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Jarvis, Gounon Complete Risi Lineup

Oliver Jarvis, Jules Gounon to join Pipo Derani in Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE for Le Mans…

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Oliver Jarvis and Jules Gounon have completed Risi Competizione’s lineup for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, joining the previously announced Pipo Derani in the team’s GTE-Pro class Ferrari 488 GTE.

As reported by Sportscar365 last week, both Jarvis and Gounon were expected to be announced as the Brazilian’s co-drivers for the program, in what will mark all three drivers’ debuts with the Houston-based team.

Former Audi LMP1 factory star Jarvis will be making his seventh Le Mans start and first in GTE-Pro after claiming LMP2 class honors in 2017 with Jackie Chan DC Racing.

“Having raced at Le Mans in LMP1 and LMP2 it will be a new challenge for me in GTE Pro, but I am confident with such a strong team behind me that I will be able to get up to speed quickly,” Jarvis said.

“I can’t wait to start working with my new team and team mates and return to a race I absolutely love!”

Frenchman Gounon, meanwhile, is set for his Le Mans debut, with the Bentley factory driver on-loan admitting it’s a “dream come true” opportunity.

“To be able to do it with Risi Competizione, who’s already won three times in its own class, is something really special for me,” he said.

“I’d really like to thank Giuseppe Risi and Jean Guikas regarding this project and for the trust they are putting in me for this race. I really believe we have a strong package with the Risi team, the car and the drivers to make a good result there.”

Jean Guikas, of the Guikas GTC classic car collection, has come on board with the program and is understood to be the owner of the brand-new Ferrari chassis Risi will campaign in the race.

“We are pleased to be part of the Risi Competizione entry with the Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro,” Guikas said.

“Of course, the team have a French driver, with Jules Gounon, as well as two other excellent drivers in Pipo and Oliver. It will be a very special year and I await race week with pleasure.”

Team principal Guiseppe Risi added: “We expect good results from our trio. I’m looking forward to the race and wish to thank Jean for his support in our combined effort.”

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 FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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