Risi Competizione has confirmed that it will withdraw from some of the remaining rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this year. Team owner Giuseppe Risi has released the following statement, explaining that the team intends to regroup and plan for the future. It will however, return to racing at some point in 2017.
“Following an extremely challenging first half of 2017, most recently at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, I have decided to withdraw the Risi Competizione race team from part of the 2017 IMSA season in order to consolidate resources and to reflect on future racing programs.”
The Risi Competizione Team started the 2017 season with third place podium finishes at both the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. The following two IMSA sprint races at Long Beach and Circuit of the Americas saw the team knocked out by fellow competitors and suffer damage to the Ferrari 488 GTLM.
A big hit from the TDS Racing Oreca of Matthieu Vaxiviere in the fifth hour of the 24 Hours of Le Mans pushed the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 into the barriers down the Mulsanne Straight, forcing the team into retirement after the car suffered terminal damage.