Daytona, 3 December 2016 – With the second race of the Coppa Shell, the three Ferrari Challenge one-make series championships were concluded at the Daytona International Speedway. The final race treated fans to plenty of unexpected drama that forced race direction to send out the Safety Car on more than one occasion.
Coppa Shell Europe. There were more than forty cars on the grid on the first afternoon at the International Speedway for a race that proved to be a spectacular one with great duels. Performing particularly well was Rick Lovat (Kessel Racing), who unleashed the grit that had earned him victory in January, when the Speedway race was the venue for the Daytona 24 Hours. The Italian-Canadian, who has now taken home the over-55 drivers’ Coppa Gentlemen, beat Vladimir Hladik, in the spotlight again after his win at Le Mans, and Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing) who, in addition to the third place trophy, also received an Amalgam model of his 458 Challenge EVO as an award for having the best livery of the season, a design that has by now become famous with the shark teeth on the front, always a distinctive trait of “The Shark” in the race.
Coppa Shell APAC. With champion Liang Wang absent and Hu Nan substituting for him today in the CTF Beijing car, Japanese driver Ken Seto was the surprise of the day, getting the upper hand in the Asia Pacific championship. The Rosso Scuderia Tokyo driver literally dominated the race, finishing with a gap of more than five seconds ahead of Min Xiao and more than 15 ahead of Hu Nan.
Coppa Shell North America. Another somewhat unexpected win was taken by Rob Hodes (Ferrari of Washington), who dominated the scene in a race fraught with accidents ahead of Barry Zekelman (Ferrari of Ontario) and Tim Demore, in his first time participating in the Ferrari Challenge 2016 season. The championships are over and now all the drivers can focus on the last event of the season, the one with the two single races that will decide the 2016 world champions.