Valentino Rossi secures podium finish in only his second World Endurance Championship race.

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Valentino Rossi makes a podium comeback at Imola.

Valentino Rossi returned to the podium, securing second place in just his second race in the World Endurance Championship series on Sunday.

Teaming up with Maxime Martin and Ahmad Al Harthy, Rossi clinched the runner-up position in the Imola 6 Hours race. They piloted a Team WRT BMW M4 GT3 in the LMGT3 class.

Despite starting from third on the grid, Rossi lost the second-place position to Ferrari during a pitstop amid rainy conditions. His stint in the car concluded after three hours and 42 minutes.

Although Rossi’s #46 briefly led the race, they ultimately settled for second place, surrendering the victory to their Team WRT sister car driven by Augusto Farfus, Sean Gelael, and Darren Leung.


“I am thrilled about the one-two for Team WRT, BMW M Motorsport, and securing my first podium in FIA WEC,” Rossi expressed.

“We had a strong car during qualifying, and Ahmad’s achievement of a solid third starting position set a positive tone.

“During the race, we opted to remain on slicks. Although Augusto initially outpaced Maxime and took the lead, I’m content with our result.”

Now 45, Rossi embarks on his second year of four-wheel racing. His ultimate aspiration is to compete in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, a dream that drew nearer with another commendable performance in the World Endurance Championship.

Big Congratulations to Valentino Rossi & whole team for this incredible result.

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