Finali Mondiali at Daytona - Day 1 recap
The Ferrari Challenge Finali Mondiali at Daytona International Speedway started on Friday with more than 130 Ferrari cars on the grid.
The Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale driver Carlos Kauffmann won the first race and clinched the North American zone title in Trofeo Pirelli class. He took the lead early in the race and won ahead of Cooper MacNeil and the famous guest star Rusty Wallace.
In the Asia-Pacific zone Florian Merckx secured the title. The Belgian driver of Baron Service team led from the start and managed to beat his rivals Renaldi Hutasoit and Steve Wyatt. This was the fifth consecutive victory for Merckx who was in a brilliant form in the second half of the season.
In the European zone, Bjorn Grossmann already secured the title before the final event of the year. He finished third at Daytona, while Philipp Baron won the race ahead of his Rossocorsa teammate Marcello Puglisi.
Trofeo Pirelli AM
The winner of the first race in the North American zone is James Weiland. He took the overall lead after beating his main rival Steve Johnson who finished second in the race, while Joel Weinberger took the third place.
Sam Smeeth of the Stratstone Ferrari team scored ninth win of the year confirming his supremacy in the Ferrari Challenge Europe Trofeo Pirelli AM class. The British drivier finished ahead of Henrik Hedman and John Farano.
Finally, the battle for the title in the Asia-Pacific zone is still widely open. Before the final race, Huilin Han, Eric Cheung, and Xin Jin are the title contenders, so we can expect exciting race on Saturday.
The Asia-Pacific zone race was won by the Chinese Liang Wang who finished ahead of the Australian Paul Montague, as well as the Chinese driver and his teammate Min Xiao.