Scarperia, 6 November – The grand finale for the 2015 Ferrari Challenge season culminates this weekend at the Mugello Circuit, just north of Florence, Italy. Fifteen drivers hailing from the United States and Canada have traveled across the seas to compete in the championship round of the Finali Mondiali, racing in the finest spectacle of Prancing Horses brought to you by Ferrari’s Corse Clienti. The annual celebration brings together the drivers from the Ferrari Challenge series in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, as well as the F1 Clienti and XX Programmes. The fifteen drivers from North America represent one of the largest field of drivers from the series to travel to the Finali Mondiali. Having just come from NOLA Motorsports Park last month in Louisiana, they’re geared up for the final race of the season.
Trofeo Pirelli. Emmanuel Anassis (Ferrari of Quebec), former North American Ferrari Challenge champion, has had an unforgettable season. Standing on the podium at each race, the Canadian continued to maintain his ground as the points leader of his class, with 226 points. But that hasn’t stopped the chase as Gregory Romanelli (The Collection) follows swiftly behind. Romanelli more recently took the victory in NOLA, leading him to 156 points coming into the championship. Romanelli will be racing alongside his older brother, Arthur (The Collection), who runs in the Trofeo Pirelli Am class. John Farano (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) closes the gap standing in third place with 136 points.
Trofeo Pirelli Am. Mike Zoi (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) and Anthony Imperato (Ferrari of Long Island) both hold the lead in the championship points for their class. With just an 8 points standing between them, Zoi with 189 and Imperato with 181, the race action this weekend will be sure to entice. James Weiland (Ferrari of San Francisco) makes his second return to the Finali Mondiali and currently stands in third with 133 points.
Coppa Shell. The most exciting action the North American Ferrari Challenge remains among the drivers from the Coppa Shell class. Throughout the season, we’ve seen the top four championship points leaders tightly contend one another. Currently, Jean-Claude Saada (Boardwalk Ferrari) hold the lead with 180 points. Behind him are Joe Courtney (Miller Motor Cars) with 178 points, Dan O’Neal (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) with 165 points, and rookie Chris Cagnazzi (Ferrari of Long Island) with 162 points. Only 18 points separate the leader with his three rivals, making for an interesting finale round here in Mugello.
Schedule. The racing action begins today with the first round of qualifying at 9:30 AM and Race 1 at 1:05 PM. Another round of qualifying and Race 2 are reserved for Saturday when the championship will be decided. All the drivers will be back on track on Sunday competing for the World Championship title with individual races for the Trofeo Pirelli (divided between Pirelli and Pirelli AM) and Coppa Shell.