2007 Ferrari F430 Challenge at RM Sotheby’s Auction Monaco 2018

  • Driven by Bruno Senna to two wins in the Ferrari Challenge at Silverstone in June 2007
  • Understood to be the only Ferrari ever raced by a member of the Senna family
  • Used sparingly for track day events and maintained FF Corse
  • Presented in original Senna livery

Direkt link to the auction https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/MC18/Monaco/lots/r0012-2007-ferrari-f430-challenge/642104

Introduced for the 2006 season, the F430 Challenge initially appeared alongside the older 360 model in Ferrari Challenge races, prior to becoming the sole variant eligible from 2007 until 2011. Retaining the potent 483-hp V-8 engine of the standard car, as well as its innovative paddle-shift operated six speed gearbox, weight saving of almost 300 kg ensured prodigious performance and spectacular racing.

Entered by Ferrari UK, chassis no. 146687 was driven by Bruno Senna – subsequent Hispania, Lotus-Renault and Williams F1 driver, and nephew of the great Ayrton – in its sole race outing in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli round at Silverstone in June 2007. Having qualified on pole for both races, resounding victories ensued and the motoring press took notice:

“Star driver of the weekend was, without doubt, Bruno Senna . . . On pole for both day’s races, the 23-year-old from São Paolo simply disappeared into the distance on Saturday, and merely won comfortably the next day. In a highly competitive field of semi-professionals who really know how to get the best out of these identical cars, Senna, driving GP2 this year, was truly in another class. – Classic Driver, 12 June 2007

The car was never raced again – maintaining its 100 percent winning record – and was sold shortly thereafter to the consignor, in whose ownership it has been used only for occasional track days. It has been maintained throughout by Silverstone-based marque specialists FF Corse and has since been upgraded to “GT Cup” specification. This included the fitment of a front splitter and rear wing; however, all original components accompany the car and can be easily re-fitted, should the purchaser wish to return the car to its original specification.

Immaculately presented, the car is accompanied by two additional sets of wheels, steel brake disc assemblies and corresponding pads, air jack safety stands, a spare livery set, original Ferrari car cover and a comprehensive history file.

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