Italian Massimiliano Ferrari will race in P1

Italian sportscar racer and businessman Massimiliano Ferrari will compete in the 2007 Powerboat P1 World Championship. Racing in the Evolution Class, he will drive an American-built Skater 399 powered by Mercury engines.

For several years Ferrari has maintained close ties with Powerboat P1 and, with this announcement, his racing plans are finally complete. The Skater Racing Team represents a significant entry into the P1 fraternity, not only in the quality of the boat, pilots and back-up infrastructure but also the charismatic personalities of the team:

Massimiliano ‘Max’ Ferrari: Respected businessman and experienced powerboat and sportscar racer

Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia: The ‘Prince of Venice and Piedmont’, a motor sport enthusiast

Giorgio Pasotti: Actor (winner of the 2004 Flaiano Film Festival Best Actor Award for ‘Dopo Mezzanotte’) and fanatical sports competitor

Tomaso Trussardi: Youngest family member of the famous Trussardi Italian fashion brand

Andrea Bergamini and Maurizio Bulleri: 2005 P1 SuperSport World Champions and renowned PR and media experts

The team’s progress will be one of the most eagerly observed during the season on more than one level; a strong pilot line-up, royal blood and celebrities, in a racing boat built by one of the marine industry’s top boat manufacturers. Lorenzo Quadri, owner of ‘Quadri Racing’ in Geneva, Switzerland, is supplying the engines and technical equipment and, already, the 40ft boat has a ‘Hollywood’ pedigree, having been used in the United States by Columbia Pictures to advertise the ‘Spiderman’ movie.

“We look forward to presenting our sponsors to Italian and international audiences,” explains Max Ferrari ahead of the team’s Powerboat P1 debut, “And we want to prove that we are competitive amongst a tough fleet in P1, the most important and difficult championship in powerboating. With the credentials of the team and our combination of experience and skill, we are ready to launch our challenge and can’t wait to start the action!”