Texas-based Risi Competizione has finalised driver lineup for the 85th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team’s 2017 season regulars, Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander, will be joined by former Risi Competizione driver Pierre Kaffer.
The trio will take on the twice-around-the-clock French endurance road racing classic with a Ferrari 488 GTE, which made its debut last year.
The team will once again compete with the #82 Risi Competizione-entered Rosso Corsa 488GTE in the GTE-Pro class for team principal Giuseppe Risi at the race.
“Pierre Kaffer will be our third driver for Le Mans this year,” said team owner Giuseppe Risi. “He’s an excellent match because he has a first-rate history with the team, knows how to work with the engineers and crew, knows the other drivers and has had success driving for us in Ferraris.
“He should be able to step right in to the role without any issues. We’re glad to have him back with us as we challenge Le Mans for the 13th time.”
“Returning to drive a Ferrari for Giuseppe and the Risi Competizione team at Le Mans is an honor,” added Kaffer. “We won together in 2009 at Le Mans with Jamie [Melo] and Mika [Salo] in a Ferrari 430 GT, and we had success in 2014 and 2015. I am very comfortable with the team and know all the guys so it will be very good to back with my old team. I’m looking forward to it.”