Ferrari Racing Days – Final day at Fuji with 500 cars and 5,000 owners and fans

Posted: 01.07.2018
Source: Ferrari

Fuji, 1 July 2018 – Blessed by the splendid weather, the Ferrari Racing Days at Fuji Speedway was a massive success. It was an unforgettable summer weekend for more than 5,000 Ferrari owners and fans who filled the venue with Ferrari red bringing more than 500 cars to the circuit in atmosphere made special by the thousands of fans that decided to join the event.

Thrilling experiences with racing DNA. The Corse Clienti division of Ferrari came from Italy bringing adrenaline to fans in the Land of the Rising Sun through the sessions of the F1 Clienti singleseaters and the XX Programmes. Some of the most important F1 cars of the Prancing Horse ran on the Fuji Speedway such as the F1-89, the first car with semi-automatic gearbox to be introduced in Formula 1 and winner of the 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix, the powerful 412 T2, the all-winning F2004, the F2005, the F2007 and F2008 of the Massa-Raikkonen era and the F10 and 150°Italia driven by Fernando Alonso. The XX Programmes cars also thrilled people, able to see on the track cars such as the FXX K, FXX K EVO, FXX, 599XX, 599XX EVO ran through the main straight with their incredible amount of power. A heated race also unfolded in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Asia Pacific participated in by the owners who realized their dreams to become circuit race drivers. Fans, who gathered from every corner of the country, immersed themselves in the worldview of motorsports, which is the DNA of the Ferrari brand.

Dream cars on and beyond the track. Owners and fans fully enjoyed dream cars that converged on the venue including the latest special version of the V8 berlinetta, the Ferrari 488 Pista, the Ferrari J50 (only ten units are produced for Japanese customers alone), and successive iconic supercars of the Prancing Horse such as the LaFerrari, Enzo Ferrari, F40, F50, F12tdf, 599 GTO, and GTO (288 GTO). At the beautiful sight of highly valuable classic cars, a 250 GT Berlinetta TdF and a 275 GT Berlinetta, fans renewed their awareness of the heritage of beautiful styling and gave thought to the depth of history that Ferrari has moved through.


Challenge APAC – Hutasoit, Hanna and Dicker win Fuji Race 2

Posted: 01.07.2018
Source: Ferrari

Fuji, 1 July 2018 – The fourth round of the Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge ended today at Fuji Speedway International Circuit in Japan amidst hot and sunny weather blessing both drivers and spectators alike. If the first race was dramatic, the second was spectacular. Despite the fierce battle among the 34 drivers in the field, Renaldi Hutasoit from Indonesia took the Trofeo Pirelli classification while Lebanese Tani Hanna and David Dicker from Australia repeated their wins from Race-1 in their respective classifications.

Trofeo Pirelli. Yesterday’s winner Alex Au from Hong Kong took the pole position in Race-2. It was a close fight at the start with Hutasoit but the latter managed to overtake Au after the first lap exploiting a different aerodynamic set-up that allowed him to go faster along the long straight of the circuit. Taking third position was Martin Berry from Australia who pulled off an exciting comeback from the end of the pack to power ahead and take the last step on the podium. With his victory yesterday and second position today, Au extended his lead in the standings over Philippe Prette of Italy and Hutasoit. Both racers have the rounds in Suzuka and Singapore as well as Finali Mondiali in Monza to play catch-up.

Coppa Shell. Tani Hanna from Lebanon was once again in perfect form during the race and was keen to continue his winning streak from Race 1. It was a more relaxed drive for him today as his main strategy was to maintain his pace and stay behind the two race leaders of the Trofeo Pirelli classification. At the end, his strategy worked and he found himself at the top of the podium steps. In second position was Johannes Setiawan from Indonesia and in third position was Hidehiko Hagiwara from Japan, to the delight of the home crowd. Hanna continues his lead in the standings table with Tiger Wu from Taipei in second and Xing Yanbin of China in third.

Coppa Shell Am. David Dicker from Australia took victory in the Coppa Shell Am classification for the second time this weekend, thus maintaining his lead in the points table with an easy win over Hidenobu Oba from Japan and Min Xiao from China, second and third finishers respectively. Dicker was also the winner of the Gentlemen Cup while Kanthicha Chimsiri from Thailand took the Ladies’ Cup. Grant Baker from New Zealand is second and Xiao is third in the table standings.

Race Schedule. The next round of the Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli will take place on August 23 – 25 in Suzuka, Japan, in support of Suzuka 10 Hours race.


Challenge APAC – Au, Hanna and Dicker Triumph in Fuji Race-1

Posted: 30.06.2018
Source: Ferrari

Fuji, 30 June 2018 – Round four of the 2018 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific series at Fuji Speedway took place today under beautiful and sunny skies, a stark contrast to yesterday’s wet and foggy conditions during practice rounds. A total of 38 drivers battled it out on a circuit well known for having one of the longest straights in motorsport tracks.

Trofeo Pirelli. Go Max, the home favourite, got off to a brilliant start to lead his class. However, Alex Au from Hong Kong was not far behind him. It was a closely contested fight for the finish among the top four qualifiers, including Takeshi Kitai from Japan and Wei Lu from Canada. Max kept a close eye on Au. However Au managed to overtake Max and immediately pulled away from the Japanese to take the win. Max had to settle for second position while Lu, after some cool overtaking maneuvers, took the third step on the podium.

Coppa Shell. In the battle for Coppa Shell class honours, standings leader Tani Hanna from Lebanon showed blistering pace during the qualifying session in the morning, achieving overall pole position. His impressive pace continued during the race. Starting in front and leading all the way in Race-1, Hanna dominated the Coppa Shell class. He even beat many Trofeo Pirelli drivers. The Lebanese driver also set the fastest lap time of 1:44.622 in the second lap of the race. Coming in second was Eric Zang of China and Eric Cheung of Canada.

Coppa Shell AM. In the Coppa Shell Am classification, the win belonged to Australian driver David Dicker. The Australian driver set off cautiously and was soon overtaken by several other drivers. However, after an incident on track which saw the safety car deployed, Dicker managed to recover and ultimately won the race. The other two podium places belonged to rookie F. Andrew from Indonesia and Hidenobu Oba from Japan. Dicker was also the winner of the Gentlemen Cup while Kanthicha Chimsiri from Thailand took the Ladies’ Cup.

Schedule. The Challenge drivers will undertake their second race tomorrow at 1:45 pm local time


Challenge APAC – at Fuji fight under the mount

Posted: 28.06.2018
Source: Ferrari

Gotemba, 28 June 2018 – The 2018 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific round four race gets underway at Fuji Speedway, in Japan, this weekend at the foot of Japan’s sacred mountain, as part of the second Ferrari Racing Days held in Asia this year. A record 39 cars will take to the track on Friday for two rounds of free practice before returning on Saturday for the first qualifying session and Race-1, while Qualifying 2 and Race-2 will take place on Sunday.

Trofeo Pirelli. Following the last race held on 27 May at the Shanghai International Circuit, Philippe Prette from Italy is leading the table standings in the Trofeo Pirelli class with 78 points. Alex Au of Hong Kong is a close second with only 2 points separating him and Prette after his double win there. In third place is Renaldi Hutasoit from Indonesia with 56 points. As the series enters mid-season, they will definitely have victory on their minds this weekend.

Coppa Shell. Tani Hanna from Lebanon continues to lead the Coppa Shell class with 88 points after winning the last race in Shanghai, followed by Yanbin Xing from China and Tiger Wu from Chinese Taipei with 74 and 61 points respectively.

Coppa Shell Am. Meanwhile, David Dicker from Australia increased his lead in the Coppa Shell Am class with a total of 99 points after winning both his races in Shanghai, a 20-point advantage over South Korea’s Andrew Moon. Min Xiao from China is third with 74 points.

Race Schedule. The Challenge drivers will undertake two rounds of practice sessions tomorrow, with the first race on Saturday at 3:00 pm (8 CET) and the second race on Sunday at 3:45 pm (8.45 CET).


Ferrari Racing Days – The Fuji event about to start

Posted: 27.06.2018
Source: Ferrari

Gotemba, 27 June 2018 – Ferrari Racing Days Fuji 2018, the long-awaited event of the Prancing Horse in Japan, will be held this weekend, from June 29 to July 1 at Fuji Speedway. For the first time in two years around 400 Ferrari cars along with many owners and fans will converge on the venue.

F1 Clienti and XX Programmes. The highlight of the event will be the F1 Clienti and XX Programmes session on track. Many singleseater will come to Japan from Italy, including the F1-89, the 412 T2, the all-winning F2004, the F2005, the title-winners F2007 and F2008, the F10, and the 150°Italia running on track as well as the closed wheels supercars FXX K and FXX-K EVO, 599XX and FXX.

Challenge APAC. The fourth round of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Asia Pacific, the most popular one-make series championship, will also be held with 43 taking part to the races. The number of Japanese drivers is likely to be 13, the largest ever, and is expected to further enhance the mood.

Parade. Iconic supercars for Cavallino Rampante such as the LaFerrari, LaFerrari Aperta, Enzo, F40, F50, F12tdf, 599 GTO, and GTO, will all be exhibited and participate in a parade. In addition, a special exhibition will be held for two highly valuable classic cars that have just been restored in Maranello: a 250 GT Berlinetta TdF and a 275 GT Berlinetta.

Ferrari 488 Pista. The Ferrari 488 Pista, the latest version of the special series of sports cars equipped with the V8 engine, which was just awarded the Engine of the Year 2018, will be unveiled for Japan in this event on Sunday.

J50. In 2016, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary since Ferrari was officially registered in Japan, the Maranello marque announced the creation of just ten units of the Ferrari J50 for Japanese customers only. During the Ferrari Racing Days, one of them that has just been delivered to the customer will be specially exhibited.