Stratstone has now officially handed the Ferrari 488 over to Sam Smeeth, who tested the impressive road car at Silverstone this week. Sam is now ready to represent team ‘Stratstone Ferrari’ at the first race of the 2017 series in Valencia. Good luck Sam!
The full list of tracks and dates for the 2017 Ferrari Challenge can be seen below.
19th - 21st May - Valencia
9th - 11th June - Monza
23rd - 25th June - Budapest
21st - 23rd July - Le Castellet
22nd - 24th September - Silverstone
6th - 8th October - Imola
26th - 29th October - Mugello
Article Updated: 11/05/2017
Ferrari Challenge was first created back in 1993, after owners of Ferrari 348 road cars wanted to get into motor racing. The series has gone on from strength to strength and the formula today sees Ferrari owners racing their very own Ferrari race cars, in championships which happen in Europe, North America and Asia. In more recent years' the cars which have competed have included the later Ferrari F430 and Ferrari 458 models. Incidentally, 2017 will see the inclusion of the Ferrari 488 race car - the latest race version of the already awe-inspiring Ferrari 488 road car.
Owning a Ferrari is a mere dream for many, however, for the lucky owners out there, simply owning isn't enough for some. Consequently, Ferrari Challenge gives owners of these incredible cars the opportunity to become a full-on racing driver in this exciting race series. Unsurprisingly, it costs a considerable amount to enter, plus when you factor in the never-ending costs to be competitive in motor racing - including spare parts, mechanics, fuel, tyres - well, it all adds up, even for the privileged owners of Ferrari's. However, there is also the possibility of getting help from sponsors and that's where the relationship of Stratstone and Sam Smeeth come into play.
Sam Smeeth drives in the Ferrari Challenge race series for team 'Stratstone Ferrari' in which last season he used his 458 Challenge racing car - car number 92. Sam's Ferrari Challenge debut was back in 2013, at Mugello, and he has since gone onto win the European Championship in his fourth season, in 2016 - tallying up an impressive 235 points.
Sam will hope to continue his success in the 2017 Ferrari Challenge Europe, which kicks off in Valencia in May and ends at Mugello in October. This year, Sam will be racing the all-new Ferrari 488 Challenge race car, which was unveiled at last year's season finale race at Mugello and which happened to be on display at our Wilmslow Ferrari centre back in February.
All that's left to say is - Good luck for the 2017 season, Sam!
See Sam's progress here, once the new season gets under way.