Abu Dhabi, 4 December –Four winners but it was a party for five in the penultimate round of this season’s Ferrari Challenge North America and APAC. In fact, in this category, there was only one title left to be decided, the Pirelli Pro APAC and it went in favour of Philippe Prette, the Hong Kong driver who managed to bring home enough points to put the title out of reach of Australia’s Steve Wyatt. The race win went to Max Blancardi, who finished ahead of the aforementioned Prette and Angelo Negro.
In the Coppa Shell, there was a surprise win for the Lebanese driver Tari Hanna, who clearly pleased to be close to home, took off, beating Vicente Floirendo from the Philippines and Australia’s Paul van Loenhout. Here, the title had been decided long ago by David Tjiptobiantoro.
There were few surprises in the two Challenge North America races, which were won by the men who had dominated the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell; Mexico’s Ricardo Perez and the American Chris Ruud. Perez came home ahead of the American Henrik Hedman and the Canadian John Farana. As for Ruud, he beat Canada’s Robert Herjavec and the American Darren Crystal. Tomorrow it all starts over with Race 2 which will be a warm-up for the race for the world title, which takes place on Saturday.