Monday, December 10, 2012
Ferrari Service San Francisco - Over 30,000 fans at Valencia for the Ferrari party - San Francisco Motor Sports San Rafael
Cheste (Valencia), 2 December – Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo Circuit was today the stage for the most eagerly-anticipated spectacle of the four days of the Finali Mondiali Ferrari, the event that traditionally rounds off the Maranello company’s competitive season which has been attended by more than 30,000 fans this weekend alone.
The Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team took to the track together with the main stars who raced for Ferrari this year in the international Gran Turismo competitions. This led to a truly unique show that was worthy of the legend of the Prancing Horse: an appearance by over fifty historic cars. It was led away by two Californias driven by Giancarlo Fisichella and Gianmaria Bruni with Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and Managing Director Amedeo Felisa on board.
The extraordinary parade then continued with the five models that have raced in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli championship, which reached its 20th anniversary this year. Each ar in the hands of one of the Scuderia’s drivers: Marc Genè at the wheel of a 348 Challenge, Davide Rigon on board a F355 Challenge, Jules Bianchi with a 360 Challenge, Felipe Massa in a F430 Challenge and Fernando Alonso driving a 458 Challenge. They all exchanged places on the track to celebrate the success of this long-lived championship that since 1993 has offered both professional drivers and gentleman drivers the chance to race on the world’s finest circuits.
The second part of the show then saw a parade by the 458 GTs brought to the track by the Italian team AF Corse, which secured the Teams title in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team also had a distinguished year in the Spanish International GT Open series and in the Blancpain Endurance Championship, along with the cars of the teams AIM Autosport and JMW Racing who put in prize-winning performances in the prestigious Le Mans Series and Grand AM champoinships. The final act of today’s celebrations then saw Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso at the wheel of two F60s. They put in a few laps of the track and a pit stop simulation before the traditional photo together with all the stars of the intense four days in Spain and a final greeting to all the clients and passionate fans present.