Mosport Park, 18 May – It proved a tricky weekend for the Ferraris competing in the Pirelli World Challenge but even tougher for Olivier Beretta who left Canada, the home nation of the R. Ferri team, still topping the standings but only after two very complicated races.
Difficult times. Beretta, in fact, had to make do with a seventh and an eighth place, a very disappointing tally after what we saw in qualifying when the Monegasque driver managed to stay well up the front throughout. In Race 1, he was seventh across the line while yesterday’s race saw him involved in a close encounter with the McLaren of Kevin Estre at the midpoint stage of the race, when he was lying third. Both drivers went off the track and Olivier got back in 10th position but was able to work his way up to eighth in the end. By way of consolation, Beretta’s main rival in the title race, Porsche driver Ryan Dalziel, garnered even fewer points. A double victory by Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac), excellent results from Butch Leitziger, Chris Dyson (Bentley) and Mike Skeen (Audi), however, mixed things up in the standings. Beretta thus hangs on as leader but he will find himself doing battle with a much larger crowd for the title in two weeks’ time in Detroit.