Sebring Update: Ferrari Challenge From the Track

Sebring Update: Ferrari Challenge From the Track


Update: From David Christian in the pits; Paul, Today in Coppa Shell Am was not great for Eric, but not bad either. He did not qualify that great, started 4th, went down to 7th and quickly realized that he needed to be more aggressive, so really got his race face on and made it back up to 4th at the end, just missing the podium. So, the word tomorrow is “no more mister nice guy”. He had fun and is still learning.

The race for the Top Step in Trofeo Pirelli, the highest class was great. Cooper MacNeil (WeatherTech) is usually a favorite to win, but had a misfire in his car that held him to 2nd. Thomas Tippi was 3rd with Benjamin Hites as overall winner. DC

Note: Ferrari Challenge North America. Ferraris battle in this epic single-make series. Ferrari owners compete using the 488 Challenge, a special racing model derived from the Ferrari 488 GTB road car.

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The race for the top step in Trofeo Pirelli, the highest class was great. Cooper MacNeil (WeatherTech) is usually a favorite to win, but had a misfire in his car that held him to second. Thomas Tippi was third with Benjamin Hites as overall winner.

The North American series of Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli made its way to Sebring International Raceway this weekend for the 2nd round of its 7 round Y 2019 calendar. 

51 drivers will take on the classic 3.74 mile, 17 turn circuit, starting with practice sessions Friday followed by qualifying and racing action on Saturday and Sunday.

Sebring’s place in the lore of sports car racing in North America began just 2 years after its opening with a 12 hour competition of endurance that became known as the 12 Hours of Sebring. 

Initially raced over the adjacent airfield, leveraging runways and taxiways, the circuit became known for its rough, changeable concrete surface and its utter lack of elevation change, a byproduct of the Florida topography. 

Held every year since Y 1952, the Sebring 12 Hour has become a benchmark for endurance sports car racing, both in the US and internationally, and the scene of a number of notable Ferrari sports car wins, with the first overall win coming in Y 1956 and the most recent overall win in the monstrous 333SP in Y1998.

This is the 1st time that Ferrari Challenge visits the south Florida circuit in the current decade, meaning many drivers will be unfamiliar with its particular characteristics. 

Two critical corners, Turn 1 and Turn 17 both have significant undulations and will require commitment and precision to navigate successfully. 

In Turn 1, the apex is not visible at the turn in point, and is right up against a concrete wall to the inside.  At track out, a surface change and narrowing of the course make for a difficult opening to the lap. 

Turn 17 offers a greater challenge, and larger bumps.  Drivers will arrive in 7th gear and will need to slow to 4th gear through a corner that has many correct lines.  It also has some of the worst bumps on the circuit, making power application extremely difficult. 

Watching the 488 Challenge car and Ferrari Challenge pilots navigate these 2 Turns will certainly be a highlight of the weekend.

Broadcast to Augment Challenge Experience.

The North American leg of Ferrari Challenge will be live streamed via for all stand-alone rounds going forwards in Y 2019. 

Drivers, family, friends and fans will be able to tune-in on on race day to see the racing schedule, and learn more about the Ferrari Challenge series and its participants.

It is still early in the series but some championship battles are coming into focus. 

In Trofeo Pirelli, Cooper MacNeil (Scuderia Corsa, Ferrari of Westlake) leads Benjamin Hites (The Collection) by 4 points.  The 2 swapped wins at COTA, and the rivalry will certainly continue for much of the season. 

In Trofeo Pirelli AM, Ziad Ghandour (Boardwalk Ferrari) has an 8 point lead, earned by winning Race 2 and taking pole position and fastest lap.  His nearest competitor, Todd Morici (Wide World Ferrari) is just 1 point ahead of Barry Zekelman (Ferrari of Ontario). 

In Coppa Shell, Danny Baker (Ferrari of Palm Beach) had a perfect weekend with 2 wins, and leads Mark Issa (Ferrari of Atlanta) by 8 points.  In Coppa Shell AM, Brian Davis (Ferrari of Palm Beach) also had a perfect weekend with 2 wins, while the results behind him were a bit mixed. 

Ian Campbell (Ferrari of New England) currently leads the charge, but sits 19 points back, and only one ahead of his nearest competitor, Eric Marston (Scuderia Corsa, Ferrari of Westlake).

Schedule: On track action begins Friday, with qualifying and racing on both Saturday and Sunday. 

The live stream will begin  at 9:30a Saturday and will conclude after the podium at 3:35p, and will recommence at 9:40a Sunday and end after the Sunday podium at 2:30p.

The iconic Italian Supercar manufacturer claimed the title according to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 2019 report launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Ferrari is the Aristocrat of the automotive sector.

HeffX-LTN overall technical outlook for RACE is Bullish across the board, and there is very little resistance here and none above 140.26. All of our Key indicators are Very Bullish in here.

Have a terrific weekend

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