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Ferrari Challenge NA – Ross Chouest Wins Dramatic Trofeo Pirelli AM Championship – Hites Takes Overall Win

Ferrari Challenge NA – Ross Chouest Wins Dramatic Trofeo Pirelli AM Championship – Hites Takes Overall Win

3 November 2018

Monza – Ross Chouest (Ferrari of Palm Beach) claimed the last undecided championship in the North American series with his third place finish in the Trofeo Pirelli AM category. As the sun fell on the Monza Temple of Speed, the North American circuit was able to fit slicks and use them to their full affect in the 30-minute sprint. The sun had long set by the time the last of the champagne was sprayed as the podiums of all three classes reveled in a well-enjoyed season.

Trofeo Pirelli. Cooper MacNeil (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari Beverly Hills) elected to sit out the final race of the year, having already secured his place at the top of the championship rankings and saving the car for the Finali Mondiali on Sunday. This left the field open for Peter Ludwig (Wide World Ferrari) and Benjamin Hites (The Collection). A jump-start, however, meant that Peter had to serve a drive-through penalty, leaving Benjamin Hites to claim the win. James Weiland (Boardwalk Ferrari) and Jean-Claude Saada (Boardwalk Ferrari) rounded out the podium.

Trofeo Pirelli AM. By far the greatest drama and greatest stakes of the race were found in the Trofeo Pirelli AM category. Rob Hodes (Scuderia CAVA – Ferrari of Washington) had to recover a three-point deficit to Ross Chouest (Ferrari of Palm Beach), and thus had to finish ahead of him on the road to claim his championship. After Ross was able to eeke ahead, Rob made a mis-judged move into the first chicane and made contact with Ross causing him to spin. The stewards ruled that this was avoidable conflict and Rob had to serve a drive through, ending his championship ambitions. Murray Rothlander (Ferrari of Vancouver) took the top step of the podium, having started in 8th overall, and 4th in class.  John Boyd (Ferrari of Denver) took second and Rob was able to salvage the bottom step of the podium.

Coppa Shell. Mark Fuller (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari Westlake) took the win over Thomas Tippl (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari of Beverly Hills), passing the Coppa Shell champion on the track in the waning laps of the race. Chis Carel (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari of Beverly Hills) made the podium an all Scuderia Corsa affair, claiming the third step.

Coppa Shell AM. Brian Simon (Cauley Ferrari) did an excellent job to finish 9th overall and first in the Coppa Shell AM category, just four seconds off of Thomas Tippl and Mark Fuller’s pace. Ted Giovanis (Scuderia CAVA – Ferrari of Washington) claimed the second step while John Megrue (Ferrari of Long Island) took third.

Schedule. This race concluded the North American leg of the Ferrari Challenge. The Finali Mondiali will take place on Sunday starting at 9.00 for Coppa Shell AM, 10.35 for Coppa Shell and 12.55 for Trofeo Pirelli and Trofeo Pirelli AM