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Ferrari Challenge UK ... being a new stand alone series


488 Challenge s_n 235667, Gary Redman

488 Challenge s_n 235667, Gary Redman

 

Brands Hatch, 18-19 May, 2019

The inaugural Ferrari Challenge UK race series meeting was held at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent over the weekend of 18-19 May. Despite it being a new stand alone series, as opposed to being part of the other European series in which British drivers have competed in the past, it attracted an impressive and colourful 20 car entry spread over the two classes Coppa Shell and Trofeo Pirelli. There were two races, one on the Saturday afternoon and another on the Sunday afternoon, with separate qualifying sessions for each one. They were supported by three races for the Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic series organised by the Ferrari Owners’ Club, which has five classes, 1 - unmodified cars up to 3litres, 2 - lightly modified cars up to 3 litres, 3 – unmodified cars over 3 litres, 4 – lightly modified cars over 3 litres and 5 – modified cars over 3 litres, and these races attracted an 18 car field. The meeting also featured five “Customer Activity” track periods, four of 60mins duration and the final one of 90mins duration bringing the event to a close on the Sunday afternoon. Apart from a very brief light rain shower on the Saturday afternoon, fine weather was the order of the weekend, which with the races interspersed with the customer activity track periods and a lack of any major incidents, made for a very pleasant and relaxed weekend. 

That said, the activity on the track was far from relaxed, as there were some good dices through the fields in all the races, making for entertaining viewing. In the Pirelli Formula Classic races, race 1 witnessed a great battle for the lead after Wayne Marrs made a slow start and had to fight his way back into contention, but try as he might for lap after lap he couldn’t get past the similar F355 Challenge of Tristan Simpson, who took the win by a scant 0.133sec. Wayne Marrs didn’t make the same mistake twice, and took the wins in races 2 and 3 quite comfortably, whilst Tristan Simpson had good dices with Tim Mogridge in both these races, managing to hold on to 2nd place both times, but by only 0.105sec in the third race. Races 2 and 3 also saw a really close race-long battle between the class 3 entered 328 GTBs of Chris Butler and Peter Everingham, which were rarely more than a couple of car lengths apart, with the former taking the class win in all three races, but by only 0.177sec and 0.180sec in races 2 and 3 respectively. 

In the Ferrari Challenge races the battles were just as intense, with the # 29 car of Jason Baker, in his Dick Lovett Swindon entry, eventually being the first to take the chequered flag in race 1, but it was by just 0.201sec from the #79 example of Jamie Clarke, in his Stratstone Manchester entry, for the Trofeo Pirelli spoils. Wayne Marrs took the final podium spot in his #60 Dick Lovett Swindon entry, a busy man as he ran in every race of the weekend. In the Coppa Shell division the win was taken by the #8 Lancaster Ferrari Colchester entry of Mark McAllister, just over a second ahead of the #69 Maranello Sales example of Toby Flanagan. The second race saw the same duo of Jason Baker and Jamie Clarke battling for the overall race lead and the Trofeo Pirelli class win, with the same finishing order as in race 1, and only 0.414sec between them at the chequered flag, with this time the #6 Stratstone Manchester car of Paul Hogarth taking the final podium spot. In the Coppa Shell division it was the #13 example of Stuart Willson that had finished 3rd in Race 1 that took the victory, with the #69 entry of Toby Flanagan less than a second in arrears, whilst the 3rd place car, the #22 Graypaul Nottingham car of Gary Redman was only another second behind after an enthralling race long battle.

 

Ferrari Challenge Race 1 Coppa Shell Podium

1st – #8, Mark McAllister
2nd – #69, Toby Flanagan
3rd – # 1, A. Moss

Ferrari Challenge Race 1Trofeo Pirelli Podium

1st – #29, Jason Baker
2nd – #79, Jamie Clarke
3rd – #60 Wayne Marrs

Ferrari Challenge Race 2 Coppa Shell Podium

1st – #13, Stuart Willson
2nd – #69, Toby Flanagan
3rd – #22, Gary Redman

Ferrari Challenge Race 2 Trofeo Pirelli Podium

1st – #29, Jason Baker
2nd – #79, Jamie Clarke
3rd – #6, Paul Hogarth

Pirelli Ferrari Ferrari Formula Classic Race 1 Podium

1st – #46, Tristan Simpson, F355 Challenge
2nd – #60, Wayne Marrs, F355 Challenge
3rd – #4, Tim Mogridge, F355 Challenge

Pirelli Ferrari Ferrari Formula Classic Race 2 Podium

1st – #60, Wayne Marrs, F355 Challenge
2nd – #46, Tristan Simpson, F355 Challenge
3rd – #4, Tim Mogridge, F355 Challenge

Pirelli Ferrari Ferrari Formula Classic Race 3 Podium

1st – #60, Wayne Marrs, F355 Challenge
2nd – #46, Tristan Simpson, F355 Challenge
3rd – #4, Tim Mogridge, F355 Challenge

 

Ferrari Challenge Entry List

 

Race #

Class

Driver

Model

Chassis #

1

S

Alex Moss

488 Challenge

245146

6

P

Paul Hogarth

488 Challenge

241229

8

S

Marc McAllister

488 Challenge

234888

9

S

Paul Stevens

488 Challenge

243304

10

P

Henry Simmons

488 Challenge

236939

13

S

Stuart Willson

488 Challenge

236433

14

P

Imran Kara

488 Challenge

245145

18

S

David Grover

488 Challenge

246137

22

S

Gary Redman

488 Challenge

235667

25

S

Neil Miller

488 Challenge

236270

27

P

Martin Smith

488 Challenge

236240

29

P

Jason Baker

488 Challenge

230364

43

P

Josh Kirkwood-Jones

488 Challenge

230880

60

P

Wayne Marrs

488 Challenge

231804

69

S

Toby Flannagan

488 Challenge

236946

72

P

John Wood

488 Challenge

223907

74

P

Andrew Bruce

488 Challenge

239490

77

P

Paul Simmerson

488 Challenge

244896

79

P

Jamie Clarke

488 Challenge

238911

83

S

Richard Guy

488 Challenge

236255

 

S = Coppa Shell Class

P = Trofeo Pirelli Class

 

Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic Entry List

 

Race #

Class

Driver

Model

Chassis #

4

5

Tim Mogridge

F355 Challenge

107290

5

3

Chris Butler

328 GTB

62523

12

3

Peter Everingham

328 GTB

64521

14

5

Carl Cavers

F355 Challenge

110219

18

3

Darren Mills

328 GTB

69477

25

2

Richard Mills

Dino 308 GT4

13614

26

4

Colin Sowter

348 Challenge

84789

28

4

Myles Poulton

328 GTS

63429

29

1

William Moorwood

Dino 308 GT4

13132

33

3

Pauline Goodwiin

328 GTB

68063

35

2

Richard Atkinson-Willes

Dino 308 GT4

13422

44

2

Chris Compton-Goddard

308 GTB

19253

46

5

Tristan Simpson

F355 Challenge

101609

52

2

Len Watson

308 GTB

29755

60

5

Wayne Mars

F355 Challenge

105518

73

5

Tim Walker

F355 Challenge

108083

85

5

David Edge

F355 Challenge

111966

308

2

Nick Whitaker

Dino 308 GT4

15068

 

Keith Bluemel          
05/2019