Vilander, Fisichella Confirmed in Risi Ferrari for 24H Le Mans

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella have been confirmed for Risi Competizione’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the highly competitive GTE-Pro class.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-long pairing will be joined by a third, yet-to-be-announced driver at the wheel of the Ferrari 488 GTE car in the French endurance classic.

The Houston-based team, which claimed GT Le Mans class honors at last year’s Petit Le Mans, is coming off a podium finish in last month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, where Vilander and Fisichella was again joined by fellow Ferrari factory driver James Calado.

Calado, however, will not be available to drive for Risi at Le Mans, due to his season-long duties with AF Corse in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Vilander, Fisichella and Matteo Malucelli formed the lineup in Risi’s run at Le Mans last year, where they finished second in class, amid a controversial race against the Ford GTs.

“It’s always an honor to be invited to Le Mans and this year is no exception,” said team principal Giuseppe Risi.

“Our little team has shown it can battle against the factories with a well-prepared car, excellent crew and drivers, and the determination to succeed in endurance races.

“The Ferrari 488, which was new last year, has proven to be another excellent car and we hope to show its abilities again this June.”

This year will mark the team’s eighth visit to Le Mans, with three class victories to its credit.

12 Comments

  1. Redcap

    February 15, 2017 at 9:11 am

    The Risi team always puts a great car on the grid. It’s always nice to see them win. Let’s hope they have something for the farting Fords this year.

    • Matt

      February 15, 2017 at 10:42 am

      So true about the farting. It’s a shame that no matter how much Ford wins, the Corvette’s will always be the fan favorite and most popular cars (more return on investment) because they’re the best sounding cars on track. Ford really should’ve went with its roots and ran a V8.

  2. Mike S.

    February 15, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Agreed. Forgot Matteo drove. He makes me nervous. Too bad Calado can’t help but he will be there.

    • av

      February 15, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      He makes me nervous too.

  3. Jareth Belanger

    February 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I cant wait for the day that ferrari finally drops bitchy-fuck-face fisichella. I cant believe they kept him after what he did at VIR

    • Dan

      February 15, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      What did he do?

      • Barber

        February 15, 2017 at 5:51 pm

        Did some dangerous driving on the cool down lap because he didn’t like what the Porsche did.

  4. David Chaste

    February 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    The Corvette are truly the fan favorites because they’ve been there all along. Knowing that the Fords will only be there till the end of 2019 also dimishes their appeal.

    Meanwhile the Corvettes have given American fans a reliable and top caliber home team to cheer at Lemans. Even scaring everyone out of GT1

    • Susafan

      February 15, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Yup. Corvette and Maserati destroyed the good old GT1-Class. God i miss the old days of the FIA GT monsters

  5. Woody2.0

    February 15, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Fantastic lineup for a team that will get BoP’d out of a victory, as usual

  6. David Chaste

    February 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    What everyone wants to know is the third driver. These 2 drivers were almost a given already.

    Beretta, Balzan, Pier Guidi, Serra, Malucelli, etc…long list of candidates.

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