- Karl Williams drives AERO-painted Ferrari Challenge car to North America Coppa Shell Title
- AERO partner driver Lisa Clark wins World Ladies' Cup
- AERO Technical Partner Scuderia Corsa awarded nine trophies
MUGELLO, Italy (October 30, 2017) – Closing an incredible 2017 Ferrari Challenge season that has seen the team take numerous victories and podium finishes, Scuderia Corsa walked away with nine trophies, as well as a Ferrari Challenge North America title for Karl Williams, during this weekend’s Ferrari Finali Mondiali.
Wrapping out the Ferrari Challenge North America season as well as holding the World Final races, the Finali Mondiali serves as the annual global closing of the year. The weekend’s festivities would take place at the Mugello circuit in Northern Italy, longknown as Ferrari’s home race circuit. In addition to racing activities, the event was a celebration of Ferrari on the 70th anniversary, including the Formula 1 Corse Clienti and Ferrari FXX showcase, as well as unveiling of the new Ferrari FXX-K Evo.
Taking top honors, Karl Williams would wrap out a tremendous season in the Coppa Shell category by securing the North American championship title, adding to 10 poles and nine wins on the season. In the Trofeo Pirelli category, Cooper MacNeil would finish the season with a third in the Ferrari Challenge North America championship with two podium finishes in Mugello, as well as running as high as fourth during the World Final race before challenges would sideline him. After repeatedly winning her category throughout the North American season, Lisa Clark would also add to her season by earning the World Ladies Cup. Martin Fuentes would also take a podium during Friday’s Race One in Trofeo Pirelli, as well as a sixth-place during the World Final. Great weekends were also had by Michael Fassbender and Oscar Paredes Arroyo in their World Final debuts, including a fourth for Oscar in the 458 category. Scuderia Corsa would also take two Coppa Team titles on the weekend.
For Giacomo Mattioli, another championship season is a remarkable achievement. “The Ferrari Challenge program has been the foundation of our racing activities for over 18 years,” stated Mattioli. “In 2017 we experienced our largest team ever and, besides the success, we enjoyed seeing the comradery among the drivers. We introduced the 488 Challenge but we are pleased to be able to continue the 458 program, as well as our Drivers Development program next year. I want to thank our drivers for their support and enthusiasm that fuel our passion. Forza Ferrari!”
With the Ferrari Challenge season at a close, the team is already hard at work on their 2018 plans. Beginning with the first official test at Daytona on January 8, the schedule will feature eight races at some of the most storied circuits on the planet.
- 8 January. DAYTONA, Official Test
- 24-27 January. DAYTONA, Round 1
- 8-11 March. CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS, Round 2 | Ferrari Racing Days
- 3-6 May. LAGUNA SECA, Round 3 8-10 June. MONTREAL, Round 4
- 26-29 July. WATKINS GLEN, Round 5
- 13-16 September. ROAD ATLANTA, Round 6
- TBC FINALI MONDIALI, Round 7
About Scuderia Corsa
2017 IMSA GTD Champion, 2017 Le Mans podium, 2017 6H of Watkins Glen podium, 2017 12H of Sebring podium, 2016 IMSA GTD Champion, 2016 24Hours of Le Mans GTE-Am winner, 2016 6H of Watkins Glen Winner, 2016 12H of Sebring Winner, 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GTA Champion, 2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium, 2015 IMSA GTD and 2013 Grand-AM GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2013 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo. Follow Scuderia Corsa on Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, on Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at @Scuderiacorsaferrari and ScuderiaCorsa.com
Edited from Scuderia Corsa release
Photo Credit: Roberto Viva