Ferrari is the main feature at this year’s annual Autosport International racing car show at the NEC in Birmingham, which runs until Sunday. This is the first time that Ferrari’s Competizione GT and Corse Clienti departments have had a motor show stand dedicated to the company’s racing activities.
On display are a Ferrari 488 Challenge, with which clients compete in the Ferrari Challenge European series, the world-championship 488 GTE driven by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi, a FXX K EVO, the new entry among the XX Programmes cars, the F2004 F1 car, a single-seater that takes part in the F1 Clienti activities, and the SF17H F1 car driven by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen during the 2017 season.
As part of the company’s involvement in the show, Ferrari drivers and World Champions James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi were protagonists on the Autosport main stage, entertaining the live audiences with a recap of their experiences in Ferrari GT racing and what it feels like to be a world champion. Ferrari drivers Miguel Molina and Marc Gene joined the Autosport International show yesterday and will be taking part also on Saturday.
The Autosport International show was the perfect location for Ferrari to announce the company’s intention to evaluate to launch a dedicated Ferrari Challenge series in the UK in 2019. A dedicated UK series of the Ferrari Challenge would be run to the same regulations as the Ferrari Challenge European Series, and would be open to any UK clients who own a Ferrari 488 Challenge race car.
Further details regarding the potential race calendar and other technical details will be announced at the Ferrari Challenge Europe race weekend which takes places at Silverstone from 27-29 April 2018 and at the FIA WEC’s 6 Hours of Silverstone from 17-19 August 2018.