Ferrari Challenge Europe: Women power conquered Imola
The sixth round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe took place at Imola. The main story of Imola’s racing weekend is the first ever victory for a female driver in the Ferrari Challenge.
The 19-year-old Fabienne Wohlwend from Liechtenstein achieved that in the second race of the Coppa Shell competition. Fabienne was successful during an entire weekend, taking a pole position in the qualifying and finishing second in the Race 1, behind Henry Hassid. Besides Wohlwend, another female driver showed good performance at Imola. Manuela Gostner finished fourth in the Coppa Shell Race 1 and fifth in the second race.
The victory celebrations were split also in the Trofeo Pirelli competition. Bjorn Grossman won the first race and crossed the finish line as the provisional winner of the Race 2. He was penalized post-race for causing a contact with Philipp Baron, so he dropped to P3. That promoted Sam Smeeth to his maiden victory in the Pro class.
Daniele di Amato secured a championship title
Daniele di Amato, who finished third in the first race of the Pro class, failed to start the second race. His mechanics recovered a car during a race and he crossed the finish line three laps behind the winner. Such a result secured him a Ferrari Challenge Europe title for the second time after he was a champion three years ago.
In the Trofeo Pirelli Am class, Martin Nelson and championship leader Jens Liebhauser shared victories.
The sixth round at Imola was the last round before the Finali Mondiali event at Mugello on October 26-29.