Mugello, 24 January 2006
During the press conference that preceded the traditional prize-giving
ceremony to the winners of Corse Clienti events, the programme for the 2006
season was announced. Also present was Ferrari's Direttore Generale,
Jean Todt, Commercial Director Andrea Bozzoli, head of Corse Clienti
activities, Antonello Coletta, and the new head of Ferrari Classic Projects,
The latter programme, as Bozzoli underlined, "will see clients of classic cars
in the forefront with the Historic Challenge. The new Ferrari Classiche
department will have the chance to fulfil its ambitions thanks to a
revamped technical assistance set up that is able to satisfy the needs of
the owners.” Roberto Taglietti, head of the newly created Progetto Ferrari
Classiche, illustrated to the press the guidelines that call for a certificate of
authenticity for cars over twenty years of age and the setting up of a Classic
Center, dedicated to the assistance and restoration of damaged parts realised
with reference to the original".
In regards to the technical details of the various championships in which
Ferrari's Clienti Sportivi will take part, and in particular in Ferrari Challenge
that is now in its fourteenth year, the microphone was passed to Antonello
Coletta. He stated that "the Challenge rules will not be modified next
season. The fifty minute format with the chance to make a driver change
will remain, thus optimising costs. What will be different will be the debut
of the F430, a car that will, as per tradition, be fielded in the Trofeo Pirelli or
the Coppa Shell.
the F430 will continue to battle it out with the Porsche in our traditionally
intense rivalry". In support of what Coletta said, Todt emphasised that Ferrari,
though not officially in the GT2 class, would back up a couple of teams,
probably running Pirellis. Continuing in the GT field, the Direttore Generale
made clear that the FIA GT's top class would all but be abandoned at a
group level in order to support the efforts of the Maserati MC12.
The ambitious FXX project fits into these activities, too, and, over the next
three years, will reserve for 29 lucky owners, fourteen events held around the
The press briefing ended with a tribute being paid to Gabriele Gardel for
a fantastic season in the FIA GT at the wheel of the 550 Maranello.
Michele Maceratesi, the Italian and World Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli
champion who dominated the season, was also recognised.