Sunday 25 March 2007
It was another early start for the Ferrari Challenge Dealer Team GB on Sunday morning, with Nathan Kinch in Car 27 starting on the third row of the Trofeo Pirelli in the distinctive Team Vertu Racing livery for Race 2 of the first weekend’s Luxury Lifestyle Racing, the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli which started the season at the “Temple of Speed” in Milan.
In contrast to the previous day’s racing activities, Sunday morning in Milan was grey and damp, with Race 2 being declared a Wet race – meaning that the everyone’s qualifying times counted for little in the race because the qualifying sessions were conducted when the sun was shining and the track was dry. Switching to a fresh set of “wet” tyres, developed by Pirelli specifically for the Ferrari Challenge, Nathan battled with the spray caused by the front runners on a very high speed circuit but was never more than 0.5 second of the pace of the leaders, bringing the car home a very respectable 7th place in a difficult race.
The Ferrari Challenge Dealer Team GB was also represented in the Coppa Shell category, with Jamie Constable in Car 152 starting from a similar 6th place on the grid as his Team Vertu Racing team-mate, Nathan Kinch who competes in the Trofeo Pirelli. With a packed grid of 37 cars again for Race 2 on Sunday, Jamie had to contend with even greater amounts of spray, not only from the leading cars he was chasing hard, but also the slower traffic.
In only his second Ferrari Challenge race, Daniel Weachter in Car 153 showed impressive form by quickly moving up from his 28th starting position in Race 2 to finish a very credible 14th in an extremely wet race – with his lap times only 1 second off the leaders around the drenched 5.8km Monza circuit. Daniel quickly managed to get to grips with the 490hp Ferrari F430 Challenge and this bodes well for the team’s home race at Silverstone in early June, one of the fastest circuits on the calendar.
The duo of Yannick Mallegol and Jean Marc Bachelier struggled in the wet conditions but still managed to climb from a starting position of 34th to finish in 27th place and gain some valuable experience, not only on the track, but also in the pit lane as they practice driver changes during the compulsory 1 minute pit stop.
The Ferrari Challenge Dealer Team GB once again hosted several VIP Ferrari clients and guests in the new hospitality unit which was the envy of the paddock, with cookery demonstrations throughout the day from a resident Kitchen Aid chef, entertainment provided courtesy of Meridian Audio and a welcome presentation by Alberto Torres, President of Vertu, to inaugurate the new partnership of the four luxury brands working together to support the world’s most exclusive single-make championship, the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli.Published 26 March 2007