2017 Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific kicked off at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit today. This year, the 3-day high-octane motor racing extravaganza marks the 25th anniversary of the international one-make series.
Some of the participants will be driving the new Ferrari 488 Challenge car for the first time. The latest model is the first turbocharged race car to feature in the one-make series. It is also the most powerful Challenge car ever.
For 2017 Ferrari Challenge, the field will be divided into 3-classes- Trofeo Pirelli, Pirelli AM and Coppa Shell. The contenders will be split according to experience and driving level. A special class has been reserved for the 458 Challenge EVO- a race car based on the 458 Italia.
Amateur drivers will gather in Abu Dhabi from across the APAC region, representing China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and New Zealand. Tani Hanna, President of the UAE Ferrari Member’s Club represents Lebanon. The Challenge drivers will undertake five rounds of practice sessions this week, with the first race on Friday 7 April followed by a second race on Saturday.
One of the key attractions of the 2017 Ferrari Challenge season opener will be the unveiling of the new Ferrari 812 Superfast.