Risi Competizione debuted their brand new Ferrari 488 GTE at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The car shared by Toni Vilander, Giancarlo Fisichella, Davide Rigon and Olivier Beretta was among the quickest cars in GT Le Mans (GTLM) class.
Unfortunately Risi Competizione was slowed by some incidents and lost many laps preventing them of targeting the top spots. The Houston based team ended the 24-hour event and IMSA opening round in sixth place in class.
Ferrari ace Toni Vilander gave full credits to the team after a solid Rolex 24. The Finnish driver also talked about the competition and battles in GTLM and about the upcoming events with Ferrari.
It’s been a roller coaster race overall. It was nice to see us going up to P3, even P1 at one point. I think the team has done a really great job. All the damages regarding the car have been done on the racetrack and nothing to do with the crew. The operation has been top notch. Since the first day here in Daytona, I’ve felt very good with the team and I’m really happy with that.
This is a tough race and we’re still missing a clear run for the Daytona 24. All the restarts are a mess. Sometimes we come into the outside, and, if the other guy has the slightest error, he will run into you. I had some good racing, especially with the Corvette guys, some really fair, tough fights. You could see those yellow lights on the mirror for the whole hour, so that was really nice, but also quite tough.
Now, next week I go to Bathhurst, but already have my mind on the Sebring test and then Sebring. This is a good starting point for the season. We have some margin of improvement on the car itself, but hopefully we can get things sorted out and have even a tougher race car.
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