The Philippines’ Vicente Floirendo posted two podium finishes during the sixth round of the Ferrari Asia-Pacific Challenge held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia a fortnight ago.
During the first leg of the Coppa Shell classification held on November 1, Indonesia’s David Tjiptobiantoro crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 31:58.710. Right behind him was Lebanon’s Tani Hanna and Vicente Floirendo from Philippines was in third place.
The following day, Tjiptobiantoro once again took the victory in the Coppa Shell classification. Behind him was Vicente Floirendo and Paul van Loenhout from Australia in third place.
Floirendo is the first Filipino to compete in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo driving in a Ferrari 458 Evo for the Coppa Shell classification.
The Ferrari Challenge is one of the most successful one-make racing series in the world with over 2,400 drivers from 48 different countries competing since its inception in 1993. This year, the challenge will run across three series in Europe, North American and Asia Pacific. For the As-Pac series competitors come from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines.
The Ferrari Challenge is dedicated to non-professional drivers in different classifications: the Trofeo Pirelli; Trofeo Pirelli Pro; Coppa Shell and for the first time this year; and the Gentlemen Cup for drivers over 50 years old. Floirendo is competing in the Trofeo Pirelli.
The 46-year old businessman and car enthusiast hails from Davao, He is a two-time ‘Driver of the Year’ awardee of the Yokohama Philippine GT Championship Series, winning the championship in 2011 and 2012. He is also a veteran racer in karting, circuit and Formula 3 competitions.
The Ferrari 458 that he drives is fitted with an EVO kit which is a package of aerodynamic improvements including a Manettino dial, CCM2 Brakes, dual clutch gearbox and more. All the Ferrari 458 Challenge cars are produced in Italy and flown directly to the race track in Asia. Ferrari flies in its technicians and engineers for each race to prepare and manage all the cars over the racing period.
Meanwhile, in the Pirelli classification of experienced drivers, the win went to Steve Wyatt from Australia, who started in pole position. He also took the race’s fastest lap in 2:14.756. Second was Philippe Prette from Hong Kong, closely followed home by Angelo Negro also from Hong Kong.
With the final round of the Ferrari Challenge happening in about three week’s time, the Ferrari Finali Mondiali will take place at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit from December 3-6.
The 458 Challenge EVO cars will be back on track for the Prancing Horse’s traditional end-of-season celebration, which will mark the World Finals’ first foray outside European soil.