Over 30K fans at Mugello for the Ferrari party The 2007 World Finals came to an end with the key moments of the event today at the Mugello International Circuit. Highlight was the demonstration by Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, warmly received by thirty-two thousand fans gathered at the Tuscan track to salute Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, Luca Badoer, Marc Gené and the entire F1 World Championship winning team. Also in attendance were Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, Vice-President Piero Ferrari, C.E.O. Jean Todt and Managing Director Amedeo Felisa.
Adding to the party was the on-track demonstration of the F430 GT cars that took Ferrari to victory in the 2007 FIA GT2 and ALMS GT2 Constructors' Cup and a parade of cars most representative of the 60 year history of the Maranello marque, right up to the present day with the new 430 Scuderia. Opening this part of the program was Michael Schumacher in a FXX, on the day when future plans for the exclusive "FXX Program" were announced for the next two years, which include the adoption of a new evolutionary package developed in conjunction with the seven times World Champion.
The day's racing program consisted of the final races of the season for the Ferrari championships. Highlight was the world finals of the Ferrari Challenge Pirelli Trophy, featuring the F430 Challenge cars and won by Vito Postiglione (Motor/Malucelli,) who crossed the line ahead of Niki Cadei (Rossocorsa) and Lorenzo Bontempelli (Rossocorsa.) Giorgio Massazza (Rossocorsa) took victory in the "mondialino" the "world championship" for the gentlemen drivers competing in the Shell Cup.
Taking to the track for their second series of races this weekend were cars entered in the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge, for which historic Maseratis are also eligible. Wins at the end of these races went to Tony Smith's 1960 Ferrari 256 F1/FL in the "A" category for single-seaters, the 1956 Maserati 250 SI of Marc Devis in the "B" group for sports and GT cars fitted with drum brakes, and Paul Knapfield's 1980 Ferrari 512 BB LM in the "C" group for cars with disc brakes.
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