New Country Competizione had a successful weekend in Homestead with two podium finishes in the Ferarri Challenge of North America Trofeo Pirelli Am category, and a firm grip on the championship lead of the Trofeo Pirelli category.
Running five cars in total, New Country Competizione was happy to welcome Ross Chouest to the roster who won his first ever Ferrari Challenge race and found himself on the podium again after placing third in race two. Chouest’s finish in race one marked one of the most memorable highlights of the weekend as he made his pass for the lead in his Ferrari of Palm Beach 488 Challenge car on the final lap.
Peter Ludwig struggled with tire degradation throughout the entire weekend, but that didn’t stop him from defending his championship lead. Finishing fourth in both races keeps Ludwig and his #11 Ferrari 488 Challenge car in the top spot of Ferrari Challenge of North America with a gap of five points.
Todd Morici had his third race weekend with New Country Competizione in the #72 Ferrari 488 in the Trofeo Pirelli Am class. Morici had a very strong showing in race one with a sixth place finish. Pushing hard in race two, Morici went off the track, but was able to continue and claim another sixth place finish.
Coming off a great performance in Austin, Texas, Danny Baker was competitive in both races in the #221 458 Challenge EVO. Finishing in the top ten, Baker claimed fifth place in race one and eight in race two. Also in the EVO class, Matt Brown had his first race ever and drove the #227 458 Challenge car. Brown got in some competitive laps and built great race experience while keeping his nose clean all weekend.
New Country Competizione has found great success in the North American portion of the 2017 championship. Now, Ferrari Challenge heads to Mugello, Italy for the grand finale of the season. Peter Ludwig will hit the pavement in Italy starting October 25th.
Peter Ludwig – Driver #11
“We struggled with our tires consistency over the weekend and that affected our performance in the races. I am glad we kept the championship lead though and I hope we’ll confirm our participation in Mugello in the coming days to have a fair chance of wrapping the title there”.
Ross Chouest – Driver #25
“I thoroughly enjoyed my first weekend racing Ferrari Challenge with New Country Competizione racing team. The car only recently arrived in the U.S. last week and the team did an excellent job preparing the car in a very short time for Homestead. With the help of my driving coach, Aaron Povoledo, Tim Neff, and Eric Bachelart we were able to quickly make adjustments to the setup of the car and allow me to finish P1 in my first race and P3 in my second race. I look forward to Daytona and racing the 2018 Season with New Country Competizione.”
Todd Morici – Driver #72
“After not being in Miami for quite some time, there were no significant changes in the track with the exception of the outrageously high humidity and temperatures which were difficult for tire management. I struggled with the setup of the car and in fact I think we went the wrong way with the suspension adjustments. I had better time by over a second with the original set up we started with. I felt good after the finish of my first race, P6 overall, and while I struggled with a very loose car, I had great results. The second race didn’t go quite as well. There was a major crash on the first lap first corner. Fortunately it was behind me and no one was hurt but my result was far worse finishing well in the back of the pack only after my traction control system failed and prevented me from exiting the corners with any sustainable speed. The traction control would stop the car from accelerating quickly but it was great to practice in these conditions. A big thank you to my Team New Country Competizione.
Matt Brown – Driver #277
“Expectations of my first race; be committed, be consistent and finish. Now, there’s only one direction to go from this point; up in placing.”
Eric Bachelart – Team Manager
“Our team keeps on growing and everybody did a really good job in Homestead. Ross was truly impressive and we could not have dreamt of a better start. Matt Brown discovered the series as well and he did really well, especially considering it was his first race weekend ever. Danny has been improving all season long and he is a strong contender amongst the 458 category. Todd was fighting really hard in race one while he was under a lot of pressure from competitors behind him. Peter kept his championship lead, but unfortunately he did not manage to go back on the podium as he struggled with heavy tire degradation all weekend long. This season has been a lot of fun with fantastic team work and incredible support from the New Country Motor Cars group.”
Source. New Country Competizione