Schenken to drive LaFerrari Aperta in Melbourne
Supercars race director Tim Schenken will take the wheel of a LaFerrari Aperta in Melbourne next week as part of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary.
The only Australian to have completed for a Ferrari factory team, Schenken raced for the Scuderia in sportscars during the 1970s, winning the Buenos Aires 1000km in 1972.
In 1972 he also won the Nurburgring 1000km, finished second in the Daytona 6 Hour, Sebring 12 Hour, Brands Hatch 1000 km and the Watkins Glen 6 Hour, and finished third at the Monza 1000km and Zeltweg 1000km races.
As Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, it confirmed Schenken would drive the car as part of the festivities in Melbourne.
“It is an incredible honour to be asked to participate in Ferrari’s official 70th Anniversary celebrations in Melbourne,” said Schenken.
“My race deal with Ferrari was a significant milestone in my career.
“I’m really looking forward to reliving and celebrating that history in this way, behind the wheel of the LaFerrari Aperta.”
“We are absolutely thrilled that one of Australia’s all-time motor racing legends, Tim Schenken OAM, will join us in Melbourne to celebrate Ferrari’s significant 70th Anniversary milestone,” said Herbert Appleroth, CEO of Ferrari Australasia.
“With his historic race wins for Ferrari alongside his continued association with CAMS and the Australian Grand Prix, Tim has played an important role in Ferrari’s 70-year racing heritage, both past and present.”
Schenken will drive the LaFerrari Aperta at the head of a parade of more than 100 Ferraris from Albert Park to Phillip Island on Tuesday 10 October.