Ferrari Challenge is the one-make series par excellence, the most wide ranging and admired in the world. The series was established in 1993 and the events are FIA approved, thus ensuring a very high standard of organisation and safety. The championship was an immediate success: it’s formula which insists on participants being dealers or authorised race shops, means the cars’ performance is very closely matched, which thus puts the emphasis on the drivers. There are three series in Europe as well as in North America and in Asia-Pacific.
There are four categories for each race: Trofeo Pirelli, Trofeo Pirelli Am and Coppa Shell which includes further classes like the Gentlemen Cup, for drivers over 55, and the Ladies Cup for women. The races are usually very close, which is the main appeal of this series, but the drivers also get to enjoy driving on some of the most famous tracks in the world. All three series have excellent calendars, with races at Monza, Mugello and Le Mans for example in Europe; Daytona, Sonoma and Montreal in North America and Shanghai, Fuji and Sepang in Asia.
The car used in all three Challenge series this year is the Ferrari 458 EVO, which is fitted with the latest aerodynamic kit that improves performance still further. One of the most clearly visible elements of the new kit is the rear wing, similar to which it’s in use in GT racing, which gives the cars a significantly higher cornering speed than its predecessors.