The first race of the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific – Prancing Horse’s single-marque competition held on Oriental and Oceanian circuits – dates back to 2011. A winning format combined with an affiliation to motorsport events such as Formula 1 or WEC (World Endurance Championship) rounds, has led to the immediate success of the championship.
Challenge Asia Pacific races are always fiercely-fought affairs packed with duels. The championship is homologated according to regulations set out by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) which guarantee maximum safety standards.
The series is divided into three main categories: Trofeo Pirelli Am, Coppa Shell and Coppa Shell Am, based on the competitive level of drivers. In addition, there are two further sub-classes: the Gentlemen Cup, for the most experienced drivers and the Ladies’ Cup for the women.
The Coppa Shell championship remains wide-open with Japanese driver Kazuyuki Yamaguchi (Cornes Osaka) having leapfrogged to the head of the overall standings, with 158 points, thanks to two wins (and two fastest laps) clinched in the most recent round in Singapore, overtaking fellow-countryman Makoto Fujiwara (153, Cornes Osaka). A little further behind lie both Chinese driver Yanbing Xing (147) and Michael Choi (147) from Hong Kong.
In Coppa Shell AM, meanwhile, Andrew Moon (Forza Motor Korea) has already laid hands on the championship title: a 71-point advantage over the nearest second-placed rival, Kent Chen (Modena Motori Taiwan) allowed the driver to take the trophy and celebrate the win at the previous event in Singapore.
The Trofeo Pirelli title has also already been settled by Italian Philippe Prette (Blackbird Concessionaires HK), who, thanks to the two triumphs in Singapore, was able to mathematically seal the championship: the 52–point advantage which now distances him from Go Max (M Auto Hiroshima), second in the rankings, is now unbridgeable.