A “Speciale” day at Ferrari Racing Days in Sepang
GT & Sport Cars
Kuala Lumpur, 21 February
The first ever Ferrari Racing Days to be held in Malaysia got underway today at the Sepang circuit. As for yesterday, that was definitely a “Speciale” day with attention centred on the pits rather than the track with the press and customer launch of the Ferrari 458 Speciale. The car is born out of Ferrari’s philosophy of innovation and avant-garde technical research and has resulted in a completely new, stripped, no compromise sports car concept, in terms of its power unit, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics.
As for the track action, the tropical sun was perfect for the demonstration runs from the Formula 1 Clienti cars – two F2001s that took the world title with Michael Schumacher and an F2007 that helped Kimi Raikkonen to the title – which thrilled the crowd, while the drivers benefited from the advice of Scuderia Ferrari test driver Marc Gene.
In the Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge, it was time for free practice, in preparation for tomorrow and Sunday, when the first races of the season take place. Competitors in both categories, Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell seemed very pleased with the handling of the 458 Challenge Evo on the Sepang track, with its corners testing the effectiveness of the new aero kit, produced specifically for these cars taking part in the one-make series.