Michael Schumacher was the star guest during Ferrari Racing Days 2008 held at the Nürburgring last Sunday, the German driver demonstrating the new Ferrari California (top), the track-special FXX (above) and his title-winning F2004 single seater.

The bad weather conditions couldn't hold back the numerous fans to reach the Nürburgring for the Ferrari Racing Days' final day on Sunday: the event's intense program was completed despite heavy rain and wind to the delight of almost 20,000 spectators. Besides the F430, which started for their sixth run of the Ferrari Challenge Pirelli Trophy, 19 single-seaters from Maranello's F1 Clienti department and the cars from the FXX programme went on the track.

The second run of the European racing series was won by Frenchman Ange Barde (Modena Motors), followed by the German Bjiörn Grossmann (Autohaus Gohm) and the Italian Max Blancardi (Motor/Malucelli). Amongst the Shell Cup's gentleman drivers the Briton Michael Cantillon (Ferrari GB Dealer Team), who already won race 1, was victorious ahead of the German Wido Roessler (Tamsen) and Peter Reichegger (Rossocorsa/Pellin).

The Shell Historic Challenge's second race for the cars from grid "A+B" was dominated by Daniel Maier's Maserati 300S ahead of the two Maserati A6GCS of Lukas Huni and Conrad Ulrich. The race of grid "C" was won by the German Darius Ahrabian with his Ferrari 512 BB LM, followed by David Franklin, behind the wheel of a Ferrari 312 P, and Jean Guittard with another Ferrari 512 BB LM.

Michael Schumacher met the Clienti-Collaudatori, the client test-drivers, part of the exclusive FXX Programme, in the afternoon. They went on the track for two free practice sessions. At the end of the sessions the German driver went on the track with his F2004 in the session, dedicated to the F1 Clienti, and eventually with the latest model with the Prancing Horse, the California, a car the German helped to plan since the early stages.

The European division of the Ferrari Challenge Pirelli Trophy, the F1 Clienti cars and the FXX will be back on the weekend of the 7th October at the Mugello circuit for the Ferrari World Finals 2008: the traditional event at the end of the motor sport season, where the decisive races of the Italian and the North-American Ferrari Challenge Pirelli Trophy and the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge will be held and the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro will greet its tifosi and while the F430 GT will present themselves to the fans.

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