GIDDINGS, HOLLFELDER ARE WINNERS, LESAFFRE AND PRICE CHAMPIONS AT ROAD AMERICA FERRARI HISTORICS (ELKHART LAKE, WI, AUG 8) Peter Giddings and Tom Hollfelder each took a pair of overall wins at the Ferrari/Maserati Racing Days event at Road ...
GIDDINGS, HOLLFELDER ARE WINNERS, LESAFFRE AND PRICE CHAMPIONS AT ROAD AMERICA FERRARI HISTORICS
(ELKHART LAKE, WI, AUG 8) Peter Giddings and Tom Hollfelder each took a pair of overall wins at the Ferrari/Maserati Racing Days event at Road America this weekend, but the real story was further back in the pack. Peter LeSaffre won his class in both Drum Brake Group of the Shell Ferrari/Maserati Historic Challenge, giving him the championship over defending champion Tom Price. Price retains the title of Champion, though; two victories in the Disc Brake Group gave him that championship for the 2005 season. Price became the first driver in the series ever to have scored championships in both groups.
Giddings, also a past champion, races a Maserati 250F Grand Prix car once driven by Sir Stirling Moss, and the combination proved to be the class of the Drum Brake group. In qualifying he was over six seconds faster than another past champion, Chuck Wegner in a Maserati 200 SI, and Giddings was never challenged for the victory in either race. Price, also in a 200 SI and LeSaffre, who races a 250 GT Tour de France, race in different classes in the group. They were in a virtual tie coming into the weekend, and while both won their classes in both races, series rules gave LeSaffre the title.
Hollfelder drives a modified Ferrari 512 M in the Disc Brake Group. The car was modified in 1971 by Ferrari engineer and driver Michael Parkes for the Scuderia Filipinetti, and has ever since been called a "512 F." Hollfelder had suffered fuel feed problems earlier in the season, and those recurred at Road America. A rebuild of the system in the paddock seemed to work, and Hollfelder easily won Saturday's race over past champion Todd Morici, in a 512 BB/LM some ten years newer than Hollfelder's 512 F. Hollfelder chose to start at the back or the pack for Sunday's race, but was in the lead by the second lap. This time Morici was able to stay with Hollfelder, and the pair plus Jim Fuchs, yet another former champion also in a 512 BB/LM, ran nose to tail to the checkered flag. Morici's fastest race lap was 2/10 second faster than the 512 F, and he took his second class win.
Both Price and LeSaffre race in the Disc Group as well, and in the same class. Each has a 250 Berlinetta -- LeSaffre a 1960 Competition SWB and Price GTO -- but Price was almost unbeatable during the season. Two class wins at Road America cemented his championship in the group. Michael Sheehan in a Competition Daytona took a class win, and John Goodman a pair of class wins in his ex-Paul Newman/Budweiser 308 GTB. Jim Fuchs and his crew from Motion Products received the Bose Award, presented by the sound products company to a driver who demonstrated the performance and spirit of the Historic Challenge.
The Shell Ferrari/Maserati Historic Challenge is organized by Ferrari North America. The Road America event was the final one for 2005, and FNA officials indicated that the schedule for the 2006 season would be announced in the next few weeks.