The Ferrari Challenge Returns To Montreal45.5017° N, 73.5673° W
"One of the most favourite secondary races during Montreal's Formula 1 weekend"
In 2018, we were introduced to the Ferrari Challenge during Montreal’s Formula One weekend. Witnessing thirty-eight of their 670-horsepower 488s duke it out on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was more than enough to reason for us to return for the 2019 edition.
Just like last year, the weather was optimal for racing – clear skies and a light breeze. There was not much else for the drivers to worry about except for maximizing the performance of their Ferraris. This would change however as an incident involving oil on the track’s hairpin turn during Race 1 caused three cars to veer off track due to a lack of traction. Luckily no one was injured.
In the Trofeo Pirelli category, it was Cooper MacNeil (Scuderia Corsa, Ferrari of Westlake), James Weiland (Ferrari of San Francisco) and Benjamin Hites (The Collection) who finished in the top three during Race 1. The standings would change however in Race 2 with Marc Muzzo (Ferrari of Ontario) taking the place of James Weiland following a battle between the two drivers near the end of the race.
Next was the Trofeo Pirelli AM category and it would be Brent Holden (Ferrari of Newport Beach) who took his first win of the season. Holden beat out the second place Dave Musial (Ferrari of Lake Forest) by a margin of ten-seconds. Taking third was Neil Gehani (Continental Ferrari) who used his back up car to take the grid after his incident in Race 1.
More incidents would ensue in the Coppa Shell category, when the pole sitter Mark Issa (Ferrari of Atlanta) made contact with Ziad Ghandour (Boardwalk Ferrari). This resulted in elimination and it gave Claude Senhoreti (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) an opportunity to return to the podium and take first place. but this time in the first place position. Following behind was Dale Katechis (Miller Motorcars) and Oscar Paredes Arroyo (Ferrari of Ft Lauderdale) in respectively finishing in second and third.
To round off the Ferrari Challenge weekend, fans saw driver Jay Schreibman (Cauley Ferrari) win Race 2, keeping Brad Horstmann (Foreign Cars Italia) in second place and Gianni Grilli (Ferrari of Quebec) in third for the Coppa Shell AM category. This race was not without its own drama as Brad Horstmann found himself sandwiched by two drivers.
The Ferrari Challenge will return to the track on July 26, 2019 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Learn more about the Ferrari Challenge here.
Words & Photography: Jon Carlo Tapia