Ferrari Problem readies for Sonoma Raceway
For the second spherical of the 2021 Ferrari Problem season in North America, the championship will make a long-awaited return to Sonoma Raceway within the coronary heart of the Napa valley. A packed schedule and a full paddock await because the Problem season continues on the technical 2.22-mile circuit.
Return to Wine Nation: Ferrari Problem is making its return to the Sonoma circuit after a five-year hiatus. The two.22-mile, 12-turn course final hosted the Problem collection in 2016 when the collection made use of the 458 Problem Evo automobiles. The historic circuit has hosted almost each main racing collection, from being featured as one among two road-courses on the NASCAR circuit to tug racing on the central drag strip.
The configuration utilized by the Problem collection enjoys lots of the similar difficulties navigated by these different collection. Most notably, the Flip 1 and Flip 2 sequence the place the monitor rises over 100 ft whereas turning to the left. Drivers should navigate that sequence whereas slowing the automobile from over 140mph down to only over 60mph for a really tough right-hander. From there, drivers proceed on to a pointy right-hander main right down to the carousel and onto the drag strip for the longest straight on the monitor. Heavy breaking into Flip 7 represents the very best probability for overtaking. From there, the Ferrari Problem collection will make use of the non-obligatory Flip 9 chicane earlier than heading to the unique flip 11 hairpin.
Entries proceed to point out energy: With over 40 Ferrari 488 Problem Evo automobiles racing and an extra 18 Ferraris taking part within the Membership Problem program, the Problem collection continues to carry its standing because the pre-eminent single-make GT collection in North America. The Sonoma entry represents a high-water mark for the nascent 2021 season as drivers are clearly enthusiastic for the collection’ return to the California circuit.
Class battles starting to point out definition: After a single race-weekend at VIR, the 2021 Problem season is already shaping as much as be extremely aggressive. Whereas Trofeo Pirelli is led by the only entrant so far within the class, Cooper MacNeil (Ferrari of Westlake), in Trofeo Pirelli AM1, Martin Burrowes (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) leads the way in which, however Barry Zekelman (Ferrari of Ontario), Dave Musial (Ferrari of Lake Forest) and Neil Gehani (Continental Autosports) are all inside a single level of one another. Within the AM2 class Jason McCarthy (Vast World Ferrari) leads over Brian Davis (Ferrari of Palm Seashore) and John Megrue (Ferrari of Lengthy Island). Notably, Keysin Chen (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) has been elevated after his first-ever racing weekend at VIR into the Trofeo Pirelli AM2 class. In Coppa Shell, Todd Coleman (Ferrari of Denver) will look to hold on his sturdy momentum after again to again wins at VIR whereas Brandon Kruse will sadly miss this spherical and so will definitely cede his championship result in one other driver within the class.
Schedule: The Problem collection continues to live-stream all qualifying and racing classes on stay.ferrari.com in addition to the Ferrari Races Automobilnews web page. Testing classes will start on Wednesday and Thursday, adopted by official apply classes on Friday. Saturday’s motion will start with qualifying classes at 9:35 a.m. (all occasions in PT) and racing at 1:35 p.m. Sunday’s schedule will broadly mirror Saturday with qualifying once more starting at 9:35 a.m. and racing classes at 1:15 p.m.