Le Mans 24 Hours. Victory for the Number 51 Ferrari – Montezemolo: “Extremely satisfying”
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A strategic gamble to change all four Michelin tires after qualifying and start from the back of the grid looked, for much of the two hour race, as though it was going to pay much bigger dividends to the Houston-
The fast and furious pace throughout, and the affect that it had on rear tire degradation, meant that Fisichella – in for the second hour – was powerless to hold off hard-
Pierre Kaffer was behind the decision to put new sticker tires on and start from the rear of the 23-
The Italian, said afterwards: “I think the whole team did a fantastic job – Pierre in the first hour, the mechanics at the pit stop, and the strategy – to get us from last to first. In the first part of my stint the car was really good and I was leading easily, but then we had a big drop off from the tires and the grip was getting worse and worse. It was hard to keep it on track, but I did my best and I was so sorry for the team that it didn’t look as though we would finish on the podium. This is a good reward even though I’m still a bit disappointed as I think we had a good chance to win.” (source: www.risicompetizione.com)
TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP, LONG BEACH – Risi takes a checker!
Ferrari factory driver Giancarlo Fisichella took the start of the race – which was a somewhat processional affair with no full course yellows to close up the field, the complete reverse to the previous round – and tucked in behind the factory Corvettes, BMWs and Porsches. After just 15 laps the Italian reported that he was losing a lot of grip but he maintained a consistent pace until what was due to have been the one and only pit stop of the race at the 42 minute mark.
The Ferrari stopped on the same lap as all its main competitors and the Risi Competizione crew once again showed they were the class of the field – refuelling, doing a driver change and four Michelin tires in less time than any other car in pit lane.
American Dane Cameron (originally from Glen Allen in California but now residing in Georgia) took the wheel from Fisichella but make a small error three laps into his stint and went off track into the run off area. There was no damage to the car – definitely cause for Risi to celebrate this weekend – but the left front tire was carrying a flat spot for the remainder of the race which deteriorated to the extent that Cameron came into the pits for a second stop with just 10 minutes remaining.
Giancarlo Fisichella: “It was a difficult race; we couldn’t get what we expected from the car at the start of the weekend and we weren’t quick enough. It was a bit the balance of the car, a bit the set up – generally the grip was not enough and the car was very inconsistent on the curbs. But I finished my first race of the season and it was encouraging to get to the end of the race, even if we did have to have a second pit stop. We brought the car home so for the next race I’m sure we will be better – at the moment it looks like we need more power or less weight!”. (Source:www.risicompetizione.com)
SEBRING 12 HOURS – Risi crashes out at Sebring after strong opening performance
Risi’s torrid 2014 season continued today at the 12 Hours of Sebring, round 2 of the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship
While in the lead of the GTLM category, Matteo Malucelli crashed the No.62 Ferrari 458 Italia out of the endurance race as it approached its fourth hour. The Italian, who was uninjured in the accident, was on the first green lap after the third full course caution period. Unfortunately, an attempt to re-
The damage was assessed by the team as being too severe to repair at the track and the car has been withdrawn from the race.
Gianmaria Bruni had started the race amid the 63-