Maranello, 14 May –Not long now until the second round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe, which runs from Friday to Sunday at the Mugello circuit. The season resumes a month after the first spectacular races at Monza and plenty of drivers fancy their chances of taking the lead in both classes of the Trofeo Pirelli, as the two in question won’t be taking part this weekend.
Leading the Trofeo Pirelli Pro is the Italian Stefano Gai (team Rossocorsa) thanks to one win and a third place, but he is absent. That leaves another Italian, Daniele Di Amato (Motor Piacenza) heading the list of those present on 31 points, while Dario Caso, who was on the podium in the first two races is on 28 and Austria’s Philipp Baron (Octane 126) is on 26. The race therefore should be very open and Baron will be aiming for the win, given that the rules handicap podium finishers from previous races, so that Di Amato will drop six places on the grid, while Caso moves back four.
When it comes to the leaders of the Trofeo Pirelli Am, there’s a similar situation to the Pro class, as the points leader after Monza is not taking part this weekend. Englishman Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari) has 32 points, but the highest placed runner in Mugello will be the young Argentinian, Ezequiel Perez Companc (Motor Piacenza) on 31, eight more than Italy’s Giacomo Stratta (Forza Service,) who won race 1 in Monza, but was eliminated from the second. Fourth in the classification is the Slovakian Tomas Kukucka (Scuderia Praha-Dino&Co.) Perez Companc starts with a four place grid penalty. In the video below you can watch the most exciting moments from the two Trofeo Pirelli races at Monza.