Racing season is upon us, and the first Ferrari 488 Challenge event of the year begins with a victory for our very own Danny Baker in car number 121. Danny qualified brilliantly putting his 488 Challenge car on the front row of the grid with a 2:12.1 lap time, nearly a full second faster than the next nearest competitor, Dale Katechis. This is Danny’s first time qualifying his 488 in pole position in his racing career, and he did so in spectacular fashion.
Competing in the Coppa Shell class, Danny dominated both the first and second race, beating out Mark Issa, Dale Katechis, and Claude Senhoreti. The races were largely undramatic for our driver as he maintained his lead through the first corner and for the entire 30 minute sprint, avoiding a collision further down the racing order. Mid-way through the his first race, Issa challenged Danny’s position, but Baker was able to hold him off and grow a steady lead amounting to 7.471 seconds in race one and slowing to 4.151 seconds in race two due as he nursed brake issues. Even so, Danny laid down very consistent lap times with his fastest lap of the race one being 2:15.823 and 2:15.783 for race two.
This first race weekend was a very strong result for Baker’s providing him with comfortable points in the bag. There are 6 more races to go in the season, and we wish him good fortune for his next race on April 5th-7th in Sebring. Head to Ferrari’s Corse Clienti page for a full schedule and to see more coverage of Danny’s race at COTA.
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