Ferrari Challenge – Finali Mondiali: A 14,000-kilometre trip for a chance at the title
GT & Sport Cars
Maranello, 28 November
This is the first year the Finali Mondiali are being held at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. A spectacular backdrop against which the Ferrari 458 Challenge EVOs will thrill tifosi and enthusiasts in breath-taking wheel-to-wheel battles until the last corner. The most eagerly-awaited race is, of course, the final one to decide the new World Champion, a title for which drivers from all three series – Europe, North American and Asia-Pacific – are in the running. Even though the event takes place in December, Yas Marina will guarantee perfect racing conditions because of its location. A total of 75 drivers from 27 nations will compete for the World title and, for some at least, getting to Abu Dhabi involves a trip almost around the world.
The driver with furthest to travel, in fact, is one of the stars of the Ferrari Challenge North America, Ricardo Perez de Lara of Mexico, who has a 14,000-kilometre-plus journey ahead of him. Over 13,000 kilometres also separate Argentina, the home of Ezequiel Perez Companc, who leads the European series of the Trofeo Pirelli Am, from Yas Marina while Australian Steve Wyatt, one of the leading lights of the Asia-Pacific series, has almost 12,000 kilometres to come.