FIA WEC: double podium for AF Corse Ferraris in the 6 hours of Shanghai
Sunday, 6 November 2016 · All News
SHANGHAI, November 6th – Podium in both GT categories for AF Corse Ferraris. In the 6 hours of Shanghai, the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the AF Corse Ferrari 488 #51 driven by Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado took the third position. In the GTE Am, second place for François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas in their AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia #83. The result brings the trio even closer to the title, which they will take home in Bahrain simply by finishing the race. Fifth spot for the AF Corse Ferrari 488 #71 with Davide Rigon and James Calado.
GTE Pro – Thanks to the great start made by the driver of car 51, Bruni had already gone past when a LMP2 prototype ended up against the Aston Martin #97. Rigon, in the 488 #71, managed to avoid the accident but clipped a piece of debris which punctured his left rear tyre, forcing him to take two pit stops in just three laps. Accordingly, he and his team-mate Sam Bird were forced to play catch-up for the rest of the race until the fifth position. The race of Bruni and Rigon was very fast and without mistakes. Despite this, the two drivers were not able to overtake the two Ford GT under the chequered flag, just like in Fuji, they were simply uncatchable.
GTE Am – Perrodo, Collard andAguas succeeded in securing a precious second place, propelling them just one step away from the class title. They ended the race in third position. However, the disqualification of the Porsche ahead under the chequered flag designed them in second place. Perrodo, Collard and Aguas have now 173 points, 25 points more of the Aston Martin drivers (Lauda-Lamy-Dalla Lana). Just finishing the race in Bahrain (November 19th) they will win the title, regardless of the result achieved by their Aston Martin rivals.
In the GT Manufactures standing, Ferrari is first with 261 points and extend the lead over Aston Martin to 10 points. Rigon and Bird are second in GT Drivers Cup with 119 points (-12 from the top); Bruni and Calado are fourth (110). AF Corse is fourth in GTE Pro classification, behind 12 points of the leader Aston Martin Racing.