Podium in the opening race of the FIA WEC Superseason

Podium in the opening race of the FIA WEC Superseason

Davide Rigon and Sam Bird, in the AF Corse Ferrari 488 no.71, took the third spot in the 6 Hours of Spa, opening race of the Fia World Endurance Championship Superseason.

In the beginning of the race, Alessandro Pier Guidi in AF Corse Ferrari 488 no. 51 and Davide Rigon in no. 71 managed to keep their starting position. Pier Guidi closed in on Antonio Felix Da Costa's BMW but had to wait for his tyres to degrade to pass him after about 40 minutes. The race was then neutralised following the accident at Eau Rouge involving Ford no. 67. At the restart its sister car, the no. 66, and the two Porsches took advantage, while Pier Guidi managed to keep fourth place. However, Rigon was impeded by a lapped car and ended up being overtaken by Felix Da Costa and one of the Aston Martins. The Ferraris once again managed, at the end of the stint, to overtake the rivals. Toward the end of third stint, at the third hour of the race, the Ferrari cars were able to catch and pass Porsche no. 92 driven by Kevin Estre and Michael Christiensen. However, with new tyres, the Porsche quickly regained third place. Estre was also penalised with a stop&go for spinning the wheels at the pitstop but once again the German car fought back easily to overtake the Ferrari after four hours and 10 minutes of racing. Shortly after, an accident in the pit lane with the car of Team Project 1 irreversibly compromised the race for Pier Guidi and James Calado (teammate) who lost several laps for repairs and could only finish ninth. At the end of the race there was another neutralisation that brought car no. 71 back into the fight for the podium, with Davide Rigon overtaking the Porsche 91 of Bruni-Lietz, which was clearly suffering a tyre crisis. Davide sealed his podium by the skin of his teeth with a great pass on the final corner in the penultimate lap.


 
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