Maranello, 21 December - Next year’s calendar for the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli has recently been announced by the Corse Clienti Department and it features many new venues and the return of some old favourites. 2013 will mark the twenty first edition of the one-make series which continues to grow in terms of the number of entries, that come from many different countries and are neatly divided between the categories for gentleman drivers and those with more racing experience behind them.
The European series gets underway in Monza over the weekend of 7th April, for the first of seven rounds featuring two races each. As was the case in 2011, there will again be a non-championship event, when competitors in the European series will tackle just one race as a curtain raiser to the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours at the famous French track, over the weekend of 11th June. Back on the calendar are Brno (19th May) and Portimao (21st July,) which precedes the round at Hockenheim on 1st September, which also hosts the Ferrari Racing Days, the special event featuring activites organised by the department which looks after on-track events for owners of the marque.
The 2013 Ferrari Corse Clienti season actually gets underway officially at the end of January, with a prestigious first for competitors in the Stars and Stripes series as they tackle a single race as a support event to the 51st Daytona 24 Hours, which takes place from 24-27 January at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway. The Asia Pacific series will also kick off with a special event, this one at the Abu Dhabi circuit over the weekend of 10th May, when also taking part will be those owners involved in the special F1 and XX programmes.
As far as the sporting regulations are concerned, the European series will continue to run the Coppa Giovani category for younger entrants in the Trofeo Pirelli, while there is also a Coppa Gentleman for amateur drivers over 55. The qualifying system undergoes changes next year, with a handicap for the top three finishers in the two races, in the form of grid place penalties at the following round, to ensure a consistently high level of competition, with very close racing from start to finish.