Tokyo, 13th September 2014 – The fifth round of the 2014 Ferrari Challenge AsiaPacific opened today at Fuji Speedway in Japan. Race 1 excited and delighted visitors at Ferrari Racing Days today, which brought enthusiastic fans from across the country.
Hundreds of fans filled the grandstand and paddock of Fuji Speedway to witness 22 Challenge drivers competing in the thrilling race with the 458 Challenge Evoluzione launched this year.
Race 1 was led by Max Blancardi from Monaco in the Pirelli Pro classification who took the conquered flag of the Trofeo Pirelli while in the Pirelli classification of experienced drivers saw an exciting competition, with Philippe Prette from Hong Kong, taking the honours in Race 1 with an impressive race time of 31:51.306, crossing the finish line ahead of Steve Wyatt from Australia who came in a close second, followed by Ringo Chong in third place.
For the newcomers in the Coppa Shell class, Paul van Loenhout recorded an amazing win in 32:14.182, David Tjiptobiantoro from Indonesia was ranked second place and Vicente Floirendo in third place, crossing the line only 0,06 seconds behind.
The drivers will race again tomorrow for Race 2, which is scheduled at 1.25PM local time.
Ferrari Challenge is one of the only competitive races and also one of the most popular one-make series in the world, where over 2,400 drivers have raced from over 40 different countries since 1993. The Asia Pacific region has joined the race since 2011 and this is the 4th sporting season in 2014.