Super Six at Snetterton

FF Corse entered a total of six cars for the second round of the Dunlop Britcar Endurance & Sprint Championships, held at Snetterton over the weekend.

The cars were entered for the Endurance and Sprint races and achieved considerable success, winning a total 6 overall and class wins throughout both Championships.

 

The first wins came in the first 50 minute race, with Bon Grimes & Johnny Mowlem leading the FF Corse Sextet home to win Class 2 of the Endurance Championship, in their Ferrari 458 Challenge GTC. The similar car of Marc Brough and Andrew Bentley won the same class in the Sprint Championship and the David Mason & Calum Lockie entry also won Class 1 in the Sprint division, after snatching the lead at the start of the race. Of other notable points was the Mike Wilds & Dino Zamparelli driver pairing, who put up a strong fight in race one in their Ferrari to take the fight to Bon & Johnny.

 

In the 2hr Endurance race held the same day, Bon Grimes & Johnny Mowlem again upheld FF Corse honours to take the Class 2 win and move to second place in the overall Championship (2 points behind the leader). The Graham Lucking/Leyton Clarke entry was a fighting second in class and challenged strongly throughout the race.

In the second 50 minute sprint race Laurent de Meeus and Jamie Stanley secured their debut first win together, winning overall as well as taking a well-earned class victory. David Mason & Calum Lockie again secure the Class 1 honours in their FF Corse Ferrari 458 GT3.

The next round of the Dunlop Endurance Championship takes place at Silverstone on June 24th.

FF Corse Goodwood Exclusive

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FF Corse will hold their annual Goodwood exclusive track day at the famous circuit on July 5th this year.

The event features plenty of track time and an open pit-lane format for all the participants. The Goodwood circuit is an incredible step back in time, with the attention to detail and quaint feel unlike any other circuit. It is located within the Goodwood Estate, which along with the circuit houses two golf courses, a horse racing course, a hotel, a stately home and is also home to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. A circuit to be respected, but a must visit for anyone who has not been there before.

Included is an option for accommodation the night before at The Goodwood Hotel, along with a members dinner to be held there the night before.

The numbers of participants is limited.

To register your interest please contact Andy O’Dowd on events@ffcorse.com, or telephone 01327 857601.

 

 

European Ferrari Challenge – Round 1 Valencia – May 17th – 21st

The first round of the European Ferrari Challenge took place in Valencia at the weekend with the new Ferrari 488 Challenge cars.

Having won the AM class Championship and World Final last year, Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari) has now moved up to the PRO class.

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The FF Corse team is defending the AM class Championship with two new drivers, Chris Froggatt (HR Owen) and Marc Brough (Graypaul Nottingham). The team continued where it left off last year, Chris achieving two sensational pole positions and experiencing the sweet taste of Champagne with two second place podium visits.

 

 

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Marc Brough also had an excellent debut race meeting in the AM class. Marc (who incredibly only started racing 15 weeks ago) qualified well and raced through to 5th in race 1 and 7th in race 2.

 

 

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In the PRO class, Sam Smeeth had a great start to the season, putting in a solid performance against some very experienced and quick professional drivers. Competing in the top class, Sam qualified on the second row for both races and finished 4th & 5th respectively.

The next round of the European Ferrari Challenge and Club Challenge takes place at Monza in three weeks’ time. 

GT Cup Championship – Round 2 Brands Hatch – May 19th – 21st

At the same time as the European Ferrari Challenge, the second round of the GT Cup Championship was also taking place at Brands Hatch.

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Bon Grimes, Laurent de Meeus and James Little (subbing for Graham Lucking) were all participating in their Ferrari 458 GTC Challenge cars. Bon was immediately on the pace and qualified an impressive second overall in the wet qualifying session, against some much stronger powered GTO opposition.007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the race it was however James Little who upheld FF Corse honours, taking the GTC class victory. The result was the same in class two, despite Bon’s efforts to wrestle the victory away from James. Meanwhile, Laurent was having a solid debut on the Brands Hatch GP circuit and secured solid 4th and 5th place race finishes. This puts Laurent in a great position to continue his quest of upgrading to race in the European Ferrari Challenge later in the year.

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The Sunday qualifying saw FF Corse qualify an amazing 2nd and 3rd overall on the grid, before an unfortunate coming together in the race put both cars out of the race.

The next round takes place at Spa over the weekend of June 10th & 11th.

Britcar Championship – Round 3 – June 23rd & 24th

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7 out of 7 FF Corse drivers visited the race podium over the weekend as FF Corse achieved some incredible results at Silverstone and the Hungaroring.

The first results came in the Britcar race at Silverstone, where Bon Grimes & Johnny Mowlem along with David Mason & Calum Lockie, both finished in the top three overall, winning their respective classes in the first 50 min Sprint race.

In the second sprint race David Mason/Calum Lockie repeated the Sprint race victory to take the top step on the podium. Robert Macfarlane also visited the class podium in the sprint races, finishing second in class in his Ferrari 360 Challenge. The Endurance race also saw an FF Corse class victory with Graham Lucking & Leyton Clarke taking class 2 honours and finishing second overall in the 2 hour race.

The next round of the Britcar Endurance Championship will be held at Brands Hatch on July 29th.

European Ferrari Challenge – Round 3 – June 22nd – 25th

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The third round of the European Ferrari Challenge was held in Budapest at the Hungaroring.

Both the FF Corse UK dealer entry cars of Sam Smeeth & Chris Froggatt also visited the race podium in their Ferrari 488 challenge cars, during the busy weekend.

Sam Smeeth was the first to achieve a result with a second place finish overall in race 1, having qualified on the front row for his debut at the circuit, despite having limited testing beforehand. In race 2 it was Chris who achieved success with a victory in the AM class, his first in the Ferrari Challenge.

The fourth round of the Ferrari Challenge will held next month at Paul Ricard (France) on July 22nd & 23rd. The races will be streamed live at http://live.ferrari.com/ and can also be seen on the Ferrari YouTube channel.

 

Britcar Endurance Championship – Round 5

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FF Corse drivers continued their winning form at the Donington Britcar round last weekend with Bon Grimes & Charlie Hollings taking two Endurance class wins and the effervescent David Mason & Calum Lockie taking the overall sprint honours.

The results see both driver pairings leading their respective class championships with 3 rounds remaining. 

The next round of the Britcar Championship is at Oulton Park on October 21st.

GT Open Visits Silverstone – Round 5

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Silverstone – September 1st – 3rd

The International GT Open Championship made their annual visit to the UK last weekend at Silverstone, with regular driver pairing of Ivor Dunbar & Johnny Mowlem sharing the FF Corse run Ferrari 488 GT3 for the race event. 

With eleven PRO/PRO entries, this high level European Championship is quickly turning into one of the most competitive GT championships in Europe. The car and team looked quick in practice, running near the top of the time sheets. Ultimately the races proved tough and progress was difficult thereafter. The first race saw both drivers perform well and record a well-deserved finish after 70mins of racing. 

The second race was held in very tricky damp conditions, with the cars running on slicks. Johnny suffered a quick spin on lap one after contact from another car, then performed well to make up places during the first half of the race, before the PRO/PRO combinations made their mark on the increasingly slippery circuit.

 

Double Double for Chris Froggatt

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In a repeat of last year achievements, Chris Froggatt scored an incredible double victory in the European Ferrari Challenge round at Silverstone this weekend. The victories now leave Chris leading the European AM Class after four of the fourteen races have been completed.

The dominance of the British drivers was backed up with podium finisher Jack Brown. Jack was making his debut in the European Ferrari Challenge. Driving the car in competition for the first time, Jack qualified on pole position for both races and drove a pair of solid races to finish as runner up in both, surely a future star in the making.

Also making his debut in the Ferrari 488 Challenge race was Laki Pantelis. Laki is generally more experienced in the world of classic car racing, having achieved a remarkable over 140+ podiums in various classic marques, including a victory in the recent Goodwood Members Meeting. Laki acquitted himself well with two trouble free runs in the races, despite limited testing and pre-event mileage.

John Sawbridge was back for his second race weekend in the Challenge and drove well in his stunning Sennaesque tribute livery. In the races John finished 4th in the first race and was running fourth in the second race, before losing a place after being hit and spun round in the closing stages.

Laurent de Meeus competing in the Coppa Shell Class, qualified an impressive 5th for race 1 and was racing well before an unfortunate off on the penultimate lap halted any further progress. In the Pirelli Pro-Class Sam Smeeth also achieved a couple of fourth place finishes after a couple of strong drives challenging for the podium.

Silverstone also saw an additional eleven new Ferrari 488 Challenge cars participate with FF Corse in the second round of the Club Challenge programme. The non-competitive track-day activity took place on the Thursday and was a huge success. The number of participants is now close to capacity on the remaining four European track events.

The next round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe and Club Challenge is at the fabulous Spa-Franchorchamps circuit in Belgium in two weeks time (May 10th – 13th).

Tim Mullen joins FF Corse as Sporting Team Manager

FF Corse is delighted to announce that Tim Mullen has joined the organisation as Sporting Team Manager.

The Northern Irishman joins the UK’s largest Ferrari race and track-day specialist as part of a restructured leadership team and will be primarily responsible for overseeing race programmes in the GT Cup and Ferrari Challenge Europe.

He joins Team Principal Mark McLoughlin – ex-Business Manager, McLaren GT – and Operational Team Manager Jamie Collins – formerly Carlin’s GP3 Team Manager – with company founder Anthony Cheshire remaining as Managing Director.

Tim is the latest in a series of top-level hires from Silverstone-based FF Corse aimed at strengthening a racing department that has won two Ferrari Challenge Europe Championship titles in the past three seasons and creating a team capable of competing at GT racing’s highest levels in the near future.

Tim brings the experience gained in a long and distinguished career as a professional racing driver, coach and team manager to the Silverstone-based operation.

During a 19-year stint behind the wheel, he claimed the British GT and Formula Vauxhall Junior titles, was a race winner in the International GT Open and was a podium finisher in both the Le Mans 24 Hours and the European Le Mans Series.

A renowned driver coach with CRS during the team’s successful title-winning spell in Formula Renault UK, Tim moved into team management with Garage 59 in 2016 and oversaw numerous victories in the International GT Open and, last year, several class wins in the Blancpain Endurance Cup too.

FF Corse’s race season begins with the opening round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe, at Sakhir, Bahrain, on February 15-17.

Tim Mullen, Sporting Team Manager, said: “I’m excited to join FF Corse as Sporting Team Manager at a time of expansion for this business. When the chance to link up with Mark McLoughlin – who I’ve worked with before – and support him in helping to enhance the already superb reputation the company has established with Ferrari owners in motorsport, I couldn’t say no. There’s a wealth of skill and experience here already and the plan is to really tap into that to help drive things forward and create a team capable of competing against the best internationally. I can’t wait to see how we move forward together.”

Mark McLoughlin, Team Principal, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Tim to the team at FF Corse. As a driver he was someone I knew and respected and as a colleague within manufacturer GT programmes, that respect only grew. He has both the skills and the experience to help drive our race programmes in GT Cup and Ferrari Challenge Europe forwards and to be the bedrock of what we’re creating for the future; a team capable of building on our successes in Ferrari Challenge Europe and becoming a main contender in International-level GT racing. We have several other new members of the team who are joining shortly, which shows how serious we are with this aim, and Tim will be at the centre of this.”