From Interlagos to Spa, from the WEC to the GT Open. Championships and circuits change, but the result is always the same. After making a successful debut in the WEC Championship one week ago, Davide Rigon and his team mate Andrea Montermini sealed a win at Spa-Francorchamps, where the International GT Championship’s sixth round was run last week end.
Despite the talented driver from Thiene competed in the GT Open Championship for the first time, he immediately became familiar with the challenge and managed to lead the Villorba Corse’s Ferrari 458 GT2 to the highest step of the podium, along with the Championship’s leader Andrea Montermini.
In a week end full of pitfalls, where the weather played a key role as it usually happens in Belgium, Davide weighed up the situation during free practice, set the second best chrono in Q2 and scored a fabulous win in the official race on Sunday. “It was a glorious week end; I want to congratulate Andrea and the team on a successful race. Spa is always an amazing circuit to race at. In race – 2 I took the option to start on slicks, even if the track was wet. I tried to be as cautious as possible in the first laps to avoid making mistakes”, said Rigon “then I began to push hard and I recovered a bit before passing the wheel to Andrea, who completed the masterpiece in the final stint by sealing a stunning win”, commented Davide “however, we regret for race -1 final result.”
In fact, a lively Saturday was ruined by a penalty imposed to the Villorba Corse pair for shifting driver while the safety car was still on track. After taking the pole in qualifying – 1, Montermini set the best chrono before passing the wheel to his team mate Rigon. The new-entry continued to drive a glorious race and, thanks to several amazing passes under the rain, he successfully managed to lead the car to the third position “Unfortunately the race was ruined by a one-lap-penalty which dropped us to the 14th place. Unfortunately, only few minutes before the window closed, the safety car got on track.”
After Spa, it’s time to focus on next event to be scheduled for September 21/22 at the Nurburgring, where the Blancpain Endurance Series’s final round will be raced. On that occasion Davide will be back at the wheel of the Kessel Racing team’s Ferrari 458 GT3.