Yamaguchi wins eventful Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Asia / Pacific opener

Ferrari Challenge Yamaguchi

Kazuyuki Yamaguchi claimed victory in the first race of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli event in Melbourne after numerous incidents played out during eight eventful laps on Saturday.

Yamaguchi finished 1.056 seconds clear of M Auto Hiroshima’s Go Max, while Blackbird Concessionaires Hong Kong’s David Pun completed the podium.

Cornes Osaka’s Yamaguchi made a great jump at the start to take the lead into the first corner and he was quickly followed by Max and Pun.

The drama was unfolding behind the front three, though, as Japan's Atsushi Iritani spun into the opening corner on Lap 1 before Makoto Fujiwara, in the Cornes Tokyo entry, crashed his Ferrari 488 head on into the barrier between Turns 3 and 4 on the second lap.

The accident was enough to bring out the safety car as marshals cleared the circuit.

Philippe Prette, who started from pole, and the #24 of Max also made contact at Turn 3 later on in the race.

Prette was sent into a spin before continuing on but could only finish sixth.

James Weiland’s car also came to rest at Turn 14 on the penultimate lap, ending his day early. 

The American was in contention for a podium finish before his car came to a rest trackside.

The final race of the weekend kicks off on Sunday at 10:30am.

Limited tickets are still available for the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019. The event runs from 14-17 March at Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.

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