From Sao Paulo to Nurburgring passing through Spa. Many new challenges for Rigon

Exciting end of the season for Davide Rigon. The 27-year-old driver from Vicenza, who is at the Scuderia Ferrari’s disposal for sport and technical development activities, will take part in three different races belonging to different championships.

Davide will make his debut in the FIA WEC World Championship (World Endurance Championship) by competing in the 6 hours of Sao Paulo, the Championship’s fourth round which is scheduled for this week end. Once again the talented driver will be behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 GT2 alongside the 8Star Motorsport Team, a team who is managed by the AF Corse. The Italian racer will share the wheel with Ruy Aguas and Vincente Potolicchio.

After leaving Brazil he will head to Belgium, to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit where he will take part in the International GT Open Championship’s sixth round at the wheel of the Villorba Corse Team’s 458 GT2. The Team is second in the teams’ standing. Rigon will replace Luca Filippi and race alongside Andrea Montermini.

“It will be an honor for me to race alongside the Villorba Corse Team”, says Rigon, “I’ve been to the team’s headquarter and our cooperation has started in a good way. I immediately liked the 458 and it’s a car I’ve already known. It’s a great responsibility to replace Luca at Spa and race alongside Montermini, it’ll be a very interesting experience and I will do my best.”

“It was important to go on pursuing the same logic that has always characterized our racing season”, analyses Mr. Raimondo Amadio, the team principal “so we’ve tried to replace Filippi with another high skilled racer. Davide is the right choice, for sure. He’s a very high skilled and talented guy, so I think that he’ll deliver great performances alongside our team. He visited our company at the beginning of August to set some details about the car’s seat and he was really happy and motivated. Furthermore, we’re very glad and proud to have the opportunity to cooperate with a Ferrari’s driver.”

From Spa to Nurburgring. The week end of September 21/22 Davide will be behind the wheel of the Kessel Racing Team’s 458 GT3 #44 again to contest the Blancpain Endurance Series Championship’s final race. After taking an exciting win at Monza, along with his team mates Zampieri and Ramos, he has steadfastly been the PRO standing’s leader. Left the 24 hours of Spa behind, the 1000 km of the Nurburgring will be the final race to try to win the 2013 title “Everything will be decided at the Nurburgring. We’re still the Championship’s leaders ad we want to end the season in the best way”, ends up Davide.

Davide Rigon signs with Kessel for the BEC GT

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.