The Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli made a thrilling debut on the high banking of the Daytona International Speedway in support of the 24 Hours at Daytona. Saturday morning’s race was run under cloudier skies, but less wind than earlier in the weekend. Drivers took the green flag just a few minutes past 9:30 and raced hard for thirty minutes. Fierce competition marked the thirty minute race with some podium winners earned penalties for their driving tactics.
Trofeo Pirelli. Peter Ludwig (Wide World Ferrari) took the top step of the podium in the Trofeo Pirelli class after a late braking maneuver took him past pole-sitter Cooper MacNeil (Ferrari of Silicon Valley). Cooper did his best to keep Peter honest, but besides late drama with a back-marker, Peter was able to hold on for the win. James Weiland (Boardwalk Ferrari) took his second podium of the weekend as well in a distant third.
Trofeo Pirelli AM – Rob Hodes took the top step of the podium in the Trofeo Pirelli AM class in his Ferrari of Vancouver 488 Challenge car. Rob was able to take a fairly comfortable victory after contact between Dave Musial (Lake Forest Sportscars) and Alfred Caiola (Ferrari of Long Island) sent Alfred back to 9th in class and earned Dave a post-race time penalty. Barry Zekelman (Ferrari of Ontario) and Osvaldo Gaio (Miller Motorcars) were promoted to second and third place respectively.
Coppa Shell – The Coppa Shell class results were marred by post-race penalties, most importantly to Mark Fuller of Ferrari of Westlake. While Mark was first to cross the line, a driving infraction meant a 10 second penalty dropped him back in the order. That advanced Brian Kaminskey (Ferrari of Long Island) to the top step of the podium with Chris Carel (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) and Robert Picerne (Ferrari of Central Florida) to second and third respectively.
Coppa Shell AM – Thomas Tippl (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) took his first ever victory in his first Ferrari Challenge weekend at the Daytona International Speedway, holding off his rival, Dale Katechis (Miller Motorcars) by two seconds. Brian Simon of Cauley Ferrari of Detroit finished in third position.
The cool but sunny weather continued from the morning qualifying session into Race 1 of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli at Daytona International Speedway. Having just set the grid for Race 2, drivers had a short break before preparing to do battle in the late morning.
Trofeo Pirelli. Cooper MacNeil (Ferrari Silicon Valley) took victory in his first of three races at Daytona International Speedway. Cooper will be racing not only in the Ferrari Challenge this weekend, but also in the 24 Hours at Daytona. He held off a strong charge from Peter Ludwig (Wide World Ferrari) who maintained a close gap and even took the fastest lap of the race (1:47.962), until backing off at the end. James Weiland completed the podium in his Boardwalk Ferrari 488 Challenge car.
Trofeo Pirelli AM. Alfred Caiola returned to Ferrari Challenge after a hiatus and started his season off with a win in the Trofeo Pirelli AM category. Driving his Ferrari of Long Island powered 488 Challenge Car, Alfred took the win by only two tenths of a second over the hard charging Dave Musial (Lake Forest Sportscars). Rob Hodes (Ferrari of Washington) completed the podium with third place.
Coppa Shell. Michael Fassbender (Ferrari North America) took his first victory in Ferrari Challenge in the Coppa Shell class with a charging drive after starting in fourth position. Once taking the lead from Brian Kaminskey (Ferrari of Long Island), Michael went to work establishing a gap over his nearest rivals. However, Chris Carel (Ferrari Westlake) soon made it by Brian and began closing the gap. He soon ran out of time, however, and had to settle for second, while Brian rounded out the podium in third.
Coppa Shell AM. John McGrue (Ferrari of Long Island) took his first victory in Ferrari Challenge and set his season off to a great start. John was able to get a couple of Coppa Shell cars between himself and second place Jason McCarthy (Wide World Ferrari) while Brian Simon (Cauley Ferrari of Detroit) rounded out the podium in third.