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Old 15th April 2015, 10:24   #1
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Default Gautam Singhania to race in Ferrari Challenge European Championship 2015

Gautam Hari Singhania is gearing up to race in the Ferrari Challenge European Championship 2015 which is scheduled to start this month. He will become the first Indian to take part in the championship and will be endorsed by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI).

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Gautam Singhania will race with Swiss team Kessel Racing. He has signed current GT driver and former F1 driver Andrea Motermini as his coach for the season.

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The Ferrari European Championship 2015 will comprise of a total of fifteen races with two races each weekend and will be spread over six weekends. It will be held at Monza (Italy), Imola (Italy), Mugello (Italy), Le Castellet (France), Valencia (Spain) and Budapest (Hungary). This culminates into the world finals, consisting of three races in December 2015, where one race is together with the other two regions of Asia and N America. The gird will consist of about 40-50 cars.

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The Ferrari Challenge is a single-marque sport championship, and was earlier created for owners of the Ferrari 348 Berlinetta who wanted to be involved in racing. Apart from racing, the Ferrari 458 challenge series will showcase over 250 exotic and limited series Ferrari cars.

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Ferrari Challenge Europe - 2015 Calender
  • Test Day: 31 March 2015 - Monza (Italy)
  • Round 1: 17-19 April 2015 - Monza (Italy)
  • Test Day: 28 April 2015 - Mugello (Italy)
  • Round 2: 8-10 May 2015 - Mugello (Italy)
  • Round 3: 26-28 June 2015 - Ferrari Racing Days, Budapest (Hungary)
  • Round 4: 24-26 July 2015 - Ferrari Racing Days, Le Castellet (France)
  • Test Day: 1 September 2015 - Imola (Italy)
  • Round 5: 18-20 September 2015 - Imola (Italy)
  • Round 6: 2-4 October 2015 - Valencia Spain
  • Round 7 and Finali Mondiali - TBA

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Does anyone have an idea how much does Raymond as a company sponsor all Gautam's events, drives, races, cars, upkeep, etc. I am sure it adds in brand recognition and brand showcase during all similar events, drives.
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Admirable ! Deep pockets X deep passion is an unstoppable combo
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Does anyone have an idea how much does Raymond as a company sponsor all Gautam's events, drives, races, cars, upkeep, etc. I am sure it adds in brand recognition and brand showcase during all similar events, drives.
One of the main problems Indian racers have had is getting proper sponsorship. Narain Karthikeyan was succesful in getting TATA and JK tyres to back him up. Chandok didnt seem to enjoy that much backing.

I cant say in terms of figures but they sponsor everything he does in racing. Its his kingdom after all. The establishment is on a revival as well so I dont think there are any problems in coughing up the funds. I am curious to know if Ferrari assist in any way. It is a racing series for Ferrari owners, I wonder if they help with logistics, technical support etc.

Good luck to Mr. Singhania. Hope he does his country proud! I am sure a lot of us will be backing him.

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It is a racing series for Ferrari owners, I wonder if they help with logistics, technical support etc.
I believe it's an 'arrive and drive' format. The entry fee includes everything from the car to the support and even transport and accommodation in most cases.

Getting a coach is a great move and I'm sure he'll be really good this year.
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Gautam Hari Singhania has secured a double podium finish in the first round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe Championship 2015, which was held at Monza, Italy. After qualifying in fourth and third positions for race 1 and race 2, he finished third in both races in the Coppa Shell category, becoming the first Indian to get a podium in the championship.

Gautam Singhania races for Kessel racing, a Swiss Team. Former F1 driver and current GT driver Andrea Motermini is his coach for the entire season.

The Coppa Shell category saw Ericha Prinoth (Ineco – Mp Racing) who had qualified in pole position, managing to keep his lead ahead of Jacques Duvyer. Gautam Singhania almost immediately after the start, moved up into third. Prinoth, Duvyer and Singhania pulled away from the rest of the field along with Thomas Lindroth (Baron Service) and Eric Cheung (AF Corse).

At the last corner of the last lap, halfway through the Parabolica, Prinoth found a slower car right in his line and had to slow. Duyver, who had got fastest out of the corner, took advantage of Prinoth’s misfortune, passed him and went on to win the race. Gautam Singhania, who scripted the fastest lap of the race, came in third.

Gautam Singhania races for Kessel racing, a Swiss Team. Former F1 driver and current GT driver Andrea Motermini is his coach for the entire season.
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Great work Mr. Singhania. Hope you keep this up for the rest of the championship. Fastest lap of the race means a lot more than it does. Even though there are no points for it.
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Default Gautam Singhania secures fourth position at the Ferrari Challenge

Gautam Hari Singhania raced in the Ferrari Challenge Europe Championship 2015 and secured second position in overall standing in the Coppa Shell category with 171 points after he managed to secure first position in the Final Race 1 at Mugello. However, in Race 2 he managed 7th position, thus his overall position was 4th on the leaderboard.

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With 34 cars battling it out on the track for the world championship trophy, drivers from Europe, Asia Pacific and North America secured a podium finish, while Mr. Singhania finished fourth at the world finals. He represented India and was endorsed by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI).

Gautam Hari Singhania raced with Kessel Racing, a Swiss Team, which has registered numerous wins to its name. Former F1 driver and current GT driver Andrea Motermini has been his coach for the entire season.

The entire season comprised of 15 races, spread over six weekends mainly at Monza, Imola & Mugello in Italy, Le Castellet in France, Valencia in Spain and Budapest in Hungary.

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Wow, this is great news. Hearty Congrats GS sir
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