Champion Bosch starts with a win

Dutch racer John Bosch started the Ferrari Challenge season with a bang by winning the first race at the opening round at a rain-soaked Spa-Francorchamps and then finishing as runner-up in the second

Champion Bosch starts with a win

Bosch powered past Irish pole sitter Paddy Shovlin on the opening lap of the first race, then edged clear. However, he didn't have things all his own way as he came under attack from another Irishman, Michael Cullen, in the closing stages. However, Bosch held on to win by 0.4s, with Norbert Graf a further 11 seconds behind in third place. Edoardo Bisconcin, Daniel Model and Tony Ring completed the top-six.

In the second race, though, Bosch was bettered. And it was Bisconcin who did it, in only his fourth race in this category. The Italian outbraked Bosch into the La Source hairpin midway through the 12-lapper and held on to win by four seconds. Bisconcin emerged from his car crying tears of elation. Quite the reverse had been shed by Ange Barde after he had been pitched into the wall at La Source by a brakeless Shovlin in race one, but he started race two from the back and yet still managed to work his way through to fourth by the finish.

Class 2 honours went to Andreas Koenig in the first race and Gianni Santini in the second, but second place in the latter is enough to see Koening lead the points table.

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