mercredi 11 novembre 2015
Davide Rigon and James Calado - Rise of the Ferrari youngsters in FIA WEC
Davide Rigon and James Calado are having a great FIA World Endurance Championship season in the challenging GTE-Pro class. The two factory Ferrari GT drivers are still in the fight for the world crown with one round left in the 2015 FIA WEC.
Behind the wheel of the AF Corse run #71 Ferrari 458 GTE, Davide Rigon and James Calado were competitive and fast all season long with multiple podiums. The two youngsters proved to be as one of the fastest drivers in the field and in many times were ahead of their much experienced team-mates Gimmi Bruni and Toni Vilander.
Their 2015 season started very well with a fine third at the 6 Hours of Silverstone. Later they were unlucky at Spa-Francorchamps with no Ferraris on the GTE-Pro podium.
Their results at the Le Mans 24 Hours were the highlight of their competitive season. The two Ferrari youngsters were joined by Olivier Beretta in the French classic. They finished in second place behind the class winning Corvette C7.R, but scored the full points in GTE-Pro as the American teams is not taking part in the full FIA WEC season.
At the Nürburgring they took the third place behind a dominant Porsche team. Third place again in Texas in the US round at the Circuit of the Americas. In Japan Davide Rigon and James Calado took a sensational GTE-Pro pole position and ended the Fuji Speedway event in third place again. Only in Shanghai they missed the podium ending fourth in GTE-Pro.
For the Bahrain season finale, Davide Rigon and James Calado know that they have to win and wait. With a total of 115 points each, they are 20 points behind the class leader, Porsche's Richard Lietz, a big gap. Their main target is to give Ferrari the World GT Manufacturers' title.