Monza inaugurates Ferrari Challenge Europe
Ferrari Challenge Europe, with all competitors driving the 458 Evo, started with some really exciting races. Race 1 of the Trofeo Pirelli was won by the Italian Stefano Gai for Rossocorsa. The Italian driver has been able to set a stunning Grand Slam having scored pole position, fastest lap and winning the race leading from the start to the finish. The winner took the checkered flag ahead of the Austrian Philipp Baron (team Octane 126). In a solitary third place was Dario Caso (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing). Good fourth Daniele Di Amato, able to recover after a bad start. There was another close fight in the Pirelli Am category, won by Giacomo Stratta, who did a great job in the Forza Service 458 Evo, to finish 5th overall. Second in the category was the young Argentinian (just 20 years old) Ezequiel Perez Companc (Motor Piacenza) who had a hard fought battle to beat Slovakian Tomas Kukucka (Scuderia
In the second Trofeo Pirelli race victory went to Di Amato, who was unbeatable driving his Motor Piacenza 458 Challenge Evo. The Roman driver was in total command of the situation after an early duel with Baron, then excluded by a puncture. Once he pulled away, Di Amato did a good job of controlling the race. Second was Caso, who overtook Gai on the last straight having been slowed by a puncture. In the Pirelli Am battle, Sam Smeeth, driving for the Stratstone Ferrari team dominated the race. Behind him the was a great duel between the Motor Piacenza drivers
Alexander Moiseev and Perez Companc. The battle was won, in the last lap, by the Argentinian.
In top spot championship classification after two races is Stefano Gai, but he’s going to leave the series to concentrate on Endurance racing. So the real leader is Di Amato that leads over Dario Caso. In the Pirelli Am category, the leader after one weekend of racing is Perez Companc.
Excitement, spectacle and thrills also in the first Coppa Shell and Coppa Gentlemen race of the season. Dominating the first round was Dirk Adamski at the wheel of the Saggio Racing Team 458 Evo. Second place went to Italian Massimiliano Bianchi (Kessel Racing) that crossed the line just 0.359 behind the leader. Third place went to Belgian Jacques Duyver (Stratstone Ferrari) who finished with a delay just under three seconds. Poleman’s race Erich Prinoth was ruined at the start when the Italian lost first place to Adamski and went off the track at the Roggia
chicane. As for the Coppa Gentlemen, for drivers over 55, victory went to the Canadian driver Rick Lovat, fourth overall, in the Kessel Racing entered car, beating Dutch team mate Fons Scheltema (fifth) and the Italian Thomas Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing).
An exciting second race also among those chasing the win in the Coppa Shell. Victory went to Dutch Scheltema. Second
place went to Bianchi, third was Swedish Christian Kinch. Scheltema won also in the Coppa Gentlemen beating Gostner and Lovat.
Leading the Coppa Shell classification after two races is Bianchi, followed by Scheltema. In the Coppa Gentlemen, Scheltema has the most points. The next round takes place at Mugello from 16 to 18 May.