Shanghai, June 2 – Over 25,000 visitors flocked to the Chinese circuit of Shanghai this weekend to enjoy the Ferrari Racing Days at the F1 circuit where Fernando Alonso delivered Scuderia Ferrari’s first win of the 2013 F1 season in April.
The highlight of the Sunday was the third race of 2013 APAC Challenge with 32 drivers participating. Victory in Race 1 of the Trofeo Pirelli went to Ringo Chong, ahead of Pasin Lathouras and Alain Li. As for the gentleman drivers in the Coppa Shell, Eric Cheung took the win, crossing the line ahead of Gregory Teo and Junhan Zhu.
In the afternoon race Chong took a second win, beating Li and Philippe Prette, into second and third respectively. Coming out on top in the Coppa Shell Race 2 was again Cheung with David Tjiptobiantoro second and Teo taking third.
In the championship for International drivers the first victory went to Max Blancardi by almost three seconds. In the second race a controversial move by Blancardi saw leader Keita Sawa tapped into a spin and limp home in seventh position. However the Stewards gave Blancardi a penalty with the win going to Sawa.
The F1 show was provided by Ferrari test driver Marc Gené, who wowed the crowds with laps in his F10 284 2010 Formula 1 car before he lit up the tyres in an impressive doughnut display.
More than 270 Ferraris from China and Asia Pacific gathered at the festival and their owners enjoyed the ultimate driving experience with the support from Ferrari instructors, who explained to the drivers how to get the most out of their cars while driving in controlled and safe conditions.
Off track there were numerous entertainment and customer experience programs around the paddock, ranging from electric cars for kids to an F1 Tyre changing demonstration, stage performances and even a movie cinema screening, all of which brought the Ferrari life-style to all visitors.
Ferrari has been promoting safe driving all around the world, by offering the best training course ‘Corso Pilota’ to Ferrari owners, also for the children, an activity called “Safe Ride - Safe Kids” took place in the paddock, which aims to enhance both children’s and parents’ knowledge of road safety.