Risi Competizione Returns For Petit
After taking a one-race hiatus, the popular Ferrari team returns to ALMS action ready to go. The team used the extra time off to regroup and also to give Pirelli the time to produce some new tire options. The hectic summer schedule may have been too much for Pirelli to keep up with in their first full season back in the ALMS. Risi was left with a very limited tire selection for Mosport and felt that the Ferrari would be uncompetitive at Road America. The unpopular decision was made in favor of being properly prepared for Petit Le Mans. The Ferrari Modena was very competitive last fall at Road Atlanta, finishing third, and at times running first in class. A collapsing rear diffuser, plus a failed clutch in the final hours, ended the chance to really upset the Alex Job Porsches.

Risi is anticipating a delivery of new tires from Pirelli for testing at Road Atlanta this weekend. A “plethora” of options should be available and they are hoping to find that winning combination for next Saturday’s big event.

Although not as consistent as in 2003, the team did score its first ALMS class win this year at Lime Rock. A little rain, some good luck, and an opportunistic race strategy combined to produce the upset that day. More of the same good fortune will be needed next weekend as they take on some of the best GT teams in the world.

Fabrizio de Simone will be hopping out of the Maserati MC12 (at Oschersleben) and into the Ferrari 360 GTC at Road Atlanta – joining regulars Ralf Kelleners and Anthony Lazzaro.
RW

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