Cheste (Valencia), 2 December – Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo Circuit hosted the last day of the Finali Mondiali Ferrari, the special event that offers fans from all over the world the chance to see the stars of all Ferrari’s sporting and amateur action. This morning Valencia saw the 458 Challenge cars in the European, Asia Pacific and North American series of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli battling on track for the world title. There were also some sessions for the FXX and the 599 XX cars in the development programme of the same name and for the historic cars run by Maranello’s F1 Clienti department. Among the activities of the intense programme on show to more than 30,000 people present, there was also an extraordinary parade of 20 historic cars that have been restored and certified by the Ferrari Classiche division.
Spectacular passing moves and action were the ingredients of the final races of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, which crowned the world champions in the three series. The victors received their trophies from the Scuderia’s drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa along with the Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo.
The race between the Trofeo Pirelli competitors saw the title go to Alessandro Balzan, who was already the European champion. Finishing behind the Ferrari Moscow driver in the order were Lorenzo Casè (Motor/Piacenza) and the Venezuelan Enzo Potolicchio (Ferrari Ft.Lauderdale), while among the gentleman drivers of the Coppa Shell the sought-after title went to Alexey Basov in the Ferrari run by the Russian team, who won the championship with a race to spare. Basov finished ahead of Raffaele Giannoni (Motor/Piacenza) and the duo of Daniele and Renato Di Amato (CDP). The racer who shone through in the Coppa Giovani was Patrick Gobbo (Rossocorsa/Pellin) while Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing) came out on top in the Coppa Gentleman. The intense round of competition was then followed by an extraordinary show by the stars of the Gran Turismo championships and the Scuderia Ferrari itself, who shared the wheel of the five cars which have written the history of the one-make Ferrari championship. The final act of the celebration saw Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso take to the track at the wheel of two F60s for the traditional end-of-year greeting. Sky Sport and Marca TV broadcast live the most important moments of the Finali Mondiali, while the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli races were shown in more than 60 countries throughout the world.