For the third meeting in a row, Davide Rigon paired with team-mate James Calado, climbed the podium in Bahrain for the seventh round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Right from the start Davide and James stood out on the demanding circuit of Bahrain in the #71 of the Amato Ferrari team running in the Pro class.
After the two free practice sessions they clocked the third best lap time, behind the #51 of the new World Champions Bruni-Vilander.
The 6 Hours proved to be a tight race from the green light with a constant pressure by Porsche and the high temperatures of climate and asphalt. Without making mistakes despite nightfall, Davide and James switched each other, holding up the pace and giving Ferrari and AF Corse a new podium, ending a sensational weekend for the colours of Maranello. “We are very happy for this new podium that took us one step further in standings”, said Davide Rigon.
Thanks to his third place he adds a further 15 points to his tally entering the top six in GT category.
“We were very pleased with the time set in Qualifying, as we had decided to focus on hard tyres. In the race we fought constantly with Porsche, our main opponents. After losing a few positions at the start to set our tyre’s temperature, I was able to recover. In the first stint the safety car entry costed us a bit of time. However, a podium is always of great satisfaction, especially since we are talking about the most important stage”.
There was double joy for AF Corse who celebrated not only Team title, but also Drivers’ title with the more experienced colleagues, Bruni and Vilander. “It was a sensational weekend for all of us in team. As AF, we won the Team title, while Gimmi and Toni won the Drivers’ title”.
For the team from Piacenza, it is the third title in three seasons. At this point in order for the season to be really memorable Ferrari has now to gain the Constructors’ title, a mission that must be completed during the last race of the season atin two weeks Interlagos in Brazil.
“In fifteen days we will be back on track in São Paulo for the final round. My goal is to give Ferrari the Constructors’ title”, Rigon concludes.