Davide Rigon, Rino Mastronardi & David Perel will join forces for Rinaldi Racing for the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series in the German team’s #55 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo with Christian Hook, Manuel Lauck and Patrick Kujala taking charge of the sister (GT Am class-entered) #66 car.
Ferrari Factory driver Rigon has been a key part of the Italian marque’s WEC GTE pro squad since 2014 with World Championship race wins on his cv. he played a key role in HubAuto’s Championship-winning run in Asian Le Mans Series last season, racing twice and assisting the team to podium finishes on both occasions. He has also scored a record four wins at the Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina Circuit, three of the wins coming with Kessel Racing.
“I’m very happy to make my debut with Rinaldi Racing, it’s the first time I’ll be racing with them,” said Davide Rigon. “We have a very competitive line-up with David Perel and Rino Mastronardi, and we will do our best to try to win the title. Last year I helped HubAuto to succeed and this year I want to try to bring home the win. It won’t be easy because there are a lot of competitors with strong crews, and the championship compressed into just two weeks is a challenge within a challenge. I’m ready and impatient to start”.
Mastronardi is the reigning Michelin Le Mans Cup GT3 Champion after taking 3 race wins across the delayed season. He rejoins the Asian Le Mans Series for the first time since 2017, a season that saw him take the runner-up position in the GT Championship and a race win for DH Racing.
South African racer Perel races into 2021 after a 2020 season that saw him finish runner-up in a hotly contested ELMS GTE class battle and third in the Michelin Le Mans Cup GT3 class. Perel was part of the class-winning Pro-Am effort by Rinaldi Racing at the 2018 Spa 24 Hours and won the Am Cup with Kessel at the Spa 24 the previous year en route to taking the class Championship in the Blancpain Endurance Cup, doubling up with the Am Cup the same season. He too has winning form at Yas Marina, taking the Gentleman class win in the 2016 Gulf 12 Hours.
“Taking part in ALMS with Rinaldi Racing and Ferrari is very exciting”, David Perel said. “I think the format of this series is very creative in these unique times. Our line-up is incredibly strong which gives me maximum motivation to achieve the best result for the team. I cannot wait to get started”.
Hook and Lauck drove a Rinaldi Racing Ferrari to victory in the 2019 24 Hours of Spa, while Kujala won the Silver Cup in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup.
The pair of Rinaldi-run Ferraris form part of a record 21 car GT class grid and a record 38 car overall season entry.
The first round will now take place on the 13 & 14 February at the Dubai Autodrome, followed by Yas Marina on the 19 and 20 February.