Nielsen, Wohlwend won crash fest at Ferrari Challenge Finali Mondiali
The Ferrari Challenge Finali Mondiali took place this weekend at Autodromo Nazionale Monza as the final event of three regional Ferrari Challenge competitions – European, North American and Asia-Pacific. On Saturday, the champions were awarded after final races of regional championships and then, on Sunday, the world champions were crowned in the final races with the mixed grid.
The winners of Finali Mondiali are the 21-year-old Danish driver Nicklas Nielsen (Formula Racing) in the Trofeo Pirelli championship and the 20-year-old girl from Liechtenstein Fabienne Wohlwend (Octane 126) in the Trofeo Pirelli Amateur class.
A lot of accidents marked the weekend at Monza and the same situation was in the final race which saw thirty-seven cars on the grid. The first accident occurred immediately at the start and the race was red-flagged during the repairs on the Armco barriers. At the restart, David Fumanelli (Rossocorsa) stole the lead from pole-sitter Bjorn Grossman (Octane 126), who was forced to retire with a damaged car. Nicklas Nielsen followed Fumanelli in P2. In the Trofeo Pirelli AM, Fabienne Wohlwend defended her lead.
The second interruption came after a high-speed accident on the front straight. At the restart, Fumanelli defended his lead and stayed in front until there were only two minutes to go, when Nicklas Nielsen made a decisive move.
In the final race of the Coppa Shell, Christophe Hurni (Team Zenith Sion) took the lights-to-flag victory ahead of Thomas Tippi (Scuderia Corsa) and Manuela Gostner (Ineco – MP Racing). The Coppa Shell Am champion is Ingvar Mattsson (Autoropa).