Launched in 1993, the Ferrari Challenge Europe is the longest-running, single-marque competition in the history of the Prancing Horse. The allure of driving in Ferrari red and the splendour of the Old Continent’s circuits are a constant stimulus and attraction to hundreds of drivers.
Competition, adrenaline and suspense are the staple ingredients of the Ferrari Challenge, capable of captivating spectators – both in the stands and at home – as the races are now broadcast to over 90 countries worldwide, offering visibility for both drivers and sponsors alike.
The European version of the Challenge features four main classes: the Trofeo Pirelli, the Trofeo Pirelli Am, the Coppa Shell and the Coppa Shell Am, distinguished by the differing levels of driver competitiveness.
All the titles still remain up for grabs and the challenge is on for the grand showdown in Mugello. In the Trofeo Pirelli the battle is between Louis Prette, leading with 152 points, and Niccolò Schirò (Rossocorsa) some 12 points adrift. Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari), third on 118 points, would appear to be out of the running, even if the mathematics have yet to pass sentence.
The Trofeo Pirelli AM class title is also to be disputed by just two drivers and sees Emanuele Maria Tabacchi (Rossocorsa) holding the advantage over Jack Brown (Graypaul Nottingham), with the Italian leading on 179 points against the 151 of the challenger.
In the Coppa Shell, Tani Hanna (Formula Racing) arrives at Mugello still with the leadership in spite of having retired from Race-2 in the previous round in Imola. Eric Cheung (Formula Racing), thanks to a win on the Romagna track, has managed to limit the distance and now has a 23-point deficit to overturn (140 against 117).
In the Coppa Shell AM, Agata Smolka holds just a 6-point advantage (133 in total) for Rossocorsa, compared to the closest second-place rival Laurent De Meeus (127) from the HR Owen team. Further down, Henrik Jansen (Formula Racing) who, thanks to a win and a third-place finish at Imola, currently stands on the third step of the virtual podium (118 points).