• Ferrari passion amasses at Mugello

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    E4---Racing-Days-Ferrari-20151117During the final day of the Finali Mondiali, as many as 50,000 spectators crowded the Mugello circuit owned by Ferrari. The most anticipated event was the exhibition of the Scuderia Ferrari and its official drivers, but much more was on display at the track.

    The day opened with the races competing for the Ferrari Challenge world title. The winners were three drivers from the European series, obviously from the fact that they are accustomed to racing at the Mugello: the Coppa Shell went to the experienced Erich Prinoth. Matteo “Babalus” Santoponte triumphed in the Trofeo Pirelli while the Pirelli Am title went to Alessandro Vezzoni.

    The great exhibition on the track started just after lunch, with the brand new F12tdf series opening the exhibition hour. The F12tdf pays tribute to the famous Tour de France Automobile; it is produced in 799 units and is equipped with V12 engines with a power of 780 horsepower.

    Three examples of the car went onto the track. Kimi Raikkonen and Esteban Gutierrez drove Ferrari Managing Director Amedeo Felisa and Vice-President Piero Ferrari, respectively. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel drove for Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne.

    After the shotgun rides, the 458 Italia GTE and GT3 competing in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the main national and international GT championships went on the track. Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella alternated on car No. 51 while the regular drivers James Calado and Davide Rigon took turns on car No. 71. Olivier Beretta drove the GT3.

    Then it was the turn of the Ferrari 488, a car that was recently introduced, which will be racing in the 2016 WEC as well as the GT championships.

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