Sonoma, 28 April – The third race of the 2013 North American Ferrari Challenge took place at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California’s world famous wine country. Ferrari owners and fans delighted in the gathering of 150 Maranello-made cars on show under beautiful blue California skies at the historic Sonoma circuit.
Some extraordinary cars were brought together for the occasion thanks to the support of Ferrari San Francisco and Ferrari Silicon Valley including an Enzo, a 250 GT, a spectacular yellow Dino and a 275 GTS on show to the delight of fans. The Fiat 500 Abarth autocross as well as a F1 racing simulator added an extra element of racing fun for those in attendance.
In racing action, the twenty-nine 458 Challenge drivers took advantage of the perfect conditions on the 2.55 mile eleven-turn road course, a challenging track given the numerous elevation changes. Today featured the final legs in the two classes, with some hard racing all the way to the flag.
A late yellow flag brought an additional thrilling toward the end of the race. In the Trofeo Pirelli category, the win ultimately went to Carlos Kauffmann (Auto Gallery), who followed up a strong performance in Saturday’s race with the win today.
Kauffmann was joined on the podium by Mark McKenzie (Ferrari of Houston) and Emmanuel Anassis (Ferrari of Quebec) after an hard-fought battle with Onofrio Triarsi (Ferrari of Central Florida), who finished fourth.
Of the Coppa Shell drivers, Jon Becker (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) ended on the top step of the podium, beating Brent Lawrence (Ferrari of San Diego) at the line. Lawrence had to settle for the runner up slot while the battle for third
ended in favour of Marc Muzzo (Ferrari of Ontario). This was an exciting finish to add to Saturday’s race winners, John Farano (Autogallery) for the Trofeo Pirelli and Brent Lawrence (Ferrari of San Diego) for Coppa Shell.
The fourth round of the North American series of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli will take place at the Canadian Grand Prix F1 in Montreal over the weekend of June 7-9.