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Vilander, Calado Complete Risi GTLM Lineup for Rolex 24

Toni Vilander, James Calado complete lineup in Risi Ferrari GTLM for Daytona…

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Toni Vilander and James Calado will complete Risi Competizione’s GT Le Mans class lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, joining fellow factory driver Alessandro Pier Guidi in the team’s No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE.

Both Calado and Pier Guidi, who drove for the Houston-based team last year as endurance drivers, teamed to win the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship in GT with fellow Ferrari squad AF Corse.

As predicted by Sportscar365, longtime Risi driver Giancarlo Fisichella will not be part of the lineup for Daytona.

Vilander, Calado and Pier Guidi head into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener as the only Ferrari entry in GTLM, although the team has expanded to enter a GT3-spec Ferrari 488 in GT Daytona for Miguel Molina, Santiago Creel, Martin Fuentes and Ricardo Perez.

It’s unclear whether either of the team’s GTD or GTLM have been committed for the full season. 

Pier Guidi will be the only driver at the wheel of the GTLM entry at this weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. jason

    January 3, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Forget the whole issue with the team’s future and focus on the race coming up: This is a full strength AF Corse driver line up. Can include Toni in that since he did drive for them in Germany in 2017. Very much a factor to win for sure.

    • Travis McBee

      January 3, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      I agree, take it race by race, just like Alegra did.

    • David Chaste

      January 3, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      Full strength AF Corse line up, sure. But as any knowledgeable racing fans knows that’s only a third of the equation. The car is good too so 2 thirds are good.

      This Risi team isn’t the same team that could get even tracy krohn 2 podiums at lemans among factory backed entries. I think their lack of wins or any driver or manufacturer titles is making ferrari slowly withdraw their support. Risi’s last title was in 2007.

      ESM did a better job than Risi campaigning the 458. And Scuderia Corsa’s excellent job in GTD (3 titles in 4 years) makes Risi almost redundant in GTLM.

      • juneracer

        January 4, 2018 at 7:29 am

        manufactures with GTLM and GTD entries put little emphasis on GTD. thats not a Pro class. same as GTE-Am. Scuderia’s titles likely help them with clients, likely little affect on Ferrari. when ESM went head to head with Risi, Risi was typically the better. be interesting to see what Risi does this season.

  2. Italia Loves IMSA

    January 3, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Where is Fisichella? No more with Ferrari…BMW???

  3. Mike S

    January 3, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Or Ferrari wants him to go to a full season commitment by a team somewhere. Risi hasnt been that the last several years and is not that right now in any class unfortunately.

  4. Jsjsj

    January 4, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Is Vilander likely to race in WEC 2018? Isnt he?

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