Beritaplatmerah.com – Rama Danindro has claimed his second Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli – Asia Pacific race for the weekend, as the Maranello machinery turned on a wild curtain-raiser for the Formula 1® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
The effort was a repeat performance of Danindro’s success in yesterday’s opening race, which was held in wet conditions.
Under a sunny sky, a first-corner melee spread the field, with the wild opening exchanges culminating in a clash between Vincent Wong and Evan Mak at Turn 9, which saw the Safety Car hit the track on Lap 4.
Action resumed with a two-lap sprint to the chequered flag.
Renaldi Hutasoit finished second from Philippe Prette, and fastest qualifier Jim Weiland.
For Singapore-based Melbournian Martin Berry, the opportunity to race in front of his home crowd was a dream come true, despite being spun out at the first corner of today’s race.
“I love it, it’s a really, really fun track, on and off track,” said Berry.
“One, in terms of off-track atmosphere, there are so many enthusiasts here, you see all of the classic cars, you know it’s a real event, it’s a really good atmosphere.
“Secondly, the track is amazing, I love the high-speed corners, it’s got a good mixture of some real technical tight turns with some really ballsy turns out the back there.
“The cars love it, and they love these conditions too, because typically when we race in Asia, we’re always racing in 30-plus degree temperatures, so the turbo really loves the cooler weather, and they are set up nicely for this track.”
A driver familiar with local fans is Irishman Hector Lester, who has a long history of racing Ferraris around the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.
Today he registered a 14th-place finish after being delayed significantly in the Turn 1 fracas.
“I can’t resist the place!” said Lester.
“I’ve been coming here since 2002, I did the Nations Cup with Mark Coffey, so ever since then.
“It just so happens that every year it just gets better, because obviously the Ferrari product is just getting better and better, and the 488 is just halfway to heaven.
“I’ve always found the Ferrari and Albert Park just match each other, there’s just a flow.”
The Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli – Asia Pacific continues from 12-15 April at New Zealand’s Hampton Downs circuit.(*)