Prior to the Ferrari Racing Days weekend, domestic distributors Naza Italia had unveiled the Ferrari 458 Speciale for the super cars enthusiasts in the country. The 458 Speciale is updated in various departments; from powertrain to vehicle dynamics. In aerodynamics, the 458 Speciale receives the advanced active aerodynamics for the very first time, along with removable front and rear aero. elements. This translates to a more balanced downforce and an optimized drag reduction.
Ferrari enthusiasts gather in full force for the inaugural Ferrari Racing Days
Ferrari owners, club members and enthusiasts gathered in full force to support the first ever Ferrari Racing Days in this part of the region. Some lucky spectators even got to get up,close and personal with their favorite Ferrari variants, which included never-before-seen Ferrari FXX and 599XX.
Apart this truly memorable event there was also plenty of adrenalin fueled action along with stylish and enjoyable entertainment. Kicking off the day was another show from the three Formula 1 Clienti cars, that did several laps, perfectly recapturing the feeling of a Grand Prix. It means the spectators were able to enjoy the sight of two F2001s which Michael Schumacher had taken to the Formula One championship, as well as the F2007 with which Kimi Raikkonen became champion, all under the watchful eye of the Ferrari F1’s test driver, Marc Gene. After Formula 1, it was time for the cars in the XX programs to ramp up the action, as two FXX and seven 599XX cars thrilled spectators in the stands with the noise of the engines and their extreme performance.
Ferrari Racing Days represents Round 1 of the Ferrari 458 Challenge
The highlight of the day however was the second race of the Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge, run using the new Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO variant. Taking the wins were Steve Wyatt in the Trofeo Pirelli and David Tjiptobiantoro in the Coppa Shell. Once again, the actual overall winner was Max Blancardi, who was ineligible for the championship as he is part of the Pirelli Pro group. Wyatt, who had also taken pole position for the Trofeo Pirelli, made short work of the opposition, especially as Saturday’s winner, Philippe Prette found himself having a difficult day. Second was again Weng Sun Mok who beat the veteran Angelo Negro into third by almost two and a half seconds.
In the Coppa Shell, Tjiprtobiantoro, the Indonesian, scored a fantastic double, again starting from fourth on
the grid. He finished eighth overall and beat his closest pursuers by several seconds. There was yet another close fight for second on the podium between Paul Van Lohenhout who once again took the runner up spot by a whisker, this time beating Francis Hideki Onda.