Risi Competizione have confirmed that they will race at the IMSA season Finale, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 11-13.
Team Principal Giuseppe Risi confirmed the return to competition:
“We will return to race in the Petit Le Mans IMSA final event of the season with our #62 Risi Competizione 488 GTLM Ferrari,” said 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.”
The driver squad has not yet been revealed for the team but Risi have a proud history of fielding hyper-competitive line-ups in their GTLM cars.
The Petit Le Mans entry marks the first outing for Risi Competizione since the Le Mans 24 Hours where the team combined with Keating Motorsports to field a GTE Am Ferrari for Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Luca Stolz, the trio coming home on the podium, third in a hotly contested class.
Risi have raced only twice this year in IMSA competition at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
For the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Risi Competizione entered two cars, the #62 Ferrari 488 GTE with Toni Vilander, James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Davide Rigon, who finished fifth in GTLM class and a second car, this time a GTD class entered Ferrari 488 GT3 for Miguel Molina, Matt Griffin, Martin Fuentes, Santiago Creel and Ricardo Perez de Lara, who finished 17th.
At the 12 Hours of Sebring the Risi Competizione Ferrari GTE also finished fifth in the GTLM class with Vilander, Calado and Pier Guidi.
Last year Vilander, Pier Guidi and Giancarlo Fisichella took home third-place in GTLM at Petit Le Mans.
In 2016 Risi Competizione captured the team’s fourth victory at the historic 10-hour race with Vilander, Fisichella and Calado (pictured top).
A Risi Ferrari was the inaugural winner of the 1998 Petit Le Mans in the legendary Ferrari 333 SP with Wayne Taylor, Eric van der Poele and Emmanuel Collard.
Risi Competizione returned to the top step in 2008 and 2009 with drivers Jamie Melo and Mika Salo, and joined by Pierre Kaffer in 2009, in the formidable Ferrari 430 GT2. The team has had another five additional podium finishes at Petit Le Mans.