03/06/2004 Over three hundred Ferrari and Maserati cars on track at Spa
Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), 30 May - This was the main day of the “Ferrari Maserati Days” event at Spa-Francorchamps, with over 300 Prancing Horse and Trident marque cars taking part, with both race and road cars, as many owners of both marques took to the track to do some laps. On the sporting front, there were races counting towards the European Trofeo Vodafone Maserati series, the Ferrari Challenge Pirelli Trophy and the Shell Historic Challenge, all at the second round of their seasons. Adding to the spectacle was a demonstration of 12 single seaters from the Maranello F1 Clienti department.
The Trofeo Vodafone Maserati, for cars based on the road going Coupe Cambiocorsa, was won by Alberto Cerrari. He crossed the line ahead of fellow Roman Andrea Palma, who had won the opening round in Vallelunga (Italy) and the crew of Notter/Cattori. The Belgians, Vanina Ickx, daughter of Jacky whose great race record is closely linked to Scuderia Ferrari and Didier Radigues, who made the move from two wheels to four, made up the special guest crew here. Their race was affected by an extra unplanned pit stop while they were in the running for a podium finish. Fourth, fifth and sixth places were closely contested, and they went to Sergio Rota, Ravasio/Alessi and Marco Lambertini respectively. Palma therefore extends his lead in the overall classification on 45 points, ahead of Cerrari on 38 and Notter/Cattori on 36.
On this her home track, Vanina Ickx also took part in the race for Ferrari 360 Challenge cars, winning Race 1, heading home Louis Machiels and Michael Cullen. Victory in Race 2 went to Ange Barde, with Vanina Ickx once again making it to the podium in second place this time and Cullen taking another third. Barde increases his lead in the Pirelli Trophy classification. As for the Shell Cup for gentlemen drivers, Norbert Walchoffer did the double, winning both the sprint and endurance races.
After yesterday’s first run of races, the historic cars in the Shell Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge were in action once again today. Burkhard Von Schenk and his 1956 Maserati 250 F repeated his win in Grid A, for single seaters, with second and third going to Stefan Schollwock (1937 Maserati 6CM) and Alexander Boswell (1952 Ferrari 625 F1.) Von Schenk, this time in a 1958 Maserati 300 S won category B for drum brake cars, fighting off Carlos Monteverde (1955 Ferrari 750 Monza) and Christian Traber (1955 Ferrari 750 Monza.) In the disc brake class, victory went to Peter Hardmann (1966 Ferrari 412,) with John Bosch runner up in his 1981 Ferrari 512 BB LM ahead of Vincent Gaye (1960 short wheelbase 250 GT Berlinetta.)