Scarperia, 29 October 2017 – Joseph Rubbo (Ferrari Long Island) brought the Trofeo Pirelli 458 World Championship to North America with a lights to flag victory in the final Pirelli 458 Challenge race in the history of Finali Mondiali. Starting from the front row, Joseph held his position through the long turn one, building a lead that he would not relinquish for the thirty minute duration of the race.
Fierce battle. Further back, however, the battle for second and third came down to the final few laps between Martin Berry (Ital Auto Singapore) representing the Asia Pacific region and off the back of two excellent wins earlier in the weekend, held off Naveen Rao (Ferrari San Diego) for much of the race. Representing North America, Naveen had just come off the back of a bitterly competitive championship in North America and clearly relished the opportunity to challenge Joseph Rubbo. But first he would have to pass Martin, and despite having a small pace advantage, Naveen was unable to get close enough to make a meaningful attempt. Until the final laps, that is. Sensing that time was running out, Naveen made a very late lunge down the inside of the final turn, but in the process made contact with Martin’s car. The stewards deemed it a move worthy of penalty, and so Naveen was forced to drive through the pit lane with only a couple of minutes left.
Atar third. This episode promoted Galip Atar (Octane 126) to the final step of the podium, ensuring all three regions of Ferrari Challenge were represented.