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Ferrari Racing Days Concludes in Abu Dhabi with Unparalleled Success

gulfconnoisseur March 12, 2013 0
Ferrari Racing Days Concludes in Abu Dhabi with Unparalleled Success

Abu Dhabi-UAE: March 10, 2013 – The Yas Marina circuit witnessed 10 hours of track action on the third and final day of the inaugural Ferrari Racing Days in the Middle East.
The exciting moment came with Marc Gené’s enthralling display behind the wheel of a Formula 1 F60. The official Scuderia Ferrari test driver fascinated the spectators revving the single-seater to the limit. The F60 was the same car used by Kimi Raikkonen at the debut Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi in 2009.
Yas Marina was also host to the first stage in the Asian-Pacific series of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli. In the two races held today – one in blistering sunlight and the other with artificial light, Max Blancardi crossed the lines first.
The veteran driver in the single-marque’s championship of the Prancing Horse participated in a special class in the series, the International Cup, allocated exclusively for international guest racers in the series.
In the first race in the Trofeo Pirelli, Philippe Prette (Hong Kong) clocked the fastest, while Pasin Lathouras (Thailand) won race two.
Meanwhile, Eric Cheung (Canada) and Tani Hanna (Lebanon) won the races in the Coppa Shell.
Hanna’s win was particularly impressive as he had to retire in race 1 due to an accident on the first lap. The skilled mechanics from Maranello did some great work over three hours to repair the 458 Challenge’s front-end, allowing the driver from the Middle East to gain his success in the Ferrari series.
The Ferrari Racing Days were an occasion to see 100 Ferraris parading on the track next to the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the first theme park in the world dedicated to the Prancing Horse. The cars from the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and as far as France took two laps on the track, underlining the growing success of Ferrari in this region.
Over 2,000 spectators thronged the paddock and the grandstands during the three-day event. “The event was a great success both for the spectators and our clients. It further reaffirms our decision to bring the Ferrari Racing Days to Abu Dhabi,” said Ferrari MEA General Manager Giulio Zauner.
He added: “While this has certainly laid the groundwork, moving forward we need to grow and aim for similar events in this incredibly vibrant market.”
The Racing Days’ second event in 2013 will be held in Sao Paulo (Brazil). Together with the North American Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli and the XX programmes (FXX and 599XX) as well as the F1 Clienti, spectators will be able to enjoy a Formula 1 show with their local hero Felipe Massa.