I was privileged enough to be given the opportunity to cover the first Australian hosted Ferrari Racing Days Event for Sydney Motorsport Park. Having been to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy, and seen the life size clay models they had of La Ferrari, it was a great highlight to see it up close and in person. I wasn’t prepared though for just how much personal access was given to past Ferrari Formula 1 cars that were raced by the likes of Gerhard Berger and Rubens Barichello. Seeing the handiwork and craftsmanship of an F1 V12 Exhaust Manifold and other F1 bits up close and personal is something quite exhilarating.
Then of course there are the stunning road cars on track being let off leash by their exuberant owners, the 599XX and FXX racing programs, and the spectacular Ferrari 458 Asia Pacific Challenge series. Still though, after all that, nothing does compare to seeing a current shape F1 car being driven to it’s limit by Ferrari F1 test driver Marc Genè in a demonstration that included timed laps, a live pit stop test (just how many people does it take to do an F1 pit stop???) and topped out by massive tyre frying, V8 screaming F1 burnout, what could a Ferrari fan possibly ask more of?
As you can see from the photos there was a great amount of action to be experienced on the day.