Ferrari Challenge 2016 - Jerez (Round 6)

StileF came on a mission to Jerez, after having lost some ground in the previous round in Hockenheim due to a crash caused by another driver and costing the team valuable points.  The objectives were clear, the mission was accomplished!  With a full driver line up, StileF wasn't only able to bank the most points of any team, but most importantly Thomas Loefflad was able to decide the championship one round before the end and secure the title in the Coppa Shell category.

October 11, 2016

 

In Coppa Shell, the weekend started on shaky grounds, a crash in Free Practice forced Thomas Loefflad to change cars for the race weekend and therefore take a penalty in the first race and start from the back of the grid.  Thomas was able to quickly move up the order, starting from 17th and finishing the race 9th.  The second race would see him score the 'hat trick' with Pole Position in qualifying, fastest race lap and winning the race.  At the end of the weekend, the point tally was enough to crown him Ferrari Challenge Coppa Shell Europe Champion ahead of the final round.

In Trofeo Pirelli, Andrea Benenati (AM) returned to the grid after a pause from racing as well as GP3 pilot Alex Palou (PRO) who made his debut in GT car racing.  Despite driving a GT car for the first time, Alex showed his superior pace from the start, taking Pole Position in both qualifying with 0.8s gap to P2 and setting a new course record in Ferrari Challenge with 1:47.667.  Despite starting from Pole in first race, the first time executing a rolling start was a little challenging, causing Alex to drop to P2, where he finished the race.  He quickly learned from the mistake and in Race 2, entered corner 1 in first position, from there he pulled away from the group, winning the race with 8s to spare and clocking the fastest race lap.  In the AM category Andrea quickly found his rhythm again, despite a break in his racing activities and being being in Jerez for the first time.  His two 6th place finishes in the AM category helped StileF conclude the best points weekend of the season.

  


Andrea Benenati 
Trofeo Pirelli AM (#74)
Race 1: P6 - Race 2: P6

Alex Palou 
Trofeo Pirelli AM (#32)
Race 1: P2 - Race 2: P5

Thomas Loefflad 
Coppa Shell (#151)
Race 1: P2 -  Race 2: P1

 

 

 

 

 Alex Palou had an especially busy race weekend, besides his 'job' in the cockpit, he co-commentated the second race for Coppa Shell.  Watch him also introduce the Jerez track for Ferrari:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojSXChFyn18

 

       

 

 

 

 


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