Ferrari Challenge Mugello: Laursen earns Coppa Shell victory

Ferrari Challenge Europe's Coppa Shell champion Johnny Laursen won the class World Final ahead of his European rival Henry Hassid in a to-and-fro battle at Mugello

Ferrari Challenge Mugello: Laursen earns Coppa Shell victory

Hassid's pole position for the final, having set the fastest lap in qualifying across the weekend, instantly came under threat and he was passed by Laursen through the opening three corners of the first lap.

That crucial overtake proved to the winning move but Laursen's new-found lead came under threat after Claudio Sciovinni pulled his Kessel Racing Ferrari off track with a problem, causing a safety car.

At the subsequent restart Hassid pressured Laursen relentlessly and on the fifth of 14 laps, race leader Laursen out-braked himself and ran wide at the first corner - but his rival was unable to make a pass stick.

Laursen's mistake meant he was under pressure to defend throughout the race, never extending his lead above a second, but he held on to deny Hassid.

Third went to Fabienne Wohlwend, but she was under investigation for allegedly causing long-time podium threat Manuela Gostner to spin at the right-handed second corner midway through the race.

Gostner fell down the order to finish sixth while Wohlwend ran unchallenged to third.

Tadakazu Kojima was the only non-Ferrari Challenge Europe driver to finish inside the top 10 after he held of Erich Prinoth to become the highest placed Asia Pacific Challenge runner.

Christophe Hurni's Team Zenith Sion Ferrari ran unchallenged to a lonely seventh ahead of Ingvar Mattsson, who climbed from 10th to eighth early on.

The top 10 was completed by two Europe competitors in Fons Scheltema and Vladimir Hladik.

shares
comments
Ferrari Challenge Mugello: Rubbo wins 458 World Final battle

Previous article

Ferrari Challenge Mugello: Rubbo wins 458 World Final battle

Next article

Ferrari Challenge Mugello: Leimer wins headline World Final race

Ferrari Challenge Mugello: Leimer wins headline World Final race
Load comments
The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under Plus

The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

General
May 8, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Plus

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be

General
Apr 21, 2021
The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan Plus

The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan

Having had the door to F1 slammed in his face and come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, the collapse of a Peugeot LMP1 shot meant Japan was Bertrand Baguette's last chance of a career. But it's one which he has grasped with both hands

General
Feb 27, 2021
The female all-rounder who arrived "too early" Plus

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early"

From Formula 3 to truck racing, Dakar and EuroNASCAR via a winning stint in the DTM, there's not much Ellen Lohr hasn't seen in a stellar racing career that highlights the merit in being a generalist. But she believes her career came too early...

General
Feb 17, 2021
How Radical's latest machines fare on track Plus

How Radical's latest machines fare on track

The lightweight sportscar manufacturer has not rewritten the rulebook with its latest machines, but the new SR3 XX and SR10 still provide a step forward on its previous successful models

General
Feb 8, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Plus

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them

General
Jan 31, 2021
How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Plus

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

General
Jan 26, 2021
How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Plus

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going

General
Nov 24, 2020