Monza, 4 April – Giacomo Stratta and Jacques Duyver were fastest in free practice for the Ferrari Challenge Europe round at Monza, with Sunday’s racing being free to attend for spectators. Stratta was surprisingly fastest of the Trofeo Pirelli drivers in a very closely matched session. The Forza Service driver is in the Amateur category and so he should have been slower than the Pros. This year’s series uses the 458 Challenge Evo and Stratta used his to set a time of 1.51.194, on the fourth of his 12 laps. He was 124 thousandths faster than Stefano Gai, the Rossocorsa Pro and 442 thousandths faster than Austria’s Philip Baron in the Octane 126 car.
Fourth was Dario Caso (Pro, Rossocorsa Pellin Racing). Among the Am runners, an impressive sixth overall for British driver Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari) and eighth for the baby driver of the series, the 20 year old Argentinian Ezequiel Perez Companc (Motor Piacenza).
Testing took place in the morning and in the first session these two drivers had posted faster times than the one Stratta did to take first place in free practice. Philipp Baron stopped the clocks in 1.50.856 ahead of Gai’s 1.51.092. Qualifying is at 9.55 while Race 1 is at 14.50. More of the same on Sunday with qualifying and the race.
Quickest in the Coppa Shell, Englishman Jacques Duyver in his Stratstone Ferrari lapped in 1.52.306. It was an impressive half a second quicker than the German Dirk Adamski (Saggio Racing Team) and almost nine tenths ahead of Italy’s Massimiliano Bianchi for Kessel Racing. In the Coppa Gentlemen, the spotlight shone on the veteran Erich Prinoth who was fourth overall in the 458 Evo entered by the Ineco-MP Racing team, ahead of team-mate Thomas Gostner and Dutchman Fons Scheltema for Kessel Racing. Qualifying is tomorrow at 11.15 with the race at 16.45