Photos: Official Press Images from MCO 2017
Ferrari marks its 70th anniversary year with the top three podium places in the post-1965 speed trials
From the Adriatic to the Mediterranean, ending as per tradition in Piazza Grande in Modena, the seventeenth edition of the Modena Cento Ore 2017 ran from 6 to 11 June and saw participation by 101 crews from 21 countries, representing 19 different motor vehicle manufacturers.
The final race rankings show just how demanding the challenge was, right to the last metre.
François and Jacques Entremont, crew no. 41, won the Competition G/H/I section for cars built after 1965, with just a 2-second advantage over the crew that came second, who in turn beat the third-place car by a handful of seconds. Two seconds on a total time of almost two hours and 180 km of track racing and special stages.
A very hard-fought podium therefore, with two 308 Group 4 Michelotto and a 365 Daytona Competition taking the Ferrari name to victory in this very important year for the Prancing Horse.
The speed trials for cars built before 1965 was also a hard-fought podium, with crew no. 1, Philip Walker and Howard Redhouse in their Jaguar E-Type beating the Cobra 289 driven by Mark Freeman and Mike Ellis by about twenty seconds, for their 4th consecutive year as winners.
Victory in the indexed classification went to Albert Otten and Kai Billesfeld in their splendid 1939 BMW 328, racing as crew no. 40.
Finally, the regularity section saw a return of the battle between the Belgian crews, who swapped last year’s places on the podium with crew no. 80, Philip Vlieghe and Filip Deplancke in their Cobra this year grabbing first place with just 22 penalties over their rivals-friends.
Another fabulous Cobra 289 on the podium in the women’s regularity ranking, with first place going to crew no. 79, Roahmy Marchoir-Heras and Ingrid Peeters.
The women’s cup in the speed section meanwhile went to the very deserving Daniela Ellerbrock and Jackie Rohwer in their Alfa Romeo GTA, crew no. 23.
The team ranking saw victory in the speed trials for the Swiss entrants from the Scuderia Volante, with the German Scuderia Carolus Magnus winning in the regularity section.
The 2018 edition of the Modena Cento Ore will be held at the start of June, as always, with dates to be confirmed, as usual, in September.
Full 2017 Modena Cento Ore Entry List : Iscritti MCO17
Full 2017 Results for the Modena Cento Ore: