The one-make championship
Ferrari has announced that the Ferrari Club Challenge, the single-marque motorsport championship, is to launch in the Middle East. Three years ago, the concept arrived in Europe, with championships taking place before that in the US and Asia-Pacific regions.
The Ferrari Club Challenge is a launchpad for owners keen to take their driving prowess to the next level, driving their Ferrari at speeds of up to 300km/h. Events are not races, but designed to enhance driving skills, with each car equipped with telemetry devices to record lap times.
This members-only experience is overseen by Ferrari instructors across the track days, as drivers get to learn the finer skills of racing in a safe and nurturing environment. They are pitched against the clock and themselves, as opposed to other competitors.
Five events will make up the Ferrari Club Challenge’s first Middle East season, providing participants with a minimum of eight hours of track time at each one. They will also receive technical support for the car, coaching sessions, and access to the Passione Ferrari hospitality and track activities.
The 2020-21 season will kick off in October at Bahrain International Circuit, then head to Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi in November, followed by Kuwait Motor Town in December, then Dubai Autodrome in February 2021. It will conclude back at Yas Marina Circuit in March 2021.
This exclusive members-only platform provides every participating driver with customised racing equipment, including a race suit, gloves, a personalised helmet, fireproof underwear and a HANS (Head and Neck Support) device.
Giorgio Turri, general manager of Ferrari Middle East, said, “Owners in the region have the appetite to engage in adrenaline-pumping track experiences, and the Ferrari Club Challenge will provide that. The excitement we got from our customers once they realised this opportunity was really encouraging, and we expect the events in the Middle East to grow in the next few years.”