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Ferrari might have invented the best sounding trackday ever
Club Competizioni GT lets F50 GTs and 458 GT3s try to outscream each other
Ferrari’s 2019 has got off to a busy start. It’s swapped Maurizio Arrivabene for Mattia Binotto at the top of its Formula 1 team, while also announcing a couple of new motorsport activities.
Nope, there’s no surprise Formula E entry, but the launch of Ferrari Challenge in the UK – with the 488 Challenge one-make series visiting Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Croft and Silverstone – and something called Club Competizioni GT.
The name sounds melodic enough in its own right, but the actual event ought to make grown humans cry with joy. While not a race series, it’s a posh trackday for anyone who happens to own one of a very lovely roster of Ferrari racecars made between 1989 and 2018.
“Clients will also receive the support and professional tuition from Ferrari’s official drivers, many of whom have first-hand experience of racing these cars at Le Mans, Daytona and other Endurance or GT racing series around the world,” says the company.
Those cars? The Ferrari F40 Competizione, F50 GT and 575 GTC. The 348 LM, 360 GT and F430 GT3. More recent cars eligible to go out and play include endurance racing versions of the 458 and 488.
The playgrounds Ferrari’s picked aren’t half bad either, comprising Mugello, Indianapolis, Fuji and Vallelunga. Places that – across four dates this year – will host a noise battle between the V8s of an F40 and 458 and the V12s of an F50 and 575. Forget Glastonbury, there’ll be no better live music in 2019 than at Club Competizioni GT…