Finali Mondiali Ferrari - An exciting Friday. Close action in the Coppa Shell races. Historic Ferrari F1 cars on track and Alessandro Balzan is celebrating his victory.
Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli series were in action today at the Ricardo Tormo circuit for a second qualifying session and the first races. As usual, the racing was of a very high standard and saw the first champion of the weekend crowned, as Alessandro Balzan (Ferrari Moscow) did enough to take the crown in the European Trofeo Pirelli.
In qualifying for those in all three series, European, North American and Asia-Pacific of the Trofeo Pirelli, the fastest time overall was set by Venezuela's Enzo Potolicchio and in the European Coppa Shell, fastest was Giacomo Stratta (Forza Service) followed by Francisco Guedes and Raffaele Giannoni for Motor/Piacenza, with Hong Kong driver Alex Au coming out on top out of the gentleman drivers in the Nord America and Asia Pacific series.
The tempo increased in the afternoon with the first races, which were action packed featuring plenty of overtaking. In the Trofeo Pirelli for all three series, Race 1 saw the win go to Alessandro Balzan (Ferrari Moscow) ahead of Stefano Gai (Rossocorsa) and Lorenza Case (Motor/Piacenza.) The win was enough to give Balzan the European title at the end of a victory packed season.
The Coppa Shell (North America + Asia Pacific) also produced a tight battle for the top places, with Jim Booth (Ferrari of Atlanta) first across the line ahead of Alex Au and Paul Van Loenhout (Ferrari of Australia), while in the very competitive European division, a stellar performance came from Raffaele Giannoni (Motor/Piacenza), first ahead of the man who already has the title, Alexey Basov (Ferrari Moscow) and Spanish Rossocorsa driver Jaime Font.