Davide Rigon and team-mate James Calado took the second step on the podium behind Ferrari team-mates and standings’ leaders, Bruni and Vilander
Davide and James raced the Ferrari 458 GTE-Pro #71 to fourth place of qualifying and the second step of the podium for the best result of the season, giving AF Corse team and Ferrari an important double for the Constructors’ standings bringing areward to 200 points.
Davide Rigon"It’s been a hard-fought race right from the beginning; we’ve done a great team job. We’ve been able to express our potential as much as we could, on a track that I already knew, having attended the round of last season, that was cancelled due to bad weather.
"After driving half a championship on circuits completely unknown to me, now we come on tracks already known. This may be transformed into an extra advantage, because some secrets are discovered only during the race. Going back to Fuji’s race, with the second place we’ve completed an excellent weekend, both for us of AF Corse and for Ferrari that consolidates the leadership among constructors".
A success dedicated to his friend Jules Bianchi, who right in Japan is fighting his most important battle after his terrible accident. "We are all with Jules. We want to dedicate this double 100% to him, hoping he’ll come back soon to drive."
Giovanni Minardi"Finally, we’ve seen the potential of Davide in the World Championship. Till today, unfortunately, he wasn’t able to express himself at 100%, for lack of knowledge of tracks and for some technical problems. On the first occasion, however, he succeeded brilliantly. I am sure we’ll be competitive in all latest races, in order to help Ferrari, as protagonists, to win the Constructors' title."
Next round of FIA WEC is scheduled for the 2nd of November in China, where there’ll be the 6 Hours of Shanghai.