Monza, 5 April – The European series of the Ferrari Challenge, with all competitors at the wheel of the 458 Evo, began with a really exciting race. Race 1 of the Trofeo Pirelli was won by the Italian Stefano Gai, driving for the Rossocorsa team that was able to set a stunning Grand Slam having obtaines pole position and fastest lap winning the race leading from start to finish. The winner took the flag ahead of the Austrian Philipp Baron (team Octane 126). In a solitary third place was Dario Caso (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing). Good fourth Di Amato, able to recover after a bad start.
There was another close fight in the Pirelli Am category, won by Giacomo Stratta, who did a great job in the Forza Service 458 Evo, to finish 5th overall. Second in the category was the baby Argentinian (just 20 years old) Ezequiel Perez Companc (Motor Piacenza) who had a hard fought battle to beat Slovakian Tomas Kukucka (Scuderia Prah-Dino&Co).
Tomorrow, the show starts all over again with the second race of the season, which should give an indication as to whether today’s front runners could be season long contenders. Start time is 14.05 and excitement is guaranteed.