Wyatt, Van Loenhout and Yeo: a 14,000-kilometre trip in search of the title
Maranello, 26 October – Perhaps not everyone knows that New Zealand is the precise polar opposite of Italy, making it the country furthest from the Mugello circuit, venue of the Ferrari Finali Mondiali from 5 to 8 Nov. There are no New Zealand drivers enrolled, but three Australians are among the representatives of the 24 nations competing. The trio of Steve Wyatt, Paul Van Loenhout and Alan Yeo are now readying themselves for the 14,000 km trip. They are coming in pursuit of the world championship title, even though one of the three has another target besides.
APAC leader. Steve Wyatt, who has also raced for Ferrari in GT competitions, is an experienced driver, a huge Ferrari enthusiast and very loyal to the 458 Italia. Steve has a double goal at the Finali Mondiali. Like everyone he wants to be world champion, in his case in the Pirelli Am class, but first of all he needs to win the Trofeo Pirelli title in the Asia Pacific series where he is battling it out with Indonesia’s Renaldi Hutasoit and David Tjiptobiantoro.
The student. Then in the Coppa Shell there is Paul Van Loenhout, a frequent competitor in the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific, who this year has taken part, albeit sporadically, in the European series where he has won 17 points. His coach driver is Renato Loberto and his ambition is to play a leading role in the Finali Mondiali.
In search of glory. The third Australian, Alan Yeo, is also competing in the Coppa Shell but in the Asia Pacific championship. Alan is in 10th position in the standings but aims to climb towards the top of the table in the Barbagallo team’s 458 Challenge EVO. The best way to follow the adventures of the Australians is to come to the circuit from 5 to 8 Nov. Admission to Mugello is free. Just download the entry coupon at this link.