The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida race always presents a challenge to drivers and teams as they compete hard and fast during the once-around-the-clock endurance race. The 64th Annual running of this historic Sebring classic was no different, and even added a new element, with a two hour and 15 minute red flag due to heavy rain and lightning.
The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM was able to survive the caution-filled race, which included 14 caution flags and a total of 235 laps over the remaining nine hours and 45 minutes of the 12-hour timeframe. Risi drivers Toni Vilander, Giancarlo Fisichella and Davide Rigon finished fourth in the GTLM class and 14th overall.
Racing trouble free was key to staying in the race, and the Risi team managed a lack of issues, save for a few bumps from being tapped on-track under intense racing conditions, and held their reputation of excellent pit stops.
Although the Risi team was not quite able to notch another Ferrari victory 60 years after the marque's first Sebring win or add a fourth victory to their previous Sebring wins, finishing both the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona gives the team a great deal of pride. Having received delivery of their new Ferrari 488 GTLM days prior to the Rolex 24 race in January, completing 36 hours of endurance racing is an accomplishment not many teams can claim, especially with a brand new race car.
Risi Competizione did make a podium visit when they won their first DEKRA Green Challenge Award of the season at today's 12 Hours of Sebring. The award is determined through green racing protocols established by the United States Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and the Society of Automotive Engineers International as part of their alliance with IMSA. In 2015 the Risi team won the DEKRA award four times including the 12 Hours of Sebring, Long Beach, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Road America.
Rick Mayer, Risi Competizione Race Engineer:
Regarding the DEKRA Award:
One of the advantages of the new Ferrari 488 is it's probably the most efficient car in the field. Obviously IMSA thinks so because they gave us the smallest capacity. With that, typically if we do well we will win the DEKRA Green Challenge Award. We won it four times last year and hopefully we'll win it a lot more times this year.
Regarding the race:
Well, it was quite an interesting and unique Sebring 12 hour with the changing conditions. I wish we ‘guessed’ better on some tire and pressure choices, but in the end a lot of teams ‘guessed’ -- good sometimes and bad others, just as we did. We just didn’t know how much or how long it was going to rain at each occurrence. I think we went to slicks at the right time in the end... But with the number of yellows we had, it was just a matter of staying on the lead lap. Even guys who made some unlucky choices, like the Corvettes, the No. 4 car won the race and they pitted multiple times changing tires from rains to slicks and back, you just never know how it will play out. I wish we had finished better but it was a better result than we thought we could do with the current BoP (Balance of Performance), but it made a hard, long event out of it for sure. Luck played a large part in this event. Hopefully we'll be better at Long Beach.
Risi Competizione Press Release