Ferrari Challenge: Monza

The 2004 European Ferrari Challenge season ended in dramatic fashion at the World Finals at Monza last Saturday as Paddy Shovlin clinched second place in the championship, and Englishman Oliver Morley won the class two title on his debut year in the series

Ferrari Challenge: Monza

The day before Ange Barde had stood on the top of the podium for the tenth time this year after beating Shovlin to the chequered flag by 4.1 seconds. The Frenchman, who secured his third Ferrari Challenge championship at the previous meeting at Magny-Cours, led Robert Pergl for 11 of the 12 laps until Pergl drifted off-line at the Parabolica and skated across the gravel. Irishman Shovlin snatched second and Pergl recovered to third.

Michael Cullen, who arrived at Monza neck-and-neck with team-mate Shovlin for second place in the title race, had his hopes for the runner's-up spot dashed when he hit the wall at the Parabolica on lap seven after dicing with Shovlin.

In race two, polesitter Barde lost the back end at the first chicane and could only sit and watch as the pack streamed past. Shovlin's lead was short-lived - he was passed by Pergl and Philipp Baron before a safety-car interlude bunched up the field following Michel Oprey's enormous accident on the start-finish straight.

The trio of Pergl, Shovlin and Baron battled it out after the restart, with Pergl eventually tasting victory in spite of treacherous conditions when the back of the circuit was soaked in oil. Shovlin trailed Pergl by 2.9s and Belgian pilot Louis Machiels was third.

Oliver Morley snatched the Coppa Shell title by a whisker - two points and less than two-tenths of a second separated his rival Freddy Kremer from the championship trophy.

Morley took a comfortable win in Friday's event ahead of Kremer and Norbert Walchhofer. But on Saturday, Kremer - leading the race with Morley in third - was all set for title glory until Walchhofer muscled his way past at the Parabolica on the last lap, handing a fortunate Morley the title.

, Ange Barde (F), 24m23.484s
Paddy Shovlin (IRL), 24m27.625s
Robert Pergl (CZE), 24m30.918s
Louis Machiels (B), 24m31.902s
Peter Van Merksteyn (NL), 24m48.421s
Pasquale Gagliardi (I), 24m52.284s

Robert Pergl (CZE), 46m44.311s
Paddy Shovlin (IRL), 46m47.236s
Louis Machiels (B), 46m54.721s
Pasquale Gagliardi (I), 46m55.807s
Ange Barde (F), 46m56.330s
Michael Cullen (IRL), 46m56.553s

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