After an excellent second place at Fuji three weeks ago, Davide Rigon, paired with James Calado,climbed the podium again this weekend thanks to third place at 6 Hours of Shanghai, the sixth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship season.
With this valuable result, the 27-year-old Venetian driver confirmed his love of racing in China, which gave him his first victory in the World Championship just a year ago, and with his Ferrari 458 GTE-Pro #71 prepared by AF Corse Team. I’m really happy with this podium. I thank the team, because they did a great job in pits. Here in Shanghai we had a demanding race until the end and we tried to do our best”.
Team-mates Brini-Vilander were forced to retirement as the Ferrari number 51 of the AF Corse team, driven at that time by “Gimmi” Bruni, was involved in an accident with the LMP2 prototype car of KCMG Team, which had stopped because of a problem technical, fortunately without any consequences for the two drivers. It was really hard for “Gimmi” Bruni to avoid the contact, because the prototype was right on his own trajectory. “I’m really sorry for what happened to our team-mates”, siud Rigon.
With this new podium, Davide continues rising in ranking of his category, adding further fifteen points to his personal total, that earns him the seventh place in world championship, maintaining Ferrari in the running for winning the constructors’ title. The “Prancing Horse” team leads the group with still 2 dates on the calendar for the month of November. “Keep it up. There are still two important appointments on the calendar”, Rigon concludes, “which, on paper, should be favourable to the characteristics of our car”.