Maranello, 2 December 2017 – David Fumanelli won the exhibition race of the Motor Show featuring the 488 Challenge cars that usually compete in the Ferrari one-make series. The Italian Rossocorsa driver defeated 2017 European champion Daniele Di Amato (CDP) in the final. Third and fourth place went to Thomas Gostner, with the 488 Challenge of Ineco-MP Racing, and Bjorn Grossmann, in the car of Octane 126.
Eliminated in the first round. The other four competitors in the Motor Show exhibition race were knocked out in the first round. Fabienne Wohlwend (Octane 126) and Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa) were respectively eliminated by Thomas Gostner and David Fumanelli in the other Rossocorsa car, while Daniele Di Amato and Bjorn Grossmann defeated Manuela Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) and Maurizio Pitorri (CDP).
2018 championships. The Ferrari Challenge is over for 2017, but will resume again in January with the first of the three championship series. The first round of the North American series takes place from 24 to 27 January at Daytona. The other two championships will kick off on 22 to 25 March. The first round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific goes to Melbourne, while the Ferrari Challenge Europe begins at Mugello, the Ferrari-owned track.
Maranello, 2 December 2017 – Antonio Giovinazzi was the highlight on the first day of the public opening of the Bologna Motor Show. Scuderia Ferrari’s third driver put on an exhibition with two shows at the wheel of a 2009 F60. The Italian pulled off some electrifying accelerations before pulling in to allow the mechanics of Scuderia Ferrari to execute a number of lightning fast pit stops. “It was great having the chance to drive a Ferrari Formula 1 car at the Motor Show. I remember when I used to visit the Motor Show with my father when I was a child, and it looks incredible now to be here for the enjoyment of so many tifosi and young motorsport lovers on the grandstands”, said Giovinazzi after his exhibition on the F60.
World champion. Massive crowds also greeted Alessandro Pier Guidi, the recent winner of the GT class of the World Endurance Championship. He performed at the wheel of the 488 GTE no. 51 of AF Corse in which he secured the world title in Bahrain two weeks ago. The Italian won three races over the season: the 6 Hours of the Nurburgring, the 6 Hours of COTA and the 6 Hours of Fuji.
Fisichella, Rigon and Molina. The other three Ferrari drivers present at the Motor Show also received great support and appreciation. Giancarlo Fisichella, Davide Rigon and the Spaniard Miguel Molina put on a show at the wheel of the 488 GTE and in the cars of the XX Programmes, the 599XX and FXX K with over 1000 horsepower and hybrid technology derived from Formula 1.
Maranello, 1 December 2017 – Ferrari will be the big star of the first day of the Bologna Motor Show, which runs until 10 December.
Challenge Race. Eight 488 Challenge cars will be at the start in a knockout tournament whose quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals will take place in Area 48. Bjorn Grossmann will line up in the colours of Octane 126. The multiple times Trofeo Pirelli European champion will be joined by Fabienne Wohlwend, the young driver from Liechtenstein who at Imola in October became the first woman overall winner of a Ferrari one-make series race. Wohlwend will be challenged by her biggest track rival Manuela Gostner, in the car of Ineco-MP Racing, which will also field a 488 Challenge for Thomas Gostner. CDP will deploy reigning European champion Daniele Di Amato and Maurizio Pitorri. Rossocorsa will have David Fumanelli and Tommaso Rocca.
Exhibitions. In addition to the Challenge race, the Area 48 will also see a number of exhibitions. At 12 pm and again in the afternoon Scuderia Ferrari will put on a show with the test and development driver Antonio Giovinazzi performing thrilling accelerations and burnouts in the cockpit of an F60, while the Formula 1 mechanics will pull off some flashing fast tyre changes. Several GT drivers will also be on track including WEC GT World Champion Alessandro Pier Guidi, Giancarlo Fisichella, Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina. The Italians and the Spaniard will take turns in the cars of the XX Programmes, including the FXX K with over 1000 horsepower, and the 488 GT, the GTE version of which dominated the World Endurance Championship in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ rankings. In its GT3 configuration the 488 won races on four different continents in 2017.
Cars on display. Several Ferraris will also be on display in the pavilions of the Motor Show. These include the Portofino just unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and glorious cars such as the 458 Italia GTE, winner at Le Mans in 2012. There will also be an SF70H, the hybrid single-seater that won five Formula 1 Grand Prix in the season just over.