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Ferrari Racing Days in Istanbul – Ferrari Challenge at the heart of the action

Ferrari Racing Days in Istanbul – Ferrari Challenge at the heart of the action

Istanbul, 25 October - Today saw the start of the Ferrari Racing Days event in Istanbul, along with the penultimate European round of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, making its maiden appearance at Turkey’s Istanbul Park circuit. It’s a special weekend, given the many Ferrari enthusiasts the chance to experience all the excitement of the Prancing Horse marque throughout the weekend. Apart from the 458 Challenge EVO cars racing in the one-make series, there will also be some free practice sessions for cars in the XX and F1 Clienti Programmes, run by the Corse Clienti Department.
On the first day of racing, the winner in the Pro category in the first of two Trofeo Pirelli races was the German Bjorn Grossmann (Octane 126) making his return to the series at the Istanbul track. Next up were two Italians, Dario Caso driving for the Rossocorsa-Pelling Racing team and Rossocorsa’s Costantino Bertuzzi.

In the Am category, Am Vadim Gitlin (Kessel Racing) surprised everyone. The Russian was unstoppable, having started from the fourth row, finishing first, to take the overall win. Second was Argentina’s Ezequiel Perez Companc (Motor Piacenza,) third was Italy’s Giacomo Stratta (Forza Service.)

As for the Coppa Shell, victory went to Canadian Rick Lovat (Kessel Racing,) making up for a difficult weekend in Silverstone by also taking the race fastest lap in 2.03.163. There was a great battle for second place, which in the end went to Italy’s Max Bianchi (Kessel Racing) who produced a great drive up the order: he started from tenth and put on a thrilling show, with a run of passing moves that, with only a few laps remaining to the chequered flag, saw him take second off the Belgian Jacques Duyver (Motor Piacenza.)

The second Coppa Shell race starts tomorrow at 14.10, with the 458 Challenge Evo cars back on track for race 2 of the Trofeo Pirelli at 16.00.

Related contents: Dario Caso, Ezequiel Perez Companc, Giacomo Stratta, Istanbul, F1 Clienti, Ferrari Challenge, XX Programmes, Ferrari Challenge Europe, 458 Challenge EVO, FXX

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