The Ferrari Challenge Europa returns to Mugello
By: Ferrari S.p.A.
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By: Ferrari S.p.A.
|This weekend the European series of the Ferrari Challenge sets up camp at the Mugello circuit for round 3. The Tuscan circuit, owned by Ferrari since 1988, is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe and is now a regular date on the Ferrari one-make series calendar, and last November it hosted the World Finals, the special event that brings together on track all the main activities run by the Corse Clienti Department. At 5.245 kilometres in length and with its long main straight, Mugello poses an interesting technical challenge for both drivers and cars, while also offering up a great show for racing fans who can watch the busy race programme from the new central grandstand. No less than 41 drivers will take to the track in the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell categories. On Friday they tackle free practice, while Saturday is time for qualifying, with Sunday given over to the races themselves. Among the other activities are track sessions for Ferrari owners who can try their hand at the wheel of their own cars in the special 'Excitement on track' programme, while giving spectators the chance to see several models from the range in action. Going into this round, it's very tight in all categories: in the Trofeo Pirelli, Germany's Bjorn Grossmann (Ferrari Moscow) shares the lead with Niki Cadei, who is teamed up with Lorenza Case in the 458 Challenge car entered by Motor/Piacenza, both with 67 points. Third on 41 is Alessandro Balzan of Ferrari Moscow, who made his series debut at Imola, instantly becoming a front runner. Heading the Coppa Shell is another Ferrari Moscow driver, Alexey Basow on 58 points, just two ahead of Raffaele Giannoni (Motor/Piacenza) with Giacomo Stratta (Forza Service) on 6. Ferrari Moscow also leads the Coppa Giovani with Alexander Skryabin, while heading the Coppa Gentleman comfortably is Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing.)|