The Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge championship has been organised by the Maranello-based manufacturer since 1996 and gives gentleman drivers the chance to compete on some of the finest circuits in Europe and the US. There are two separate series, one in America and the other in Europe, and races are the best way to catch these classic Maserati and Ferraris in their natural surroundings: the track.
There are four races in this year's calendar: following the opening event of the 2009 season at Monza on the weekend of 29 March, the drivers will get together at Vigeant (FRA) on 6-7 June and at Brno (CZ) from 4-6 September. The show will come back to Italy for the traditional World Finals from 5-8 November.
Drivers have to be invited to take part in the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge. They also have to hold an International Driving Licence for classic races while the cars need the FIA's Technical Passport (HTP). The Ferraris that compete have to be in possession of a Certificate of Authenticity or a Certificate for Cars of Historic Interest. Ten categories of vehicles are entered and this year sees the Ferrari F40 Competizione being allowed a drive.
Cars that enter the events have to be prepared using only traditional methods and technology; modern spare parts, for example, cannot be used to improve performance. Experts from Maserati and Classic Ferrari ensure that the cars meet these technical requirements before each race gets underway.
|29/03/2009||Monza||» Read all about the race|
|07/06/2009||Vigeant||» Read all about the race|
|06/09/2009||Brno||» Read all about the race|
|08/11/2009||Valencia||» Read all about the race|