New Ferrari Challenge UK race series is a global first

Four-race series for Ferrari 488 Challenge launches at Brands Hatch in spring 2019

Ferrari Challenge UK race seriesBritain is getting its own one-make Ferrari racing series, with the Ferrari Challenge UK series launching at Brands Hatch on 25 April next year.

It’s the first time Ferrari has dedicated a one-make racing series to a single market. The Ferrari 488 Challenge cars will run on four race circuits, with two races running at each circuit.

Overseen by Ferrari Corse Clienti, the new series will be run to exactly the same rules and regulations as other Ferrari Challenge series globally.

Ferrari Challenge UK race series

The difference comes in the race licence requirements. Drivers can race with an MSA National A licence, rather than the International C licence that’s necessary for the other Ferrari Challenge series.

This makes it more accessible to UK drivers who may not have the necessary signatures to upgrade – and could also see the Ferrari Challenge UK series become a recognised stepping stone up through the Ferrari racing ladder.

Any client who owns a Ferrari 488 Challenge racer can enter the series. Want to know more, says Ferrari? Contact your local dealer – they’ll have all the information you need.

Ferrari Challenge UK race series

The Ferrari-first single-market series is recognition of how important Britain is for the Italian brand: it’s the second-largest market in the world for Ferrari.

The UK is also the second-oldest Ferrari export market, after the U.S., with imports beginning back in the late 1950s and official imports commencing in 1960.

Ferrari Challenge UK race series

Ferrari Challenge UK 2019 race dates

  • 25 April: Brands Hatch prologue and test
  • 18 – 19 May: Brands Hatch race 1 and 2
  • 22 – 23 June: Snetterton race 3 and 4
  • 20 – 21 July: Croft race 5 and 6
  • 21 – 22 Sept: Silverstone race 7 and 8


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Richard Aucock
Richard is director at Motoring Research. He has been with us since 2001, and has been a motoring journalist even longer. He won the IMCO Motoring Writer of the Future Award in 1996 and the acclaimed Sir William Lyons Award in 1998. Both awards are run by the Guild of Motoring Writers and Richard is currently chairman of the world's largest organisation for automotive media professionals. Richard is also a juror for World Car Awards and the UK juror for the AUTOBEST awards.


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