AF Corse Ferrari drivers Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado finished second in this weekend’s 6 Hours of Mexico from Mexico City, while teammates Sam Bird and Davide Rignon narrowly missed the podium with a fourth place finish.
Things got off to a rough start for Bruni and Calado in the No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE after Calado made contact with the No. 66 Ford GT on the first lap. This allowed teammates Bird and Rignon by in the No. 71 Ferrari and forced Calado to start plying catch up.
The No. 51 Ferrari found its way past the No. 71 following the first pit stop cycle, however Bruni then exceeded track limits and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty. This relegated Bruni to the back of the LM GTE Pro field, but he was able to work his way back up to fifth by the race’s third hour.
30 minutes later rain began to move in, forcing the LM GTE Pro field into the pits for rain tires. In a bold move the AF Corse Ferraris decided to stay out on slicks, which eventually paid off when the rain began to subside and the track dried. Both the No. 51 and the No. 71 passed the No. 88 Porsche and No. 66 Ford thanks to the strategy call and made their way up to second and third, respectively.
With 70 minutes to go, the No. 95 Aston Martin of Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thim passed the No. 71 Ferrari for the final podium position. Bruni then held off the hard-charging No. 95 to claim second behind the race-winning No. 97 Aston Martin of Richie Stanaway and Darren Turner.
Aston Martin Racing currently sits just 1 points ahead of AF Corse in the LM GTE Pro standings. The Ferrari squad will look to extend that lead Swhen the FIA WEC heads to America next for the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas on September 17th.
Click here for full results from the 2016 6 Hours of Mexico.