Scuderia Corsa Sets Fastest Lap Record In A Weekend Of Spirited Racing At Circuit Of The Americas Leg Of The Ferrari Challenge 2012
November 19, 2012 – Beverly Hills, California. Everything is bigger in Texas and the brand new Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin is no exception. This new circuit was built to attract huge events like this past weekend’s United States Grand Prix, the inaugural event for the circuit. Before anybody had even driven on the fresh pavement, COTA already had a tremendous reputation as challenging and modern, inspired by classic tracks throughout the world.
Ferrari owners with a desire to compete against other non-professional drivers are offered the unique opportunity to race at North America’s premier tracks over the course of the Ferrari Challenge season. All of this would not be possible without the infrastructure provided by dealer supported racing teams like Scuderia Corsa, the team of Giacomo Mattioli, President of Ferrari Beverly Hills and Ferrari Silicon Valley. Mattioli’s team in Austin was represented by Ferrari Challenge veterans Carlos Kauffmann, Jon Becker, Chris Ruud, Kevin Marshall and Harry Cheung.
During a weekend of spirited racing in ideal weather, four of the Scuderia Corsa drivers finished in the top ten, with Carlos Kauffmann setting a lap record during Sunday’s race. Austin provided incredible crowds, and many drivers noted that the stands were filled for the Ferrari Challenge races. The spectators followed each individual battle as it unfolded before them, or on the jumbo screens all around the track. Many fans commented that they cannot wait for the cars from Maranello to return to their brand new track.
Scuderia Corsa team owner Giacomo Mattioli reflecting on his team’s weekend, said, “the new COTA is a technical but fun track with great support facilities. Our drivers raced their hearts out and the fans were fantastic. I was so impressed with Austin and what great hosts they were. We all look forward to coming back and racing next year.” As the 2012 season nears its end, Mattioli added, “our drivers and crew have made this a great season of racing. And a special thanks to Ryan Negri and Rudy Courtade for their tremendous efforts this season.”
Aid for Victims of Sandy – Ferrari North America, along with its dealers and customers raised over $1.5 million in aid for the victims of storm Sandy this weekend. A new Ferrari F12 was auctioned Friday night for $1.2, with the rest coming from dealers and customers over the course of the weekend.
About the Ferrari Challenge – Privateers have played an important role in Ferrari’s racing activities from the very earliest days of the brand. Ferrari added a new phase to this tradition in 1993 with the creation of the Ferrari Challenge. This single-marque racing series was designed to allow Ferrari owners to compete with fellow Ferrari owners on some of the world’s greatest racetracks.
2012 FERRARI 458 CHALLENGE SERIES Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas RESULTS & HIGHLIGHTS
PRACTICES & QUALIFYING
Friday was practice day for the Ferrari Challenge, and the 34 drivers got the opportunity to drive the track for the first time. The Scuderia Corsa team studied and prepared to set the cars up properly for the track, and got their drivers to the front of the field during the session. Scuderia Corsa had three drivers in the top 10 at the end of practice. Carlos Kauffmann had the second-fastest lap time of the session, while Jon Becker placed seventh and Chris Ruud ninth. As all five Scuderia Corsa drivers compared notes after practice, they helped each other learn difficult portions of the track and prepare for Saturday’s qualifying session.
Saturday morning started with an early qualifying session, and the track was cold and slick. As the session progressed, the track gripped up, and lap times dropped.
Kauffmann led the Scuderia Corsa team with a fifth place qualifying time, followed by Kevin Marshall also in the top 10.
During the race, both Becker and Harry Cheung made tremendous passes to move up in the swollen field. Becker chased down Marshall, and he pestered him the entire race. Marshall proved a formidable foe, and would not allow a pass. They finished 6th and 7th, within seconds of each other.
An exciting race for Kauffman who finished fifth overall (first among Scuderia Corsa drivers) and fastest lap time with 2:14.634 in 91.64 mph (record). Four drivers from Scuderia Corsa finished in the top ten.
The weather on Sunday was spectacular for racing, with a sunny climate, temperature in the 70s, and minimal breeze in the Texas air. The starting grid for Ferrari Challenge’s second race was determined by the finishing positions from the first race. Two of Scuderia Corsa’s drivers started within the top 10, Marshall and Becker.
Marshall started on the outside lane, but was able to find gaps in the field when the green flag dropped to move up to fifth. Kauffmann drove hard from the back to gain multiple positions each lap. Quickly, he caught up to Marshall, and the two drivers dueled fiercely.
Eventually, Kauffmann found a way around his teammate. Harry Cheung also made some furious passes to move up, and wound up behind Marshall. When the race was over, Kauffmann finished 5th, Marshall 7th, Cheung 8th, and Becker 10th. Chris Ruud was penalized for avoidable contact, and ended up 26th.
WEEKEND RACE RESULTS
Race 1 – Trofeo Pirelli
6th – Kevin Marshall
7th – Jon Becker
12th – Harry Cheung
14th – Chris Ruud
30th – Carlos Kauffmann (1 lap penalty)
Race 2 – Trofeo Pirelli
5th – Carlos Kauffmann (fastest lap, 2:14.634/91.64mph –record)
7th – Kevin Marshall
8th – Harry Cheung
10th – Jon Becker
26th – Chris Ruud
Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo created the Scuderia Corsa racing team in 2011 for the sole purpose of supporting the racing needs of Ferrari clients. Turnkey programs include, GT3 endurance racing, Ferrari Challenge Series and track events. Giacomo Mattioli is the owner of Ferrari Maserati Beverly Hills and partner in Ferrari Maserati Silicon Valley with Art Zafiropoulo.
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