Daytona, 2 December 2016 – Two champions confirmed and great performance by one of the biggest talents of the Ferrari Challenge North America: this is how the first day of the Coppa Shell races of the Finali Mondiali held in Daytona can be summed up.
Coppa Shell Europe. A total of forty-four cars got away under the spotlights of the Daytona International Speedway and immediately put on a number of duels, making clear how competitive Ferrari’s one-make series is. Rick Lovat took the lead at the first corner, also building on January’s successful experience in the North American series. The European champion Thomas Loefflad (StileF Squadra Corse) was, however, stuck to the wheels of the Canadian driver of the Kessel Racing team, and restarting after the second Safety Car he managed to surprise Lovat with a great infield overtake. Third place went to Vladimir Hladik (Baron Service).
Coppa Shell APAC. In the Asia-Pacific championship, Liang Wang (CTF Beijing) dominated the race, ahead – although not without suffering – of the winner of this season’s Coppa Gentlemen, the Australian Paul Montague (Barbagallo), as well as the Chinese driver Min Xiao, the other member of CTF Beijing team.
Coppa Shell North America. The only series which was not won by the 2016 champion was North America, where Matt Keegan (Ferrari of San Francisco), after a great performance during qualifying, won the race and confirmed his primacy. The winner of the championship, Joe Courtney (Miller Motor Cars), was instead forced to settle with a fourth place, behind a Jean-Claude Saada (Boardwalk Ferrari) in great shape, and a surprising Rob Hodes (Ferrari of Washington).