The race around the world continued for EMS Race Team at the New Zealand Ferrari Challenge. Over the last 12 months, EMS Race Team has competed in eight different countries. On April 12-15, driver James Weiland and the Boardwalk Ferrari crew added New Zealand to a list that already included the United States, Canada, Hungary, France, England, Italy and Australia. Racing at the Hampton Downs in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, Weiland would guide ERIN the ems+ Ferrari 488 Challenge to EMS Race Team’s fourth podium of the 2018 season with a second-place overall finish in Race 1.
“You have to credit some amazing late-night engineering from Travis Low and tuning from David Cameron of the Boardwalk Ferrari team to get ERIN prepared her performance in Race 1,” Weiland said. “It really was a great job by the whole team to earn a podium while competing against such a talented group of drivers here in New Zealand.”
After earning that second-place overall finish in the Trofeo Pirelli class in Race 1, Weiland and ERIN followed that up with a top-five overall performance in Race 2 to close out the weekend. EMS qualified third for Race 1 and fourth for Race 2 before finishing P2 and P5, respectively. This came during a wet weekend in Auckland that saw both races go off on the same day with only a short break in between.
“Overall, it was a very enjoyable trip to New Zealand,” Weiland added. “Got some hardware in Race 1 and Auckland was very nice. My six-year-old son, Max, gave me a teddy bear so I would not get lonely on the trip and Duffy went everywhere with us. Really good guys and good racing here in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Asia Pacific. Thanks to Tony from Continental Cars – Ferrari and the Boardwalk Ferrari team, David Cameron, Travis Low and Conrad Grunewald. Our goal was to get PETA Cruelty Free, Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation and Cornerstone of Hope onto the podium and we’re proud to have been able to accomplish that.”
Well a very enjoyable trip to New Zealand. Got some hardware in Race 1 and Auckland was very nice. My 6 year old son Max gave me a teddy bear so I would not get lonely on the trip and Duffy went everywhere with us. Really good guys and good racing… https://t.co/qNcaYchseL pic.twitter.com/8PSck60nGC
— EMS Race Team (@emsRaceTeam) April 16, 2018
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than three million members and supporters. Products proudly displaying the bunny logo are cruelty-free, meaning that they were produced without testing on animals. Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation’s mission is to provide educational support to at risk children through a combination of literacy, personal development and health and fitness programs designed to develop the whole child. Cornerstone of Hope, meanwhile, is dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving. Guided by Christian values of compassion and service, they welcome and serve all seeking support. EMS Race Team has proudly raced to raise awareness for each cause as they’ve crisscrossed the globe over the past year.
For behind-the-scenes coverage throughout race weekend in New Zealand visit EMS Race Team on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also find more pictures of EMS Race Team’s new mascot, Duffy, along with shots of ERIN during her trip to Hampton Downs.