Pinoy racer takes the wheel in Ferrari Challenge


Posted at Feb 13 2014 06:11 PM | Updated as of Feb 14 2014 02:13 AM

Vincent Floirendo poses for a photo next to a Ferrari car.

MANILA – Race car driver Vincent Floirendo will aim to make history when he competes at the Asia Pacific round of Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli 2014 in Sepang, Malaysia next week.

Floirendo will be the first Filipino to compete in the Ferrari Challenge, which is one of the most successful one-make racing series in the world.

This year, the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli will run across three series in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

For the Asia Pacific region, the other contenders will come from Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and South Korea.

"We congratulate Vincent Floirendo for taking up this exciting and history-making challenge for the Philippines. Ferrari and its official dealers are the only ones allowed to enter cars in this racing series,” Marc Soong, executive director of Autostrada Motore Inc., said in a statement.

“We will support him all the way and hope this inspires more Filipino drivers to participate in motor sports," he added.

Autostrada Motore Inc. is the official importer and distributor of Ferrari cars in the Philippines.

The Ferrari Challenge is dedicated to non-professional drivers in different classifications: the Trofeo Pirelli, Trofeo Pirelli Pro, Coppa Shell and for the first time this year, the Gentlemen Cup for drivers over 50 years old. Mr. Floirendo will be competing in Trofeo Pirelli.

The 46-year old Floirendo, who originally hails from Davao, is no stranger to the race track. He is two-time Driver of the Year of the Yokohama Philippine GT Championship Series, winning the championship in 2011 and 2012. He is also a veteran racer in karting, circuit and Formula 3 competitions.

Also making its debut in this series is the 458 Challenge EVO, a package of aerodynamic improvements such as Manettino dial, CCM2 Brakes, dual clutch gearbox and more.

All the Ferrari 458 Challenge cars for the competition must have the EVO Kit. Cars will be produced in Italy and flown directly to the race track in Asia. Ferrari is also flying in its technicians and engineers for each race to prepare and manage all the cars over the racing period.