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Risi Competizione Confirms Petit Le Mans Entry

Giuseppe Risi confirms Ferrari GTLM squad will return to IWSC action at Road Atlanta…

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Risi Competizione has confirmed that it will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTLM field in next month’s Motul Petit Le Mans season finale.

The Houston-based squad contested the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring earlier this year but didn’t opt into a full-season program because of a lack of sponsorship and an incident-affected 2017 campaign.

However, the team did not discount the possibility of returning for a one-off race later in the year with its No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE.

A driver lineup has not yet been announced, although Sportscar365 understands that recently crowned Pirelli World Challenge SprintX champions Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina are in contention for two of the seats.

Risi finished fifth at Daytona with Ferrari factory drivers Vilander, Davide Rigon, James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi, before achieving the same result at Sebring without Rigon.

The team also entered a GTD car at Daytona and appeared at the 24 Hours of Le Mans running the Keating Motorsports Ferrari.

“We will return to race in the Petit Le Mans IMSA final event of the season with our No. 62 Risi Competizione 488 GTLM Ferrari,” confirmed team principal Giuseppe Risi.

“We have run a limited racing schedule this year as other business and personal factors have taken a greater priority, but we’re pleased to get back to Road Atlanta with our Ferrari race team.

“We’ve experienced a great deal of success as a team at the Petit Le Mans race and we look forward to adding more provenance to our race car and team history.”

Risi Competizione has won Petit Le Mans four times, most recently in 2016 with Vilander, Calado and Giancarlo Fisichella.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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