Ever darker skies meant that the headlights were on for the first race of round 7 of the European Ferrari Challenge championship. Packing the largest grid of the three regions in attendance, 46 cars, all but three of which are the new 488 Challenge car, took the green flag at 16:45. Interrupted by one caution and a last lap incident that scrambled the rear portion of the field, what initially began as a straightforward but tense affair, soon turned dramatic.
Trofeo Pirelli. Nicklas Nielsen (Formula Racing) took the win in Trofeo Pirelli after securing the lead at the first corner of the first lap. Despite never enjoying a gap much beyond one second, he held firm and delivered the win over Fabio Leimer (Octane 126) and Philipp Baron (Rossocorsa). In what was mostly a tense affair due to the tight margins involved, Nicklas was able to also set the fastest lap of the race, as well as for the day overall at 1:52.6.
Trofeo Pirelli AM. Jens Liebhauser (Formula Racing), claimed victory in the Trofeo Pirelli AM class. Despite the gap being split by another Trofeo Pirelli car, Jens was only able to claim the victory by less than a second over Martin Nelson (Scuderia Autoropa). Fortunately, they were both ahead of the last lap chaos that shook up the field. An aggressive move into the carousel corner led to a bit of light contact, and two cars spinning. With the majority of the field caught behind, chaos ensued as cars dodged left right and center to avoid. In the scramble, additional cars went off track and lost time, or spun themselves. In the end, it was Robin Jensen who claimed the third step on the podium.
Coppa Shell. Johnny Laursen (Formula Racing) claimed a championship earning victory in Race 1, beating his key challengers Henry Hassid (Charles Pozzi) and Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing). Caught in the middle of the last lap incident, Johnny was able to sneak through unscathed while the Coppa Shell field scattered, leaving Erich Prinoth (Ineco – MP Racing) and Fabienne Wohlwend (Octane 126) to round out the podium.
458 EVO. The shrunken 458 EVO field acquitted itself well, with Holger Harmsen (Lueg Sportivo), Kriton Lendoudis (Formula Racing) and Galip Atar (Octane 126) comprising both the entire field as well as the podium.
Schedule. The final race of the European Championship of Ferrari Challenge will take place on Saturday at 14:30, again at the Mugello Circuit.