Davide Rigon signed with Kessel Racing Team a last minute agreement. The cooperation between the talented Italian driver and the Lugano-based team managed by Mr. Ronnie Kessel will continue also in the 2013 racing season of the Blancpain GT Endurance Championship, to start next weekend on Monza track.
This is the second consecutive year Davide takes part in the series at the wheel of the Ferrari 458 GT2. His aim is to move up the podium improving the third place achieved at Paul Ricard in the past season, relying on a greater experience in terms of his knowledge of the car and Championship.
“I’m so pleased with this agreement, which gives me the opportunity to continue to race for the Kessel Team. I’ll start this new challenge having gained one more year experience in the championship at the wheel of the amazing Ferrari 458 Italia. When I arrived in Monza last year I hadn’t tested the car before, now I can rely on a full season experience upon my shoulders. I hope to race in the dry, so to have the chance to understand all the values available”, Rigon says.
36 teams will take part in the Championship, 61 cars and 9 different constructors will challenge throughout a 5 races championship. After the Italian event the Championship will be raced in England (Silverstone, 2nd of June), in France (Paul Ricard, 30th of June), in Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps, 28th of July) and in Germany (Nurburgring, 22nd of August).
“It will be a difficult racing season in terms of drivers’ quality and because, with only 5 events to be disputed, any mistakes will be paid considerably. The most awaited event of the season is the 24H of Spa, as usual. That race is as important as a full racing season both for its charme and in terms of scoring”, the driver from Veneto says, as well.
“I’m so glad that Davide will continue to race for the Kessel Team in an amazing Championship such as the Blancpain Endurance. Last season was a little bit difficult, but I think this year the title will be easier to achieve, thanks to the team’s development, a good feeling with the engineer, an excellent staff and, above all, an excellent work on car development made by Michelotto, which made the car even more performing.
I hope this year Davide will finally forget about the accident occurred in 2011 at the Istanbul Park and start again to achieve the success achieved until that moment. Good luck to him, his teammates and Kessel Team.”, the manager Giovanni Minardi says.
The racing weekend will start with two sessions of free practices to last 120 min. each, to be held on Saturday; the qualifying session will be held on Sunday morning at 10.35 and will determine the starting grid of the race to start at 14.30 and finish at 17.30.