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Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific Sepang

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015

The first round of the Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge ended Sunday at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia under scorching hot weather conditions. The 21 drivers in the field once again showcased pure driving exhilaration during Race 2 with interesting overtaking maneuvers and fierce battle. Following his win yesterday, polesitter Steve Wyatt from Australia once again stood proudly on top of the podium steps, winning first overall and in his Trofeo Pirelli class. He beat his nearest competitor by 13.62 seconds. In second position was Indonesian David Tjiptobiantoro, who moved up to the higher classification from Coppa Shell this year. Following in third place was Renaldi Hutasoit, also from Indonesia. In the Pirelli AM class, it was a really tight call among the top three contenders, featuring a three way fight between Xu Wei from China, Ziad Ghandour from Lebanon...

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Ferrari Challenge APAC: Prette and Tjiptobiantoro Win Race 1

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014

The first of two races of the 6th round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific took place today at Sepang International Circuit with plenty of action and excitement. Taking the win in the Pirelli classification was Philippe Prette from Hong Kong who finished in an impressive racing time of 31:38.378. Having started from pole, Philippe controlled the race from start to finish, as well as setting the fastest lap time of 2’13’’380. 6.233 seconds behind him came Steve Wyatt from Australia, with Singapore’s Ringo Chong third. As for the Coppa Shell classification, once again Indonesia’s David Tjiptobiantoro was first past the flag in 31:58.710. Right behind him was Lebanon’s Tani Hanna and Vicente Floirendo from Philippines was in third place. The drivers will race again tomorrow for part 2 of the Ferrari Challenge weekend at Sepang International Circuit. Race...

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Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific Comes to Sepang

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014

The 2014 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific sixth and last round race returns once again to Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, from 1st – 2nd November. The race at Sepang was last held from 21st – 23rd February in conjunction with Ferrari Racing Days. Philippe Prette from Hong Kong continues to lead the Trofeo Pirelli class with 213 points, followed by Steve Wyatt from Australia and Ringo Chong from Singapore with 178 and 112 points respectively. Meanwhile, David Tjiptobiantoro from Indonesia increased his lead in the Coppa Shell category with a total of 224 points, a 58-point advantage over fellow Challenge driver, Paul van Loenhaut from Australia. Tani Hanna from Lebanon is third with 102 points. The Challenge drivers will undertake three rounds of practice sessions today, with the first race tomorrow at 3:00 PM local time and the second race on...

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GT Asia Championship: Ferrari Wins Second Race in Sepang

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014

Ferrari also won the second race in the GT Asia championship at Sepang. Coming out on top in Malaysia in the tenth round of the season was the Clearwater Racing 458 Italia GT3 in the ands of Italy’s Alessandro Pier Guidi and the Singaporean, Richard Wee. The pair beat off the opposition in the shape of the Aston Martin of Guerrero-Wiser and Mucke-Yu. However, the title race took place further down the order with Keita Sawa and Weng Seung Mok, winners of the first race in the other Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 entered by Clearwater Racing finishing sixth, making up a further point on series leaders, team-mates, although in a different car, Bob Bell and Hiroshi Hamaguchi, seventh in the McLaren. Pretenders to the title and third crew in the title chase, the BBT team’s Davide Rizzo and Anthony...

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Malaysian GP: A Race with Two Outcomes

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014

Stefano Domenicali: “We cannot be happy with today’s result, because even if, on the one hand we managed to claim a fourth place that sees Fernando stay third in the Drivers’ classification, on the other hand, Kimi failed to score points when they were well within his grasp, but for the accident with Magnussen on the opening lap. Even if there have been improvements on the performance front, the gap to Mercedes is still significant and that should motivate the whole team, at the track, but especially back in Maranello, to improve the car in every area. We know what areas we need to work on and we must try and do that as quickly as possible. The championship has only just begun and we know just how quickly things can change in Formula 1.” Fernando Alonso: “The points...

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Malaysian GP: Suspension of Belief

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014

Fernando Alonso: “I am really pleased with this fourth place, because to get into Q3 with the problem I had with the steering is really a good result. In a season when it takes a lot of time to make any sort of change to the cars, the guys managed to change the suspension in just a few minutes, which is a real record. They also got me back out on track at the right moment, which meant I could get into Q3. The incident with Kvyat was unfortunate for both of us and was inevitable, because by the time I saw the Toro Rosso it was too late. As usual in the rain, visibility is significantly reduced and it becomes a lottery. The team was super again in Q3 when it was a case of working out when...

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Malaysian GP: A Hard Fought 12 Points

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014

Fernando Alonso started from fourth on the grid and 56 laps later, he was fourth at the flag. It was a tough afternoon for him and even tougher for his Scuderia Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who spiralled to the back of the pack after having to pit with a puncture, eventually fighting his way back to finish twelfth. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg secured a one-two finish for Mercedes, the company’s first since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel third for Red Bull. Hamilton’s Mercedes led from pole, Rosberg squeezed very close to the pit wall and got ahead of Vettel to run second, while Ricciardo also passed his Red Bull team-mate, so that the order was Hamilton, already pulling out from Rosberg, then Ricciardo, Vettel with Fernando having dropped one place to fifth and about to...

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Malaysian GP: Results (Spoiler Alert)

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014

Not the luckiest of races for Ferrari. Fernando Alonso brought home the points for fourth place, thanks to a gritty second half performance that saw him close on those ahead, taking fourth place off Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India just 4 laps from the flag. Kimi Raikkonen was very unlucky, as he was clipped at turn 1 in the opening laps by Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren, suffering a right rear puncture. The Finn had to do a whole lap at snail’s pace to get back to the pits, before rejoining in penultimate place. He fought hard, dueling with Daniil Kvyat and Romain Grosjean for a points finish, but it was not to be as he finished twelfth. It was a one-two finish for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton taking his 23rd win from Nico Rosberg, with Sebastian Vettel third for...

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Malaysian GP: Heat, Rain, and Good Memories

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014

This weekend’s race at Sepang will be the sixteenth Malaysian Grand Prix. All of them have been held at the 5.543 kilometre track, which is one of the most interesting on the calendar, notable for its suffocating heat, sudden downpours and high speed corners. Ferrari has won six times here, equivalent to a 40% success rate. The first race dates back to 1999 and marked Michael Schumacher’s return to the cockpit after his accident in Silverstone. At the time, Eddie Irvine was still in the running for the title and Michael, always a team player, did his best to help him. Having taken pole, Michael let his team-mate by and then became an insurmountable wall for Mika Hakkinen in the McLaren, thus taking second place for himself and keeping Irvine’s championship chances alive to the very last race. Schumacher...

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Successful First Racing Days in Sepang

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014

The first Ferrari Racing Days held in Asia ended with the biggest parade of Ferrari cars ever seen Malaysia. The cars lapped the Sepang circuit for a long while and at a sedate pace, so the spectators in the grandstands could enjoy this magical spectacle to the full. Apart this truly memorable event there was also plenty of adrenalin fueled action along with stylish and enjoyable entertainment. Kicking off the day was another show from the three Formula 1 Clienti cars, that did several laps, perfectly recapturing the feeling of a Grand Prix. It means the spectators were able to enjoy the sight of two F2001s which Michael Schumacher had taken to the world title, as well as the F2007 with which Kimi Raikkonen became champion, all under the watchful eye of the Scuderia’s test driver, Marc Gene. After...

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