Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli closes North American season in style
Monday, September 9, 2019

Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli wrapped up its North American season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Despite intense, weekend-long heat and humidity, the Ferrari Challenge competitors put on quite the show with clean, fair racing throughout the weekend.  

Trofeo Pirelli

Trofeo. On the back of two wins from two chances, Benjamin Hites (The Collection) has surged back to within striking distance of Cooper MacNeil (Scuderia Corsa - Ferrari of Westlake) in the Trofeo Pirelli championship, ensuring the fight will continue to the final races of the season, at the Finali Mondiali in Mugello.  It must be said, however, that Benjamin's success was somewhat due to Cooper's misfortune.  The American driver twice qualified on pole position but mechanical issues in the opening laps of both races forced him well off the pace.  The podium was instead filled by Marc Muzzo (Ferrari of Ontario) and Martin Burrowes (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) who finished second and third respectively on both Saturday and Sunday.

Trofeo Am. Dave Musial (Ferrari of Lake Forest) took his first wins of the season and his first ever wins in the Trofeo AM category at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  He was chased home on both days by Ziad Ghandour (Boardwalk Ferrari).  Their strong results allowed them to significantly close the gap to championship leader, Neil Gehani (Continental Autosports).  Neil was able to take the third step on the podium on Saturday, but fell back to fifth on Sunday, allowing Brent Holden (Ferrari of Newport Beach) to take his place on the third step on the podium.

Coppa Shell

Coppa. Roberto Perrina (Ferrari of Seattle) made quite a statement in the Coppa category in his first race of the 2019 season. On Saturday, categorized in the Coppa AM class, he absolutely dominated the class and enjoyed a close fight with Mark Issa (Ferrari of Atlanta).  On Sunday, re-classed to Coppa, Roberto ran away from the field, winning by over 17 seconds.  Meanwhile Mark Issa, with his win on Saturday and second place finish on Sunday, claimed the Coppa championship in his first ever season in Ferrari Challenge.  Further down the order, Brian Davis (Ferrari of Palm Beach) finished second on Saturday and fourth on Sunday, while Claude Senhoreti (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) took third on Saturday while Osvaldo Gaio (Miller Motorcars) took the third step on Sunday.
Coppa Am. While Roberto Perrina's win on Saturday stunned the Coppa Am category, the battle for the championship remained incredibly tight.  On Saturday, Jay Schreibman (Cauley Ferrari) led home championship leader Bradley Horstmann (Foreign Cars Italia) who finished second and third respectively.  Ian Campbell (Ferrari of New England) took advantage of Roberto's move to the Coppa category on Sunday and took the race 2 win.  He finished four seconds ahead of Jay Schreibman (Cauley Ferrari) and Sureel Choksi (Ferrari of Denver) took the final podium position. 

Schedule. The 2019 North American series of Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli has concluded its North American rounds and will now head to Italy for the Finali Mondiali, which will take place this year at the Mugello Circuit.  The North American competitors will return to the track starting on October 23, before competing on October 25th and 26th in the seventh and final round of the 2019 season.

Photo Credit: Ferrari Challenge North America