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FIA WEC: double podium at Austin for the AF Corse Ferrari 458’s

AUSTIN, September 20th – Two podium finishes in both GT categories for the AF Corse Ferrari 458’s Italia under the chequered flag of the “6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas” (Austin, US), fifth round in the FIA World Endu- rance Championship (WEC). Davide Rigon and James Calado, in the Ferrari 458 Italia #71, took the third step on podium in the GTE Pro category at the end of a race in recovery (they started from position 7 on grid). Positive race and third position in GTE Am category for François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Agus in the Ferrari 458 Italia #83. Starting from third position, the trio in the #83 fought for the top positions, closing with a new podium.

Disappointment, however, for the race of the Ferrari 458 Italia #51 driven by the GT World Champions, Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander. Between the fourth and fifth hour of the race, a problem with a door forced an unschedu- led stop in the pits when Bruni and Vilander were fighting for the top positions. The mechanics quickly fixed the technical problem. But, when the car came back on the track, it was seventh. The duo held this spot until the end.

The championship, however, has not yet issued the verdicts. With three rounds to race, Rigon and Calado are se- cond with 87points (Lietz first with 98) in the GT Drivers Cup. Bruni and Vilander are currently fourth (68.5).
In GTE Am Trophy, Perrodo, Collard and Aguas are second with 96 points.
In the Manufactures GT, Ferrari is first with 187 lengths.

AF Corse is in second place in the Team GTE Pro standing with 101 points (Porsche Team Manthey is first with 107) and second among Team GTE Am with 96 (Smp Racing is first with 131).

The next round of the FIA WEC will be at Fuji (Japan), October 11th.

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