FIA Wec, “6 hours of Mexico”: double podium and first position in GTE Am
Monday, 5 September 2016 · All News
Double podium for the AF Corse Ferraris in the “6 Hours of Mexico”, round 5 in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). An hard race but, thanks to the perfecty strategy, the Italian team gained important points in the championship. Under the chequered flag, Bruni-Calado are in second spot of GTE Pro with their AF Corse Ferrari 488 #51 and Perrodo-Collard-Agus take the second place with the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia #83 keeping the first position in the championship standing.
GTE Pro – Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado were second at the end of the six-hours race. Following the first pit stop, car #51 suffered a drive-through penalty for exceeding track limits and ended up at the back of the GTE Pro. Halfway through the race, strong but not torrential rain began to fall, at which point the AF Corse crew adopted a bold strategy. No rain tyres were fitted on either car at the pit stops and this enabled them to gain some positions taking the second place at the end. The AF Corse Ferrari 488 #71, driven by Davide Rigon and Sam Bird, adopted the same strategy and took the fourth position.
GTE Am – François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas started from penultimante position and had to fight back the whole race. Thanks to a great perfomance, the trio in the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia #83 was in a fight for the podium after two hours from the green light, even managed to take the lead. However, in the end, the Porsche no. 88 fought back winning the race in class.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS - In the GTE Am drivers Trophy, Perrodo, Collard and Aguas confirm themselves solidly in the lead with 129 points (ahead of 35 of the second squad); AF Corse is first among the GTE Am team with 129 points (35 ahead of Abu Dhabi Proton Racing). In the GT Constructors championship, Ferrari is second with 176 points (Aston Martin second, 179). AF Corse has the second spot among the GTE Pro Team with 82 points (Aston Martin Racing is leading with 83). Rigon and Calado are second in the GT Drivers Cup thanks to 82 points (four points away from the top of the classification). Bruni and Calado have now the sixth spot with 62 points improving their position affected by the unfortunate events of Spa and Le Mans.
The next round in the FIA World Endurance Championship will be at Austin (Texas), September 17th.