Tim Schenken is still Australia’s only Ferrari factory driver. Hopefully we will see others in the future

Tim Schenken is still Australia’s only Ferrari factory driver. Hopefully we will see others in the future

Ferrari has announced that Australia’s only ever Ferrari factory driver, Tim Schenken, Schenken will lead a parade of more than 100 Ferraris from Albert Park, Melbourne’s home of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix, on Tuesday 10th October.

He will be at the wheel of a Ferrari 70th Anniversary limited edition LaFerrari Aperta as part of the famed Italian marque’s official 70th anniversary celebrations.

Tim Schenken’s Ferrari racing career began in 1971 when he was signed up by Enzo Ferrari in a Monza hotel (where else!) to driver Ferrari sportscars. The deal was that he would drive nine long distance races piloting the Ferrari 312P.

His first race win for Ferrari was the Buenos Aries 1000 kilometre in January 1972. That year he also won the Nurburgring 1000 km, 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 1000 km and Zeltweg 1000 km races. The next year saw him finish second at the Vallelunga 6-hour and Monza 1000 km races.

Though Tim Schenken is probably best known for being the race director for the Virgin Australia Supercars, he also has major international racing connections. He is currently the director of racing operations with CAMS (the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport) and the chairman of the organising committee and clerk of the course for the Australian Grand Prix.

He oversees CAMS’ relationship with the FIA and is a long standing member of the FIA Touring Car Commission.

“It is an incredible honour to be asked to participate in Ferrari’s official 70th Anniversary celebrations in Melbourne,” said Mr Schenken. “My race deal with Ferrari was an significant milestone in my career. In some ways that 1971 meeting with Enzo Ferrari seems just like yesterday.

“I’m really looking forward to reliving and celebrating that history in this way, behind the wheel of the LaFerrari Aperta.”

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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