FIA WEC, Fuji: titles is closer in GTE Am, podium in GTE Pro and Ferrari regains the lead in GT Constructorsí standings
Sunday, 16 October 2016 · All News
Two podium finishes in both GTE categories, first place in championship with close title and Ferrari in first position in GT Constructors championship. The outcomes arrive for the AF Corse Ferraris in the 6 Hours of Fuji (Japan), the third last round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
In the GTE Pro class, the AF Corse Ferrari 488 #51 – driven by Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado – has gained third step on podium ahead of AF Corse Ferrari 488 #71 with Davide Rigon and Sam Bird. The race was very tactical and held no surprises, without even an appearance of the Safety Car. At the start Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni overtook teammate Sam Bird who began behind the wheel of the 488 GTE no. 71. From then there began an impossible attempt to catch the two Fords that had established a lead from the start with their extraordinary speed on the straights.
In the GTE Am category, François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas have finished second gaining points that could be vital for the title. The trio are leading the GTE Am drivers standing from the 24 Hours of Le Mans and could win the title in the penultimate round in Shanghai on 6 November. They are now 155 points, 33-point lead over its Aston Martin rivals (Lauda and Dalla Lana). Perrodo, Collard and Aguas have shown to be very fast and clever tooking the second position despite a 35-second stop&go penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Ferrari is first thanks to 236 points (Aston Martin is second, 233) in GT Constructors championship. AF Corse has the top in GTE Am Team standing with the same points of its driver-squad and is second in GTE Pro Team classification with 109 points. In GT Drivers Cup, Rigon and Bird have the second spot with 109 points; Bruni and Calado are fourth (95).