samedi 18 mars 2017
Risi Competizione post qualifying report for 12 Hours of Sebring
The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari GTLM has been onsite at the Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida for the past couple of days practicing for the 65th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida race, March 18, 2017.
Three practice sessions on Thursday, March 16, including night practice, along with a fourth practice session Friday morning gave Risi Comp drivers Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander and James Calado a good amount of laps in preparation for tomorrow's once-around-the-clock endurance race on the 3.74-mile, 17-turn central-Florida circuit.
Fisichella qualified the Risi Competizione Ferrari GTLM 10th on the GTLM grid Friday afternoon, with a best lap time of 1:57.475, at an average speed of 114.5 mph. This was achieved on his sixth lap of the 15-minute qualifying session for just GT Le Mans (GTLM) class cars. The Risi Ferrari will start 18th overall with the combined 46-car field of four classes (Daytona Prototype, Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD)
The Risi Competizione team has an immense history at Sebring that includes three victories (in 2007, 2009, 2010) and four additional podiums (2006, 2008, 2013, 2015) in 14 years and 19 entries since 1998. This is the 70th anniversary of Ferrari.
Toni Vilander, driver, No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM:
"It's been a bit different of a week so far. The track has been really quick all the time. We were much quicker at the test, before race week. We've been quite happy with the car. We have seen some of our competitors' really incredible pace and that was confirmed now in the qualifying. I think last years the pole was 58.5 or 58.4 and now we went under 56, so it's a step forward and huge. Although this race track sometimes in the right conditions allows that step to be made. We have also improved, but let's say not enough. We're working hard to analyse and to close the gap to the leaders and the race is twelve hours. If it had been a qualifying race we would have a different strategy. It's not an ideal Friday, but it's not something we need to think about too much. Now we start final preparation for the race.
Giancarlo Fisichella, driver, No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM:
"It was a poor qualifying but we won't let it get in our head. We will just continue to make the preparations for the race and go out there tomorrow on race day and do the best we can to race strong and be there at the end."
James Calado, driver, No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM:
"Unfortunately, our qualifying times weren't what we wanted but it happens sometimes. We've had a pretty good car all week so we will just concentrate on that."
Rick Mayer, Risi Competizione Race Engineer:
"Qualifying times weren't what we had hoped but we just need to move on and look at the race strategy and finish our plan to be ready to get this Ferrari to move to the top of the charts and be there on the podium at the end of the race tomorrow night."
The Risi Competizione team has a vast history at Sebring that includes three victories (in 2007, 2009, 2010) and four additional podiums (2006, 2008, 2013, 2015) in 14 years and 19 entries since 1998.
The 12-hour race starts Saturday, March 18 at 10:40 a.m. EDT for 12 hours. Live timing and scoring is available for all on-track sessions at IMSA.com and the IMSA Smartphone app.