absolutely unique to this particular car. The result is an unmistakable engine timbre that is superior in terms of both the intensity and quality of the sound. The sound is also higher than the 488 GTB, particularly at medium/high engine speeds (up to a maximum of +5dB), in proportion with the progressive increase in power and is clearly audible to the driver in the cockpit.

The exhaust line also features a new Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF) to comply with new homologation requirements.

VEHICLE DYNAMICS

Overall performance levels are significantly higher than those of the 488 GTB, thanks to the increase in power, weight reduction and improved aerodynamic coefficient. That performance is also now accessible to a larger number of drivers thanks to vehicle dynamics systems that make driving on the limit an easier and more confidence-inspiring experience. These include a steering wheel with a rim that is smaller in diameter with a thinner rim and the introduction of the new Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer Plus into the integrated SSC concept, now in 6.1 guise.

In terms of longitudinal dynamics, response times have a higher peak value than the  488 GTB, which translates into faster acceleration. In line with the Variable Boost Management concept, acceleration is smooth and progressive, delivering 6% higher longitudinal acceleration (Ax) than the 488 GTB.

To achieve their goal of making the car’s impressive performance easy to access and use, Ferrari’s engineers worked on integrating engine and aerodynamics performance with the latest iteration of the vehicle dynamics control systems.  The Side Slip Control system, which improves drivers’ control on the limit for even more engaging involvement, has been further evolved. The transition from version 6.0 to 6.1 reflects the fact that the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer system now also activates in the manettino  RACE (FDE+) position.

The FDE is a lateral dynamics control system that uses Ferrari software to adjust the brake pressure at the callipers. It debuted on the 488 Pista, but the new FDE+ version adopted on the F8 Tributo extends its functionality. The control system, which is operational through and exiting corners (but not under braking), now also extends to low grip conditions and to the RACE setting of the manettino with the new and specific aim of increasing cornering performance.

In the RACE setting the car is 6% faster coming out of bends than the 488 GTB with the same amount of steering wheel activity. It is also available in the CT-Off position where, for the same degree of oversteer, steering wheel activity is reduced by 30% compared to the  488 GTB. The result is that, with the same level of driving skill,  drivers will see an improvement in their ability to hold the car on the limit, making them more confident in lengthy oversteer manoeuvres.

The 40 kg weight reduction compared to the 488 GTB makes the car sportier and more agile and makes a significant contribution to driver involvement. That said, the weight reduction does not impinge on in-car comfort in the least as it regards engine and bodywork components. Aside from the aforementioned engine components, further lightweight solutions include bumpers made from a lighter plastic material, a carbon-fibre rear spoiler and a rear window in Lexan® which is lighter than glass. The weight reduction measures are topped off by the choice of optional carbon-fibre rims and a lithium ion battery.

The F8 Tributo cuts the lap time at Fiorano from  1’23.0” to 1’22.5”.

AERODYNAMICS

The F8 Tributo features state-of-the-art aerodynamics, integrating innovations and expertise developed thanks to the company’s involvement in the GT and Challenge championships. The solutions have been honed to create a series-production mid-rear-engined berlinetta with the highest level of performance available.

The F8 Tributo is 10% more aerodynamically efficient than the 488 GTB thanks exclusively to an increase in downforce which does not impact on its drag coefficient.  This means that drivers can exploit to the fullest the exceptional performance the car unleashes, including high-speed cornering, as its more efficient road-holding keeps it glued to the Tarmac, delivering an engaging and exhilarating driving experience.

It was only through close synergy with the Ferrari Styling Centre that the strict aerodynamic constraints could be so flawlessly interpreted and integrated into the car’s design. A good example is the S-Duct at the front and the redesigned blown spoiler system at the rear which are underscored by the car’s clean yet decisive lines.

The F8 Tributo is powered by the multi-award-winning Ferrari V8 turbo which punches out 50 cv more than the 488 GTB. To cope with the increased cooling requirements and to guarantee maximum performance under any driving conditions, the car’s thermal management was assessed from earliest stages of development in order to optimise cooling without impacting on aerodynamic performance.

The significant increase in the engine power was achieved thanks, in part, to a reduction in the temperature of the air entering the plenum (around 15 degrees lower than the 488 GTB) as a result of improved cooling flow management.

This is why the intercooler performance was of fundamental importance at the development stage. The front radiator layout was completely changed from that of the 488 GTB to the layout already tested on the track on the 488 Challenge and then adopted on the 488 Pista. In the F8 Tributo, in fact, the radiating masses are angled towards the rear of the car to use the underbody to channel hot air and thus minimise thermal interaction with the flows inside the wheelarches.

In absolute terms, there is a 10% improvement in thermal performance over the 488 GTB. Thanks to this layout choice,  the increase in radiating surfaces was kept to a mere 7% which benefits both the car’s weight and dimensions.

A further improvement was made possible by the modifications to the rear of the car moving the dynamic engine air intakes from the sides (as on the 488 GTB) to either side of the spoiler.  Moving the air intakes from the sides to the rear also freed up space for a larger intercooler. The engine air intake duct benefited from this decision: the significant reduction in its length and the high overall pressure level guaranteed by the rear spoiler drastically reduces fluid-dynamic load losses, thereby contributing to the increase in engine performance.

Lastly, the air intake for the intercooler is dominated by a wing profile designed to create an area of suction in the upper part of the channel, which helps direct as much air as possible towards the radiating mass.

The front of the car is dominated by the S-Duct, an innovation aerodynamic solution adapted from Ferrari’s F1 experience and already used on the 488 Pista. Here it has been redesigned in function of the new front end design and accounts for 15% of the increase in overall downforce compared to the 488 GTB.

The duct takes the high pressure flow from the central section of the bumper and, thanks to specially calibrated sections, deflects it upwards through the vent on the bonnet. The variation in pressure generates downforce over the front axle. The position of the vent is designed to maximise the duct’s performance by exploiting the suction generated by the curvature of the surfaces, maximising the amount of air that passes through the S-Duct.

New, more compact, horizontal LED headlights allowed Ferrari’s aerodynamicists to incorporate new brake cooling intakes in combination with those on the outside of the bumper, the aim being to improve air flow throughout the entire wheelarch and thereby avoid having to increase the size of the braking system to cope with the higher speeds reached by the car.

The signature element at the rear of the car is the blown spoiler. Originally patented for the 488 GTB, it was radically modified to produce a much more extreme version for the 488 Pista. The challenge facing the aerodynamics in the development of the F8 Tributo was improving rear downforce without increasing drag or interfering with the harmonious forms of this area of the car.

The blown spoiler’s calibrated sections work in synergy with the suction generated by the spoiler to create upwash which accounts for 25% of the increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB. Contemporaneously, three turning vanes inside the blown spoiler effectively recompress the flow towards the wake of the car, reducing drag by 2% and compensating for the knock-on effect of the increase in downforce.

The underbody is of pivotal importance too, because it can generate high levels of downforce very efficiently. In the F8 Tributo, the position of the front radiators – which, unlike the 488 GTB, are rearward-angled – is beneficial in cooling terms but simultaneously shrinks the underbody surface area that can be used to generate downforce. Thus the geometry of the channels used to dissipate hot air had to be redesigned to ensure that maximum downforce was generated whilst cutting drag by 5% thanks to the positive interaction between the flows exiting the radiator and the front wheels.

The new cooling system layout freed up space in the radiator area which was used for the front diffusers. Thanks to a ramp angle derived from the 488 Challenge, the latter  are responsible for 15% of the overall increase in downforce. New vortex generators at the centre of the underbody have been optimised too and account for 25% of the increase in downforce.

The rear diffuser has a double kink line, which generates a double suction peak near ground level and accounts for 20% of the improvement in extraction and downforce generation capacity compared to the previous model. The diffuser is equipped with a system of three active flaps which rotate 14° in minimum drag configuration to completely stall the diffuser and thus significantly reduce the car’s drag on straights, allowing it to reach top speed.

To sum up, the increase in the F8 Tributo’s overall aerodynamic coefficient compared to the 488 GTB is due to modifications made to the S-Duct (15%), rear spoiler (25%), front underbody (15%), vortex generators (25%) and rear diffuser (the remaining 20%).

DESIGN

EXTERIOR

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the F8 Tributo is essentially a bridge to a new exterior design language. From the very earliest stages of the design process, the work focused on two goals simultaneously: designing a stylistic tribute to the Ferrari V8 engine, inspired by the most iconic mid-rear-engined V8 sports cars in Ferrari history, and giving the car a strong personality of its own through an even sportier design clearly inspired by the car’s advanced aerodynamics.

A lot of attention was paid to ensuring that the Maranello marque’s signature styling elements were respected even while seamlessly incorporating the aerodynamic elements into the design and then underscoring them with clean yet decisive lines.

The front of the car is characterised by the S-Duct around which the entire front end has been redesigned to highlight the extensive aerodynamic modifications made to this area of the car. The clearest example is new, more compact, horizontal LED headlights. Thanks to its more compact size, the classic L-shape is created not by the continuation of the headlights but by an aerodynamic intake.

The front is completed by side aerodynamic intakes which are integrated into the shape of the bumper and feature two aerodynamic side splitters in black which create a visual link rearwards behind the wheel and onto the exterior sill covers.

The car’s flanks are dominated by the evident muscular forms of the front and rear wheelarches which give the impression that the bodywork has been tightly moulded around the running gear with no space left over for non-functional stylistic motifs or voids. The shape of the side air intakes for the intercooler has been redesigned too, highlighting one of the most important stylistic motifs from Ferrari mid-rear-engined V8 history.

The new rear screen celebrates Ferrari’s legendary V8 engine. Made from ultralight Lexan®, it has been restyled to incorporate three louvres at it centre and showcase the engine compartment, bringing a modern twist to the most distinctive design element from Ferrari’s most famous V8-engined car, the F40. The louvres also help extract hot air from the engine compartment, in line with Ferrari’s focus on functional design.

The rear of the car has also been strongly influenced by the car’s new styling. Aside from the rear screen, the spoiler has been entirely redesigned. It is now larger and wraps around the tail lights, visually lowering the car’s centre of gravity and allowing a return to the classic twin light cluster and body-coloured tail, another signature of the early 8-cylinder berlinettas like the very first in the legendary series, the 308 GTB.

Lastly, the car is also offered with new (optional) forged starburst wheel rims, and thus asymmetrical on the two sides, lending an air of dynamism and sportiness.

INTERIOR

The cockpit retains the classic, driver-oriented look typical of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined berlinettas. Every element of the dash, door panels and tunnel has been completely redesigned specifically for the car. The F8 Tributo also boasts a new generation steering wheel and steering wheel-mounted controls as well as new styling on the standard seats.

New round air vents are set in beautifully sculpted aluminium surrounds (also available in optional carbon-fibre) which cleverly underscore the dash structure. To emphasis the lightness of the whole assembly, the dash now incorporates an aluminium sail panel supporting the central satellite and continuing into the dash itself. Also to create a sense of visual lightness, a sliver of carbon fibre divides the upper and lower parts, streamlining the whole look. This section also incorporates the optional 7” touchscreen passenger-side display which provides an extra sporting touch. The dash is completed by the classic instrument cluster with its central rev-counter and the new-generation steering wheel and commands.

The tunnel is clearly separated from the dash and set beneath it, once again to enhance the sensation of lightness that the car exudes. It features a new bridge, a prominent sculptural creation that seems to float and thus further streamlines the cabin.

Ferrari F8 Tributo – Technical specifications

ENGINE

Type                                       V8 – 90° twin turbo

Overall displacement             3902    cc

Max. power output*              720 cv (530 kW) @ 7000 rpm

Max. torque*                         770 Nm @ 3250 rpm

Specific power output                       185      cv/l

Max. engine speed                 8000    rpm

Compression ratio                 9.6:1

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Length                                    4611    mm

Width                                     1979    mm

Height                                    1206    mm

Wheelbase                             2650    mm

Front track                             1677    mm

Rear track                               1646    mm

Kerb weight **                       1435    kg

Dry weight **                         1330    kg

Weight distribution               41.5% fr – 58.5% r

Boot capacity                         200 l

Fuel tank capacity                  78 l

TYRES

Front                                      245/35 ZR 20 J9,0

Rear                                        305/30 ZR 20 J11.0

BRAKES

Front                                      398 x 223 x 38 mm

Rear                                        360 x 233 x 32 mm

TRANSMISSION AND GEARBOX

F1 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox

ELECTRONIC CONTROLS    E-Diff3, F1-Trac, High  Performance ABS/EBD with

Ferrari Pre-Fill, FrS SCM-E, SSC 6.1 with FDE*

PERFORMANCE

0-100 km/h                            2.90     s

0-200 km/h                            7.8       s

Top speed                              340      km/h

Fiorano lap time                    1’22.5”

FUEL CONSUMPTION/C02 EMISSIONS

Under homologation

* With 98 octane petrol
** With optional content

 

Ferrari F8 Tributo unveiled in Geneva

Posted: 05.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Six cars on display at the Ferrari stand

Geneva, 5th March 2019 – Ferrari has revealed the F8 Tributo, the new 8-cylinder Berlinetta, at the Geneva Motor Show. The Ferrari F8 Tributo was named in celebration of the best 8-cylinder engine in the world. With its 720 horsepower, it’s the best-performing V8 ever for a Ferrari not from a limited series, based on a unit that won “International Engine of the Year” for three consecutive years (2016, 2017 and 2018), and that has been recognised as the best engine of the last 20 years.

In addition to the engine, capable of delivering an extra 50HP, the new Ferrari F8 Tributo is 40kg lighter, benefits from increased aerodynamic efficiency (+10%) and the new version of the Side Slip Angle Control.

Alongside the two Ferrari Tributos in Scuderia Red and Corsa Blue, a Tristrato Yellow 812 Superfast, a tailor-made Luxury Blue GTC4 and and a Glossy Aluminium Portofino are on show at the Ferrari stand at the Geneva Motor Show.

In addition to these, a tailor-made car is on display: a Portofino with a Pino 18 Green exterior and interiors in ochre historical leather, inspired by classic cars.

 

Blancpain GT World Challenge Americas – Ferraris to the Front in Texas

Posted: 04.03.2019
Source: Ferrari

Austin, Texas, 4 March 2019 – Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina once again raced to another victory with the Ferrari 488 GT3 on Sunday.  For the second time in as many visits, the Ferrari duo were victorious in Texas following a dominant overall victory in Sunday’s Round 2 of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge America on Sunday at Circuit of The Americas.

PRO. Despite starting fourth, Toni Vilander needed only two laps to take the overall lead in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3. Once he took the lead, he never looked back before pitting. Co-driver Miguel Molina cycled back to the lead following the round of pit stops, and held a 14-second advantage when a full-course caution waved late in the race. The Ferrari driver was under attack at the restart by Saturday race winner Andy Soucek with less than ten minutes remaining. Soucek went to the inside and took a brief advantage, but Molina fought back and regained the lead in the Esses. From that point, the Ferrari went unchallenged all the way to the checkered flag, winning the 40-lap event by 1.249 seconds.

PRO-AM. Winners on Saturday, Jeff Segal and Wei Lu were well on the road to a second consecutive victory in the No. 31 TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3. Segal started on the overall pole but fell back to fifth on the opening circuit. He fought back to the overall lead before his pit stop near the end of the pit window. Lu returned to the fray second in the Pro-Am class, and needed only six laps to regain the class lead. Lu enjoyed a four-second lead when the late caution closed the gap. However, Lu was hit and knocked off course on the restart, resulting in a ninth-place finish. Matt Plumb and Alfred Caiola led the Ferrari contingent in the category, finishing seventh in the No. 99 One11 Competition Ferrari 488 GT3.

AM. Picking off where they left off with their run to the title in 2018, Ferrari Challenge graduates Martin Fuentes and Caesar Bacarella completed a weekend sweep in defense of their championship following a come-from-behind drive in the No. 7 Squadra Corsa Garage Italia Ferrari 488 GT3. The opening lap was tough for Fuentes, who lost 11 positions at the green flag. The chaotic start forced him off track and deep in the pack. But he was able to consistently outpace the competition to move to the lead after 15 laps of hard racing. A smooth turn-over to Bacarella saw the duo lead the rest of the race. Ferrari Challenge racers Rich and Trevor Baek continued to make progress in Blancpain GT competition as they bettered their finish from Saturday one position, placing fourth in the No. 8 Vital Speed Motorsports Ferrari 488 GT3. Fifth went to Pierre Mulacek and Anthony Lazzaro in the No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3, one position ahead of Christopher Cagnazzi and Brian Kaminskey in the No. 19 One11 Competition Ferrari 488 GT3.

NEXT UP: VIR. The next action for the Blancpain GT America championship will be on April 26-28 at Virginia International Raceway.