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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…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

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.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. One Less Whiner

    September 14, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Wonderful news!

  2. Marco

    September 14, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Excellent!. It just wouldn’t be the same without.

    Now if only, one’s allowed to dream….. ‘Falken Porsche’ 😉

  3. David Chaste

    September 14, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Good to see them. But the Bop table has evolved during the season. Hopefully whatever they’re given (Sebring bop) will be competitive to be in the mix.

  4. lateapex

    September 14, 2018 at 10:07 am

    I’m pretty sure this team doesn’t care about BOP. Won Sebring/LM/PLM back-to-back-to-back. And, they have been BOP’d to death ever since and still race.

    • Tracklimits

      September 14, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      Risi maybe don`t but Ferrari surely does care. Thats why they left the LMP1-Future-Talks for a few weeks and came back to it after the WEC GTE BoP was fixed a little to their liking…
      Also maybe a reason for their lesser funding of Risi in IMSA.

  5. DEJ

    September 14, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Glad to see Risi is coming Petit Le Mans. It wouldn’t~t be a complete race without them, hope they have a GOOD race !

  6. Radish

    September 14, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Great news! Hope they can put together a full-season GTLM entry for next year. Then we just need Aston Martin to come in.

  7. Juninho

    September 14, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Imsa 2018

    GTLM (Green)

    #97 Aston Martin Racing
    #81/82 Bmw Team Bll
    #63/64 Corvette Rancig (USA)
    #66/67 Ford Chip Canassi Racing (USA)
    #91/92 Porsche GT Team (USA)
    #62 Risi Competizione

    • Johannes275

      September 14, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Who let an idiot like you to return here?

      • Steve

        September 14, 2018 at 3:37 pm

        Lol he’s back!

  8. Av

    September 14, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Forza Risi. Hopefully they are allowed some straight line speed this time.

  9. Mike S.

    September 14, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Gonna be hard in a one off with who knows what drivers. Vilander hopefully as 1 but first race of season usually takes some getting used to. Hope they do well and glad they are trying.

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