Saturday 24 March 2007
The Ferrari Challenge Dealer Team GB completed a successful start to the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli season with an excellent display in Qualifying and Race 1. The team has five cars, with two cars competing under the Team Vertu Racing banner and three cars in Ferrari Challenge Dealer team GB livery, driven by Ferrari clients who are taking part in the world’s most prestigious racing series for gentleman drivers.
The Team Vertu Racing drivers, Nathan Kinch in Car 27 and Jamie Constable in Car 152 qualified in 6th and 7th places, respectively, for Race 1 on Saturday afternoon. Nathan is racing in the Trofeo Pirelli category in a strong and very competitive field of 16 cars driven by some very experienced drivers, while Jamie is competing in the Coppa Shell category which has an incredible 37 cars on the grid.
During the Trofeo Pirelli Race 1 on Saturday, Nathan maintained his position and demonstrated an excellent turn of speed, with a fastest lap of 1’55.299 which was only 8/100ths of a second off the winning speed. Finishing in 6th place in his first Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli race, Nathan was pleased to have one race under his belt in a car which ran in very distinctive livery and is confident he will soon be challenging for podium finishes for Team Vertu Racing.
In the Coppa Shell Race 1, Jamie started well and was able to maintain the same pace as the leaders for the first half of the race, but the intense traffic caused by a packed grid of 37 cars meant he slipped down the field after a couple of spins, finishing in 19th place. For Race 2 on Sunday, Jamie started in 6th place and expected to be able to push further up the field with a car that is clearly competitive and ready to challenge for the lead.
The Ferrari Challenge Dealer Team GB’s three drivers in the Coppa Shell include some new drivers to the series: Daniel Weachter and Peer Slipsager in Car 153, and Yannick Mallegol and Jean Marc Bachelier in Car 154. For Race 1, Daniel Weachter qualified 24th out of the 37, with a very respectable time of 1’57.731 on Monza’s long 5.793km circuit, and for Race 2, 28th with a time of 1’59.227. Yannick Mallegol and Jean Marc Bachelier qualified an excellent 14th for Race 1, with Jean Marc’s very quick time of 1’56.877; Yannick qualified for Race 2 in 34th in his very first Ferrari Challenge race. Peter Bamford in Car 151 is starting his second year as a Ferrari Challenge Dealer Team GB driver and aims to build on his experience which he gained in 2006 to improve on both his qualifying and, crucially, his race finishing positions during the 2007 season.
In the paddock area, the Ferrari Challenge Dealer Team GB also hosted Ferrari clients and VIP guests to the new team hospitality units which really set the standard in the pitlane. In a unique and exciting marketing collaboration with Vertu, KitchenAid and Meridian, the team’s guests were able to spend the weekend in luxury, enjoying the finest Italian hospitality – with exquisite cuisine freshly prepared by KitchenAid’s guest chef, entertained by Meridian Audio’s state-of-the-art home entertainment systems, and provided with an opportunity to see Vertu’s incredible range of luxury, handcrafted mobile phones, including the very appropriate and exclusive limited edition Racetrack Legends Series which feature engravings of historical and significant motor racing circuits – including Monza! – on the phone’s titanium casing.Published 26 March 2007