Peterson wins at Road Atlanta Ferrari Challenge BRASELTON, GA (May 16). The Ferrari Challenge at Road Atlanta this weekend offered the classic battle between youth and age, and in both races age and experience triumphed. Doug Peterson, a...
Peterson wins at Road Atlanta Ferrari Challenge
BRASELTON, GA (May 16). The Ferrari Challenge at Road Atlanta this weekend offered the classic battle between youth and age, and in both races age and experience triumphed. Doug Peterson, a driver who has been in strong contention for the championship for the past two years, took pole position and a pair of victories, but 18 year old Jeff Segal gave Peterson all the competition he could handle.
In the first race, held Saturday afternoon, Segal used his front row starting position to take the lead over pole-sitter Peterson going into Road Atlanta's uphill Turn One. Segal led for the first two laps of the 30 minute race, but Peterson retook the lead on lap three, and while Segal was able to stay on Peterson's rear bumper he was never again able to get by, and had to settle for second place. Emanuel Anassis, who had won the series' first two races at the Infineon Raceway earlier in the year, took the final podium position. Kurt Buchwald and Todd Morici finished out the top five. Morici's car is entered by Motorola, presenting sponsor for the North American Ferrari Challenge.
The grid for the 45 minute Sunday race was set by Saturday's results, so Peterson and Segal again shared the front row. Anassis joined the pair to go three-wide into Turn One, but this time Peterson took the lead. By the end of lap two Segal was in front, and the young driver led the next 14 laps. Peterson then moved inside as the pair headed into the first turn to retake the lead, and while Segal, Anassis, and Buchwald trailed closely, Peterson led to the end. His margin of victory was just over eight seconds.
In addition to the Motorola trophies for first, second and third places and a special Pirelli award to Peterson for winning, series sponsors Bose and Piaggio Aero presented awards each day to drivers who best demonstrated the spirit of the Ferrari Challenge. Kurt Buchwald and Patrice Brisebois received the awards on Saturday, with Michael Louli and Bill Jennings II recognized on Sunday.
As a result of his earlier wins and podium finishes at Atlanta, Anassis leads the championship standings.
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 Ferrari Challenge series will be on June 13, when the series serves as the support race for the Canadian Grand Prix.