In January 2016, the Risi Ferrari team barely beat the clock and took delivery of their brand new 488 GTLM race car at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. After some shakedown laps, the car was delivered directly to the track via Miami and did its first laps on US soil in the first Rolex 24 practice session. The team ran very well with the debut of the 488 at Daytona but fell short after damage to the rear diffuser cost the team time to repair. A lack of spares caused them to run the final six hours without a rear diffuser. In such a tight class, the deficit was too much to overcome.
A GTLM victory at the Petit Le Mans was the teams’ first win in almost two years and the car was dominant. It was near or at the front for the entire event. As the solo Ferrari in the GTLM class and running against full factory programs, the Risi program has a lot of fans and followers.
The shot shows the Risi 488 Ferrari about 20 minutes into the race at Road Atlanta at the top of Turn 5. A very strong driver line-up of Giancarlo Fisichella, James Calado, and Toni Villander is as strong as any in the paddock.
Camera Settings – 1/1000 shutter speed, f/4, ISO 100, 200mm.