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A dream weekend at the Nurburgring crowns Kessel Racing as both Team and Drivers’ Champions in the Blancpain Endurance Series.

Nurburgring

It was a dream weekend for Kessel Racing at the Nurburgring, the setting of the fifth race of the season in the Blancpain Endurance Series and the fifth season of racing for the SRO-promoted racing series. The Endurance season ended in triumph for the team from Grancia by becoming 2016 Team Champions in both the PRO-AM and AM classes, as well as Drivers’ Champions with Broniszewski-Bonacini-Rizzoli in the PRO-AM class and Gitlin-Talbot-Zanuttini in the AM class. Two extraordinary achievements that crown a fantastic season during which the team was on top at every opportunity with notable victories at Monza and Spa-Francorchamps. Whenever a victory didn’t come in the individual class there was always a podium placement or one just short of a podium meaning valuable points were taken which proved instrumental in producing the ultimate triumph at the Nurburgring.

The last race of the Endurance season saw Broniszewski-Bonacini-Rizzoli finish second with a tight and flawless race, while the AM class saw Gitlin-Talbot-Zanuttini finish fifth overall and ended the season first in the AM standings.

RONNIE KESSEL (Team Principal): “Well, stepping onto the winners’ podium in a Championship like the Blancpain Endurance Series brings immense joy and rewards all of the team for the brilliant work they have done all these years. We can at last celebrate together in seeing our name as well as our drivers’ names written on the golden hall of fame list. Tonight we’re going to celebrate and tomorrow we’ll start again with new motivations since our upcoming commitments and our competitors are just around the corner waiting for us. And we will be happy to take on new challenges with renewed optimism”.

Hockenheim sees Rick Lovat take a double victory in the Shell Cup.

Hockenheim - 10-11 September 2016

The fifth round of the European Ferrari Challenge will go down in history very well for Kessel Racing, having had a great weekend on Hockenheim’s racing circuit with the races of the one brand that is the Prancing Horse, the displays of the FXX, the 599 XX and FXXK, as well as F1 cars of the F1 Client Department of the Prancing Horse House, not forgetting the extraordinary participation of the four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Lovat on top in the Ferrari Challenge.
A resounding success for Rick Lovat who led the race from start to finish by calling the shots on championship leader, Thomas Loefflad (Stile F) as well as Erich Prinoth (Ineco/MP). Fourth place went to Fons Scheltema (third in the gentlemen), while Cuhadaroglu’s race came to an abrupt end when he went off-track at Motodrome. In the Trofeo Pirelli AM, Peter Knoflach finished in seventh  position in the race, which saw the victory of Sam Smeeth (Stratstone Ferrari). After Sebastian Vettel’s display with Scuderia Ferrari, a moment that sealed the numerous spectators’ huge passion around the German track, the second chapter of the Shell Cup was staged. After taking “pole” and Saturday’s victory, Rick Lovat was once again awarded the best starting position and capitalised by taking victory after a race where he led from start to finish. Fourth position went to Fons Scheltema, while Murat Cuhadaroglu came into contact with another driver and finished in twelfth place overall, having had a good start that saw him in high ranking positions. Grossmann and Leimer dominated the Trofeo Pirelli with Knoflach crossing the line in twelfth place.

RONNIE KESSEL (Team Principal): “It was a very hot weekend, not just in terms of the weather. Credit to Lovat, he had a perfect weekend with two pole positions and two victories. Credit must also go to Scheltema who collected important points in the race for the championship. Cuharadoglu continues to grow and I am sure that his progress and passion every time he enters the car will soon reward him. The same can be said for Knoflach, who is always very determined and passionate. This coming weekend we will be at the Nurburgring for the last race of the Blancpain Endurance Series, and as always we will go to the track with high objectives in mind.”

Kessel Racing takes heaps of podiums in Budapest.

Budapest 2016

THE SETTING
The last weekend of August is synonymous with the last days of vacation, even in motorsport. For the return to track of the GT cars the late August appointment marks the start of the second exciting part of the season. The Hungaroring circuit in Budapest is the forefather of Eastern European motor racing circuits, which saw its first F1 GP race in 1986, and is the setting of the fourth round of the Blancpain GT Series, the last but one, before the grand finale in Barcelona.

ON TRACK
Michael Broniszewski and Giacomo Piccini competed in Saturday’s Qualifying Race and took victory, crossing the chequered flag ahead of Team AKKA’s two Mercedes-AMG GT3s with drivers Bourret/Belloc and Beaubelique/Moulin-Trafford. In the AM class victory went to the Ferrari 458 GT3 AF Corse driven by Sdanewitsch/Mastronardi, while Steve Earle and David Perel finished third and thus stepped onto the podium. The Main Race took place on Sunday and completed the Hungarian weekend program. Broniszewski and Piccini took third place in the PRO-AM class, behind Team AKKA ‘s two Mercedes-AMG GT3s. However, Earle/Perel had great success in the AM class by taking victory ahead of two other successful Ferrari 458 GT3s, one deployed by AF Corse and driven by Sdanewitsch/Mastronardi, the other belonging to Team Black Pearl Racing with Parrow/Hook at the wheel.

THE FOCUS
RONNIE KESSEL (Team Principal): “Returning to racing after a short Summer break is nice and exciting just like the first day of school. Like a first homework assignment of the year it’s nice to come home with a good mark. It was also nice for the team in that it shows just how much hard work has been done so far during the season, and here in Budapest we went big with two wins and two podiums. See you in two weeks at Hockenheim with other races, more emotions and, hopefully, more success”.

A weekend of successes for Kessel Racing: always protagonists at Spa-Francorchamps and in Sochi.

Blancpain Endurance Series + GT Sports Club SPA / Ferrari Challenge SOCHI

It ended in extremely positive way the weekend of double-competitive engagement of Kessel Racing in the Ferrari Challenge Europe 2016 in Sochi, in the “24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps” and the races of the GT Sports Club at the Belgian track.

On the fourth round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe 2016 in Sochi, the first race on Saturday was successfully won by Fons Scheltema, winner ahead of Rick Lovat, and Murat Cuharadoglu ninth. On Sunday, Thomas Loefflad (Stile F) enjoyed the success, Rick Lovat in second place, while Cuharadoglu ended up in seventh place.

At Spa-Francorchamps, successes came in series with two victories of Broniszewski in the Gt Sports Club, successes that have guaranteed to Michael the title of the series sponsored by SRO and now in its second edition. To be underlined the two second places of Earle in the ranking of Iron Cup and the third step of the podium for Alexis De Bernardi, who always achieves excellent performances.

In the “24 Hours”, valid proof as fourth round of Blancpain Endurance Series, a striking success came in the Gentlemen Class for Zanuttini-Gitlin-Talbot and Cadei leading the race after only a few hours and able to resist to the opponents’ vehement return. Fifth place overall between PRO-AM for Broniszewski-Bonacini-Rizzoli and Piccini, who after leading the class ranking in the race middle phases, crossed the finish line in fifth class position collecting important points for the championship.

After the international successes of such last “weekend” of July, competitions for now go on vacation and the appointment with the competitive engagements of Kessel Racing is scheduled by the end of August in Budapest for the GT-Sprint.

RONNIE KESSEL (Team Owner): “It was a great weekend with successes coming from all over, from Ferrari Challenge in Sochi, from GT Sport Club and ” 24 Hours “in Spa. This is the best way to close a period of hard work, but also confront with the following races aware of our capabilities and our possibilities “.

Kessel Racing dominates at Paul Ricard in the Blancpain Endurance Series in another weekend full of emotions.

Paul Ricard

Le Castellet is a town with a population of just over four thousand people, located in Provence, and is famous throughout the world for its racing track, Circuit Paul Ricard, which was for so many years a venue on the F1 racing calendar.

BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIES

One week after success at Le Mans, yet more victories were taken on French soil by Kessel Racing. The third race of the season in the Endurance Championship resulted in triumph in both the PRO-AM class with Broniszewski / Rizzoli / Bonacini and the GENTLEMAN class with Gitlin / Zanuttini / Talbot, whilst the other car in the AM class, that of Delhez / Earle / Perel just missed out on getting on the podium by taking fourth place at the checkered flag. This is an extraordinary team result that catapults Broniszewski / Rizzoli / Bonacini into the lead in the drivers’ standings with the team also leading the way in the team classification. Following these results, the team now has its eyes set on the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, a classic event at the end of July, which could decide the fate of the season.

GT SPORTS CLUB

The GT Sports Club cars also took to the track during the racing weekend at Circuit Paul Ricard. In the “Qualifying Race” Team Akka rose to the occasion and won with Perfetti, whilst De Bernardi took fifth, Broniszewski took eighth, Earle crossed the line in twelfth and Price finished in twentieth. The “Main Race” saw the Mercedes of Broniszewski once again make a statement by stepping onto the podium in third place, with Earle taking tenth place and now leading the IRON class. De Bernardi crossed the finishing line in thirteenth place with Price taking twenty-second. With these results Broniszewski is still top in the overall standings, with Earle still leading the IRON class. Among the teams, Kessel Racing is in second place in the Main Race standings and is in first place in the Iron Cup classification.

ANALYSIS

RONNIE KESSEL (Team Principal): It was another great weekend, yet difficult and complex with so many cars lined up, but it rewarded us with a lot of incredible emotions. We were over the moon with victories in two classes in the Blancpain Endurance Series and we were a whisker away from stepping onto the podium in the AM race. Great results, but now we have to concentrate on Spa-Francorchamps as well as the championship because there are a lot of points up for grabs in the 24 hour race, which means we must have maximum concentration and hunger for victory. The end of the GT Sports Club weekend was also encouraging in all standings. We are now in the most important stage of the season; we will be at the Nurburgring next Sunday for the GT Sprint and we’ll be going there, as always, to win.

Kessel Racing takes victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the Ferrari Challenge

Le Mans

Kessel Racing has a special connection with the Le Mans racing circuit that goes further back than the Ferrari Challenge races that took place in 2011 and 2013; it goes as far back as the late nineties when Loris Kessel took part in the legendary ’24 Hours’ at the wheel of Team Obermaier’s Porsche 962, crossing the finish line in seventh place. At Le Mans, like a handful of other tracks around the world, you can deeply sense the history of motorsport, especially endurance racing. On the occasion of the most celebrated endurance race in the world, in 2011 and 2013 Ferrari Challenge Europe decided to bring its cars to the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe.

FERRARI CHALLENGE

In 2016 the French track hosted the third round of the Ferrari Challenge Europe championship with over forty cars competing in different categories around the more than thirteen kilometre Loire track. At Le Mans, Kessel Racing saw the victory of Fons Scheltema in the Gentlemen class after a gripping race, full of twists and turns and contacts. It was also a great race for Rick Lovat who finished fifth overall in the Shell Cup thanks to his impressive pace, affected only by the set back of his starting position in Thursday’s interrupted qualifying session, which prevented the Canadian driver from starting in a more prime position. Both Cuhadaroglu and Liam Talbot were just as competitive and gutsy as ever in the Shell Cup, with Talbot making his first appearance at Le Mans in the Ferrari Challenge after his experience in the GT Series, while Knoflach put on a fantastic performance to finish fifth in the Pirelli AM Trophy.

KESSEL RACING WINS THE 2016 24 HOURS OF LE MANS
Kessel Racing was a key player in both the Ferrari Challenge and the 24 Hours of Le Mans alongside its partner, Scuderia Corsa, a US-based team that competed in the endurance race with a Ferrari 458 Italia and triumphed in the GTE-AM class with drivers Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell and Jeff Segal behind the wheel. 2015 saw them take third place in the same category in the gruelling French marathon.

PARTNERSHIP

At the spectacular meeting that is the European Ferrari Challenge at Le Mans, Kessel Racing welcomes a new partnership with S.T.Dupont, a leading international company in elite accessories since 1872. Dupont, a brand that partners perfectly with Kessel Racing’s winning spirit, will accompany the team during important forthcoming races in 2016, in a challenging and exciting continuation to the season.

ANALYSIS

RONNIE KESSEL (Team Principal): It was a very intense and exciting weekend with us being key players in both the Ferrari Challenge and the 24 Hours. Le Mans is a very difficult track, which brings out a driver’s true character, but it can also destroy a race in the blink of an eye. Qualifying heavily influenced the Ferrari Challenge race, and as well as Scheltema ‘s victory in the Gentlemen class, we could also have seen Rick Lovat step onto the podium had he started in a higher position that would have suited his usual driving style. The suspension of Thursday’s qualifying session was completely counterproductive. Our drivers put on a great show in the Ferrari Challenge and we took a magnificent victory with Scuderia Forza in the 24 Hours. We have a great relationship with our American friends and the results came at the right time, with third place in 2015 and victory this year.

THE NEXT RACE

With Le Mans now in the archives, Kessel Racing will be back on track this weekend, once again in France, this time on the Circuit Paul Ricard for the third round of the Blancpain Endurance Series and the GT Sports Club.

TWO CARS IN THE POINTS FOR KESSEL RACING AT SILVERSTONE

Kessel Racing at Silverstone

One week after the success at Brands Hatch in the Blancpain GT Sprint Cup Series, Kessel Racing went back to England for the second round of the Endurance series.

QUALIFYING. Qualifying took place on Sunday morning after testing and free practice on Saturday. The cars were very evenly matched with many being separated by less than a second, similar to what happened in Monza in the first race of the season of the Endurance series. The Ferrari 488 GT3 of Broniszewski, Bonacini and Rizzoli clocked the tenth fastest time in the PRO-AM class after getting held up by traffic. David Perel put on a magnificent show by taking pole position behind the wheel of the Ferrari which he drives with Earle and Delhez. Gitlin, Zanuttini and Talbot took fifth position in the AM class.

THE RACE. The race saw a fantastic victory for the http Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Baumann, Jaafar and Buhk. The PRO-AM class was won by another Mercedes, the Black Falcon GT3 with Morley, Toril and Engel behind the wheel. The number 11 488 GT3 of Broniszewski, Bonacini and Rizzoli crossed the line in eighth place and collected important points for the championship. Among the AM racers a technical problem ended the race of car number 111, which had shot off into the distance after having taken that class pole, while the 888 driven by Gitlin, Zanuttini and Talbot finished sixth. The next round of the Blancpain Endurance Series is scheduled for the end of June at Circuit Paul Ricard, France.

TIZIANA BORGHI (Team Manager): “We have closed our campaign in England bringing home some important points with the PRO-AM car, in the Gentlemen’s we had a technical problem that forced the withdrawal of our 111 car, while the 888 had a great end to the race. It was a tricky race because historically Silverstone is a track that plays well into the hands of Ferrari. Tomorrow we’ll start thinking about our next commitments on more favourable tracks such as Paul Ricard”.

KESSEL RACING HAS GREAT SUCCESS AT BRANDS HATCH

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For the second round of the Blancpain GT Series and the GT Sports Club, teams and drivers gathered in the country of the home of motorsport, Britain. Racing here has always been highly special. Passion and expertise go hand in hand, and on the various British tracks it is not uncommon to see queues of fans with notebooks, photographs and books at hand waiting patiently for their turn to get an autograph from a driver, be they a famous ex-professional or a quiet gentleman who races for fun. This is without doubt an important aspect for those who race at the track or who work there. Enthusiasm, skill and passion are all elements that always seek to offer the best, both on track and in a bustling box.

ORIGINS. Brands Hatch is certainly at the heart of English people’s passion for motorsport. The name of the circuit comes from the archaic form “de Brondehach” which literally means entrance to the forest. It is without question a name that accurately describes the area surrounding the track, nestled in a beautiful forest in the town of Swanley in the county of Kent, one hour away from London. Of the many British motor racing circuits that have contributed to the writing of the history of international motorsport, Brands Hatch is certainly the most spectacular, and also the most technical, with its series of fast and off-camber sections and elevation changes that make it uniquely difficult, especially in wet conditions. This is a feature that drivers always appreciate, so much so that when the calendars of the various championships are published everyone eagerly looks out for the name of this British circuit.

KESSEL RACING ALSO AT THE TOP IN BRITAIN. Last weekend Kessel Racing took part in two different championships at Brands Hatch: in the Blancpain GT Sprint Series and the GT Sports Club. Michael Broniszewski and Giacomo Piccini, winners of the opening races held at Misano Adriatico in early April, also made a name for themselves at Brands Hatch, finishing second in the Qualifying Race in the PRO-AM class right behind Team Akka’s Mercedes AMG GT3. The excellent morning’s performance was repeated in the Main Race, with a great victory in the PRO-AM class that extends their lead in the championship.

VICTORIES GALORE IN GT SPORTS CLUB TOO. The cracking weekend was topped off by Kessel Racing’s success in the GT Sports Club. In the morning Qualifying Race it was Broniszewski who put his Ferrari 458 GTE on pole. The Polish driver secured his position in front of AF Corse’s Ferrari 458 GT3, driven by Van Glabeke, and Ojjeh’s BMW M6 GT3. Alexis De Bernardi finished in sixth position and Earle in tenth, ahead of Price. Earle and Price came second and third respectively in the Iron Cup, stepping onto the podium behind the Audi R8 LMS of Brunstedt. Broniszewski secured the top step in the Main Race in front of Ojjeh’s BMW GT3 and Van Glabeke’s 458 GT3. Within a whisker of the podium was De Bernardi in fourth position, while Earle was seventh overall and won the Iron Cup. Price came eleventh overall and took third place in the Iron Cup. The next race for Kessel Racing is next week with the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, while Kessel Classic will be staged in Monte Carlo for the tenth edition of the F.1 Grand Prix for classic cars.

RONNIE KESSEL (Team Principal): “It was an intense weekend that gave us great satisfaction with fantastic results in the various categories. But we won’t even have time to savour these victories because in a few days we will be back here in England at Silverstone, where the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series will take place, in which we won at Monza just a few weeks ago. It will be a great opportunity to prove ourselves in the PRO-AM class and to seek redemption in the Gentlemen where we were really unlucky at Monza. At the same time we will also be very busy in Monte Carlo with our Ensign-Ford in the Historic Grand Prix. It’s a new competition in uniquely delightful surroundings. It will once again be a really passionate and hard-working weekend, full of emotions”.

KESSEL RACING – THE MAIN PLAYER IN THE 2016 SECOND ROUND AT  MUGELLO.

KESSEL RACING – THE MAIN PLAYER IN THE 2016 SECOND ROUND AT MUGELLO.

Last weekend, four weeks after the start of the season at Monza, the second round of the 2016 Ferrari Challenge Europe took place. Ferrari came back to one of its traditional circuits, a place where the Ferrari Challenge has written many wonderful and beautiful chapters of its own story which began in 1993: Mugello. More than forty cars had signed up and it was a great occasion for Ferrari clients to once again try their car out on a real track. Let’s not forget Kessel Racing’s passion and input; last year at Mugello they celebrated Jacques Duyver’s title in the Shell Cup. Kessel is just as emphatically motivated  this year at Mugello and is looking forward to the races ahead in the Ferrari Challenge as well as other championships where it is a key player.

A SPECTACULAR VIEW. Mugello has always represented one of the most beautiful circuits on the whole international scene. Two-wheeled riders and four-wheeled drivers love this track for its rises and falls and turns specifically made to show drivers’ technical ability. All things considered the Tuscan track is marvelled by everyone also and especially for the nature that wraps itself around the circuit. The track is immersed in striking tones of colour and is perfectly nestled in a bright and wide valley, magnificent in the Spring even for those at the wheel of a Ferrari Challenge car or in the boxes engaging in routine tasks. This is Mugello with its fragrances and perfumes of a unique land. It is a historical land of high values, tradition, culture and passion. Passion for racing, the very same passion which we take to circuits all over the world almost every weekend.

KEY PLAYERS THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. Mugello was a fantastic weekend for both our cars and drivers who were always in the most important battles during the four races that took place. It saw Peter Knoflach take sixth and fifth place in the PRO-AM class of the Pirelli Trophy, which were great results for the class level. All of our cars saw the chequered flag in Saturday’s Shell Cup: Scheltema made the podium by coming third and Cuhadaroglu came eighth in race one with Murat who is showing great maturity after a much needed settling-in period. Lovat took eleventh place after running into traffic whilst the ever positive and enthusiastic Daniel Kuenzli took fifteenth place. The second race saw Lovat come sixth and Kuenzli tenth with Scheltema just behind him. Cuhadaroglu ran into bad luck due to a problem in the opening stages of the race and unfortunately had to retire.
RONNIE KESSEL (Team Owner): “It was an interesting weekend, which was lived to the max by the drivers and the team. We’re really looking forward to the next race and we really want to put up a good battle. Le Mans is the history of racing and being there with our cars in front of 300,000 passionate people is a great reason to be proud. In the last two races we’ve come close to clinching victory and we’ll try again this year…”

Monza welcomes the start of the 2016 Blancpain Endurance Series with great success for Kessel Racing

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The team from Grancia came to the track with three cars: the ever-present Broniszewski and Bonacini were at the wheel of the new Ferrari 488 GT3 in the “PRO-AM” class, with Andrea Rizzoli also adding himself to the team, the winner of the 2014 championship during his first season at Kessel Racing. Two Ferrari 458 GT3s ran in the Gentlemen class: “the Doctor” Stephen Earle was in car number 111 and was accompanied by two new drivers, the Belgian Delhez and the South African Perel. Marco Zanuttini and the Australian Liam Talbot shared the 888 car alongside the Russian Vadim Gitlin who was a key driver with Kessel Racing in the 2014 Ferrari Challenge.

KESSEL & MONZA. Monza has always been a special and unique place for Kessel. It’s practically on Kessel’s doorstep given the short distance between the track in Lombardy and the offices in Grancia. It’s the very track on which way back in 1977 saw Loris Kessel debut the Ford-Cosworth powered Apollon with which he battled for the drivers’ and constructors’ championships on the f1 calendar.
Monza was the first race in the 2011 series where the 458 GT3 driven by Gattuso, Rigon and Zampieri took pole position. It was none other than Valentino Rossi alongside Uccio Salucci who raced at Monza in 2012. Kessel Racing’s box was surrounded by fans of the 9 time World Champion who had a great race in the rain. The first race of the 2013 season at Monza saw the triumph of Ramos, Rigon and Zampieri who dominated the 3 hour race, showing themselves to be one of the most competitive cars ever in the series. On the same day Bontempelli, Caccia and Garofano took a brilliant second place in the AM class. Let’s not forget Earle, Talbot and Zanuttini’s great performance at Monza in 2015 in the Gentlemen’s class as well as Broniszewski, Lyons and Bonacini’s who came third after having led the race right from the beginning and unfortunately ran into technical issues in the last minutes of the race.


TODAY. Once again Monza has shown itself to be a favourable track for Kessel Racing which dominated the “PRO-AM” class with the Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Broniszewski, Bonacini and Rizzoli, who were outstanding in getting everything out of the turbo charged 8 cylinder Maranello engine. It was a sensational victory, which goes to show just how much work was put in during the Winter months by the team based in Grancia. The two cars that entered the “GENTLEMEN” category both ran into bad luck and were forced to retire during the first hour of racing. The cars are still in parc fermé, but once the celebrations are over our team will concentrate on the next race in the calendar in mid-May, Silverstone. It will once again be a challenge for Broniszewski, Bonacini and Rizzoli to repeat their success in Monza, whilst the two Gentlemen cars of Earle-Delhez-Perel and Zanuttini-Talbot-Gitlin will undoubtedly be hungry to make up for their misfortune.
RONNIE KESSEL (Team Owner): Monza has always represented something special to us. It’s our home race and it was at this very track that we obtained amazing results in the past. We had a great win today with our car in the PRO-AM category, in which we had great success in the sprint Championship at Misano Adriatico a few weeks ago. Being at the head of the championship in both the GT Sprint and Endurance categories gives us great satisfaction and confidence for the season ahead. It was a pity for our two cars in the GENTLEMEN category; they had great potential but unfortunately were forced to retire in the early stages of the race. We have high expectations for Silverstone to once again confirm our team dominance.

Ferrari Challenge Europe: Podium for Kessel Racing 

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The 12 corners and the 5.6 km of Monza circuit, one of the oldest and most famous in the world, hosted the first weekend of races for Ferrari Challenge Europe.
43 Ferrari 458S  competed on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of April for the Pirelli Trophy and the 2016 Shell Cup, with Kessel Racing’s four gentlemen drivers.

A great result for Fons Scheltema and Rick Lovat in Race 1, who came second and third respectively, preceded by the winner Thomas Loefflad. Daniel Kuenzli crossed the finish line in 13th place, whilst the strong qualifying position of Murat Cuhadaroglu went up in smoke due to an accident at Lesmo corner on the 2nd lap.

In race 2 all of Kessel Racing’s cars crossed the line in the following positions:
4th- Rick LOVAT
5th- Fons SCHELTEMA                                                                                                                                
14th- Daniel KUENZLI
16th- Murat Ruhi CUHADAROGLU
It was a gripping race for Kessel Racing, which came very close to getting on the  podium just like in the previous race. There was great suspense on the final lap as Lovat tried to overtake Di Amato.
We look forward to seeing you at the end of April at Mugello for the second race of the 2016 Ferrari Challenge Europe.
Note:
This first meeting of the season saw the opening of K-space, the modern hospitality space put in place by Kessel for the racing team, the sponsors and guests.
Ronnie Kessel:
It was a pleasure to see our team racing again as well as shaking hands with the sponsors, guests and friends. What made this weekend even more fantastic was giving our clients the wonderful opportunity to race on the track with their own cars.

Kessel Racing dominates in Abu Dhabi: overall victory in the PRO and GENTLEMEN classes

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The best possible conclusion of the season for Kessel Racing: in Abu Dhabi – at the fifth edition of the Gulf 12 Hours – the men from the Swiss Team won the races of every class in which they participated. The first of the two parts – each over six hours – was started in the early morning in Abu Dhabi (9:20am CET). After the first six hours the car started by Kessel Racing in the PRO class with Broniszewski/Piccini/Rigon gained overall win. The car crossed the line ahead of the two Mercedes SLS from the Black Falcon Racing Team. De Bernardi/Capirossi/Cadei with their Ferrari 458 GT3 concluded the race in first place in the Gentleman class. They were followed by the other car from Kessel Racing with Gitlin/Lyons/Zanuttinim guaranteeing the team a splendid one-two win after the first six hours.

The second part of the race started when the sun came down over the Yas Marina circuit. And again the men from Grancia dominated the show.  Broniszewski/Piccini/Rigon brought home the overall win in the PRO class, crossing the line ahead of the Mercedes SLS from the Black Falcon Team and the Aston Martin Vantage from the Oman Racing Team. Gitlin/Lyons/Zanuttini winning the Gentleman category, meanwhile De Bernardi/Capirossi/Cadei, victorious in the first part of the race, crossed the line in second position amongst the Gentlemen.

RONNIE KESSEL (Team Principal): “A great season ends with this enormous success. Over the last year we gained so much in every competition we participated in and it was extremely satisfying. We really wanted to do well here in Abu Dhabi, achieving the success we missed on other occasions. Big thanks go to our fantastic drivers, to the men and women of the team, who were great throughout the year on every single occasion. What else to say… it’s almost sad that such a great season is about to end. But 2016 is just around the corner. And we’ll be right there to fight for victory.”

Kessel Racing already at the top in abu dhabi after free practice

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Everything is ready in Abu Dhabi at the Yas Marina circuit for the Gulf 12 Hours. The endurance race is held for the fifth time, this year on Friday in two runs with 6 hours each. After one day of testing on Tuesday, where the drivers and teams got to know the track, today it’s tinm for two free practice sessions. Tomorrow afternoon, after another round of free practice, the qualifying will be held.

Kessel Racing will start with three Ferrari 458 GT3. In the “PRO” class with Michal Broniszewski, Giacomo Piccini and Davide Rigon. In the “Gentleman” class two cars will go onto the track: one with Alexis De Bernardi, Loris Capirossi and Niki Cadei and another with Vadim Gitlin, Michael Lyons and Marco Zanuttini, while the latter won the “Gentleman” class in 2014.

The Kessel Racing car with number 11 driven by Broniszewski/Piccini/Rigon set the fastest overall lap time in today’s free practice. Ninth overall time was driven by De Bernardi/Capirossi/Cadei, while the Ferrari 458 GT3 with Gitlin/Lyons/Zanuttini behind the wheel was in twelfth place on the timesheet.
The race can be followed live on the official website: www.gulf12hours.com.

Kessel Racing in Abu Dhabi for the “Gulf 12 Hours” with Loris Capirossi at his debut in international endurance racing

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Kessel Racing will start with three Ferrari 458 GT3 on the Yas Marina circuit from 9 to 11 December. In the “PRO” class with Michal Broniszewski, Giacomo Piccini and Davide Rigon. In the “Gentleman” class two cars will go onto the track: one with Alexis De Bernardi, Loris Capirossi and Niki Cadei and another with Vadim Gitlin, Michael Lyons and Marco Zanuttini, while the latter won the “Gentleman” class in 2014.

This year the Italian three-time MotoGP World Champion Loris Capirossi will start with a Ferrari 458 GT3 from Kessel Racing. This will be an exciting challenge for the Italian driver and a reason to be proud for the Team from Grancia.

Capirossi will join other famous names from the MotoGP world, who already competed with cars from Kessel Racing: in 2012 MotoGP-phenomenon Valentino Rossi competed with a Ferrari from Kessel Racing in two races in the Blancpain Endurance Series, while last year at Yas Marina the reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo drove a Ferrari managed by the Team from Grancia to win the Gulf 12 Hours.

Scheltema and Lovat take Kessel Racing on the World Champions’ podium

Finali Mugello 2

The first Finali race was held in the Shell Cup where Erich Prinoth (Ineco/MP Racing) won in front of Fons Scheltema and Rick Lovat. Meanwhile Gautam Singhania animated the race with a series of amazing overtaking manoeuvres, concluding the race in fourth position after a drive-through penalty. Jacques Duyver, 2015 Shell Cup Champion, had an unfortunate race and was out in lap one after he was involved in a multiple collision. Cuhadaroglu concluded his race in 17th position.

In the Pirelli Trophy Finali race for the World Title victory went to Alessandro Vezzoni (Team Pellin) ahead of Martin Nelson (Autoropa) and Nicolas Sturzinger (Foitek Racing). Fifth position was gained by Alexis De Bernardi ahead of Rocca and followed by Macari.

RONNIE KESSEL (Team Principal): “This was a wonderful season, we’ve intensely lived with our drivers right from the first race in Monza to here at the Finali Mondiali at Mugello. It was a year of lots of success for the team and for our drivers. I want to thank the entire team for the great work during the year. We’re filing our victories and start working for the next season, which – as far as we can see already – will be extremely demanding.”

More places on the podium for Kessel Racing in the final 2015 Ferrari Challenge Europe race

Finali Mugello

After having gained the Shell Cup title already in terms of figures with Jacques Duyver, race two satisfied Kessel Racing still more. Here, Duyver crossed the line in second position, right behind Adamski and followed by Fons Scheltema. Singhania came home seventh, followed by Cuhadaroglu in thirteenth and Lovat in seventeenth in the category.

In race two in the Pirelli Trophy victory in the AM category went to Smeeth, right in front of Vezzoni. The latter, due to this result, conquered the title in this category. For Kessel Racing it was a tenth place with De Bernardi as well as a thirteenth with Knoflach. Anthony Imparato and Chris Cagnazzi – who are backed by Kessel Racing here at the Mugello race track – both crossed the line in third place in the Pirelli Trophy NA AM and the Shell Cup North America respectively.

Tomorrow, Sunday, the Finali Mondiali, with the fight for the World Title in the Shell Cup and the Pirelli Trophy, will conclude the 2015 Ferrari Corse Clienti season.

Kessel Racing in Mugello for Ferrari Challenge Finali Mondiali

Mugello

Almost 70 drivers from all over the world will take part in the event. Two groups have been created: one for the Pirelli Trophy Europe, the Pirelli Trophy and the Shell Cup Asia Pacific another for the Shell Cup Europe, the Pirelli Trophy and the Shell Cup North America.

But there won’t be only racing. Over the long weekend in Mugello historical single-seaters from Maranello’s F1 Clienti department as well as the 12-cylinders from the XX programmes – the FXX K, the FXX and the 599XX – will be taken onto the track. The Scuderia Ferrari will show up on Sunday for the traditional good-bye with the drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel, offering a show behind the wheels of their single-seaters.

After today’s races Duyver is still leading the Shell Cup classification with 40 points ahead of the now second-placed Singhania, overtaking Prinoth, who is now in third place. In the Pirelli Trophy AM Nelson leads with two points ahead of Vezzoni, followed by De Bernardi in fifth position.

Kessel Racing will participate with nine cars: Alexis De Bernardi and Peter Knoflach will start in the Pirelli Trophy AM, Fons Scheltema, Rick Lovat, Murat Cuhadaroglu in the Shell Cup while Jacques Duyver and Gautam Singhania while fight for the title in the last two races. The drivers for the team from Grancia will be reinforced for the occasion by Anthony Imperato and Chris Cagnazzi, who have been racing in the North American series.

The Ferrari Challenge in Mugello can be followed on TV on Motors TV in Switzerland. In Italy they will be shown on one of the SKY SPORT channels.

Roaring success at the weekend in Valencia for Kessel Racing

Valencia

After the one-two-three win on Saturday in Race one in the Shell Cup in Race-two Kessel Racing put four cars on the first four places in the classification. Thus the winner of the race, Jacques Duyver, concluded his weekend in Valencia thanks to his victory in Race with a double-win. Second position went to Singhania, ahead of Scheltema and Lovat. Cuhadaroglu didn’t finish the race. He went off track, fortunately without any damage.

In the Pirelli Trophy AM Alexis De Bernardi repeated his spectacular performance from Saturday’s Race one, and gained another second place, right behind Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa).

After today’s races Duyver is still leading the Shell Cup classification with 40 points ahead of the now second-placed Singhania, overtaking Prinoth, who is now in third place. In the Pirelli Trophy AM Nelson leads with two points ahead of Vezzoni, followed by De Bernardi in fifth position.

The next Ferrari Challenge race will be started in the first week of November on the race track of Mugello, where the last races in the European Championship will be held as well as the Finali Mondiali.

TIZIANA BORGHI (Team Manager): “What can I say at the end of such a race weekend… just perfect. In Misano Adriatico Bianchi won the Championship and here in Valencia we filled the podiums in the Shell Cup in both races with great performance by all drivers. Alexis De Bernardi gained two places on the podium in the Pirelli Trophy and missed victory by a whisker in the AM category. As of tomorrow we’ll concentrate on the Finali Mondiali….where we naturally want to win again.”

Champions!

Bianchi

Today’s race was won by the Ferrari 458 GT3 driven by Mario Cordoni, while Bianchi crossed the line second, ahead of Mezard – also behind the wheel of a Ferrari and Bianchi’s main competitor for the title.

Thus Bianchi’s winning streak continues behind the wheel of Kessel Racing cars: after his wins in the 2014 Ferrari Challenge Europe – where he won the European Championship as well as the Finali Mondiali – now there’s another prestigious title for Max.

RONNIE KESSEL (Team Principal): “This was a great day for Max Bianchi and Kessel Racing. Max has been racing with us for three seasons now and after the first year, when he settled in with the team, he started winning. Last year he won the European Championship in the Ferrari Challenge as well as the Finali Mondiali. This year he decided to compete in a Gran Turismo Championship and his feeling for the car, new for him, hasn’t changed. He was quick straight away, immediately competitive and immediately he started to win. Fantastic. Great news also from Valencia, where we participated in the Ferrari Challenge. Now, to conclude the season, we immediately concentrate on the Finali Mondiali, the prestigious event in Mugello, where, as it is our tradition, we want to be a main protagonist.”

Kessel Racing ends 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series on a high note

Nurburgring

Kessel Racing gained a spectacular third place at this season’s last race in the series in the “PRO-AM” class with Broniszewski/Bonacini/Lyons. Thanks to today’s result the drivers gain second place in the final standing of the Championship. Meanwhile also the AM drivers with Earle/Talbot/Zanuttini cut a fine figure with their fourth final place, which means that they conclude the Championship’s season with a third place in the classification.

TIZIANA BORGHI (Team Manager): “We’re leaving the Nürburgring satisfied by what has been shown by every single component of the team and our drivers. We really wanted to end such an important season as this one on a high note. In the end loads of passion and lots of effort were rewarded with both cars in the Top three in their categories. This is definitely a good starting point for planning the future.”

Two more places on the podium conclude Kessel Racing’s weekend in Imola

Imola

In the Pirelli Trophy Alexis De Bernardi set the fifth fastest time amongst the drivers in the AM class, which meant that he could start from sixth row of the starting grid. In the Shell Cup pole position went to Singhania ahead of Prinoth (Ineco/MP). Fons Scheltema started from row two thanks to the third fastest time of the field. Meanwhile Rick Lovat had set the fifth fastest time and Duyver started from row eight.

With the weather unpredictable today in Emilia-Romagna and a constant threat of rain in the air, race two of the Pirelli Trophy was dominated by overall winner Björn Grossmann (Octane 126). De Bernardi gained a fifth overall place in the AM class. The driver from Luxemburg was slowed down when he had to come to the box to get rid of foliage his car had picked up on the track, blocking the radiator inlets and this raising the temperature of the 458 Challenge EVO’s eight cylinders.

Race two in the Shell Cup offered a long duel between Singhania and Prinoth, which was won by the latter. Second place went to Singhania, third place to Scheltema and fourth to Lovat, who fought an exciting duel right to the chequered flag. Duyver close his race in eight place.

The next Ferrari Challenge Europe race will be held in only two weeks on the Spanish race track of “Ricardo Tormo” just outside Valencia.