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Ferrari Challenge – Prette and Tjiptobiantoro victorious in Sepang

Ferrari Challenge – Prette and Tjiptobiantoro victorious in Sepang

Sepang, 22 February – Philippe Prete from Hong Kong and the Indonesian David Tjiptobiantoro took first blood in the Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge series, winning the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell respectively at the Sepang circuit, Malaysia. The circuit was hosting the Ferrari Racing Days event, the first time one has been staged on Asian soil. Actually first past the chequered flag was Italy’s Max Blancardi, but he is not registered in the championship, as he is part of the Pirelli Pro group. There was a great scrap for the Trofeo Pirelli honours with Prette wheel to wheel with the Singaporean Weng Sun Mok for many laps before coming out on top by a mere 171 thousandths. Third was the Australian Steve Wyatt.
David Tjiptobiantoro put on a great show in the Coppa Shell, having already surprised everyone with a fourth place overall on the grid. The Indonesian was sixth overall and finished a long way ahead of his main rivals. However, behind him there was a close battle for second place, with Australia’s Paul Van Lohenhout and Thailand’s Voravud Bhirombhakdi scrapping to the line which they crossed almost together just 191 thousandths apart. Tomorrow morning comes second qualifying and in the early afternoon the race.
In between the Ferrari Challenge qualifying and race, the other Ferrari Racing Days activities entertained the spectators packed into the Sepang grandstands, who, on three occasions, were able to watch the three Formula 1 cars run by the Cliente, shooting past at full speed, as well as the cars from the XX programmes and the 458 Italia GT3, run by the Naza team. Tomorrow the day will end with the biggest ever parade of Ferrari cars ever staged in Malaysia.

Related contents: Sepang, F1 Clienti, Ferrari Challenge, XX Programmes, F1 Clienti, Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific, XX Programmes, FXX, 599XX

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