Being confident of the one-two won in Japan, along with team-mate James Calado and AF Corse’s mates, Davide Rigon is ready to get back at the wheel of the Ferrari 458 GTE-PRO #71, for 6 Hours of Shanghai, scene of the sixth round of FIA WEC World Championship.
For Rigon, this will be a return on the 5,451 meters of the Chinese circuit (also scene of F1 World Championship), where a year ago he won the first seal in FIA World Endurance Championship, with a victory in 8Star Motorsport’s colours, on Ferrari in GTE-AM category. Thanks to that success, and other podium placements, the 27-year-old from Thiene contributed significantly to winning the titles of Team, for 8Star Motorsport, and Constructors, for Ferrari.
With the second place at 6 Hours of Fuji, Rigon and Calado raised steeply in ranking, entering the Top-10 and strengthening Ferrari’s leadership among Constructors. “I have to say that China has always brought me good luck. Last year, I celebrated the first victory in World Championship, while in 2008 I won the title in Superleague Formula, with the colours of Beijing Guoan“, Davide Rigon says, flying to the Republic of China. “The One-two and podium gave us not only awareness of working in the right direction but also great drive in view of championship’s end”. After Shanghai, FIA WEC Circus will move to Bahrain (November 15th) and Brazil (November 30th) for the grand finale.
“In Qualifying we could give up something to opponents, recovering then in race pace. Both my team-mate and I, we’re rookies in the leading class and we’re called to do our part, in order to win and confirm Ferrari’s title. We finally got to race on tracks that are already known to me, and this can be translated into an advantage. Moreover, Shanghai“, Davide concludes, “is the last less favourable track for our car”.