Lime Rock, CT., July 12. Doug Peterson continued his 2003 Championship chase by winning the featured Ferrari Challenge race at Lime Rock Park's "Ferrari Racing Days" this weekend, but newcomer Emmanuel Anassis has moved into contention for the ...
Lime Rock, CT., July 12. Doug Peterson continued his 2003 Championship chase by winning the featured Ferrari Challenge race at Lime Rock Park's "Ferrari Racing Days" this weekend, but newcomer Emmanuel Anassis has moved into contention for the title with his win over Peterson in the preliminary race. Jim Kenton, a former Champion and strong contender for the 2003 title as well, finished third in both races.
Peterson, driving for the Shelton Sports Cars team, had qualified on pole for the 30 minute race held on Friday. He took an immediate lead, but Anassis (who had started alongside on the front row) stalked Peterson for 19 laps before finally getting by in the Esses. Anassis, who raced for the Ferrari of Quebec dealership team, set the fastest race lap of the weekend during the chase. Kenton, from the Ferrari of Washington team, completed the podium.
Results from the first race were used to set the grid for Saturday's feature (no racing is permitted at Lime Rock Park on Sundays.) Anassis started on pole, but that was the last time he led. Peterson timed his start perfectly and beat Anassis to "Big Bend," the first turn, then steadily pulled away to a 14 second margin at the end of the 45 minute race. Anassis easily held off Kenton, who had little trouble in finishing third.
Drivers in the Ferrari 360 Challenge compete in specially built racing versions of the Ferrari 360 Modena, with preparation and race support handled by teams formed by authorized Ferrari dealers in North America. The next event in the series will be at Texas World Speedway, on September 19-21, with the final event in the 2003 season held as part of the World Finals in Mugello, Italy in October.