Risi Ferrari first and last laps of 2016

20160128-28091349215Risi Competizione had quite a year with their new Ferrari 488 GTLM in IMSA competition.  The car was so late in delivery that the team got a quick shakedown at Fiorano in Italy before being shipped to Miami and delivered directly to Daytona.

This photo is the car’s very first lap to be turned on US soil.  The team worked feverishly to ensure it would be ready for practice.

Risi ran an incredible race.  No crew pit penalties and only one driver penalty due to avoidable contact meant little contact with race officials.  Contact inflicted by one of the Ford GT cars damaged the Ferrari’s rear diffuser.  Repairs cost the team four laps and the team ultimately ended up running the last 6 hours without a rear diffuser altogether.  The class was incredibly competitive and tight and the team’s 6th place in class was a sparse reward for a very strong debut.

Fast forward to Road Atlanta for the last race of the season at the Petit LeMans.   Risi dominated the class and took a very popular win.  This photo is taken as the car entered pit lane and made the turn into victory lane.

20161001-20161001-076a4967The two photos provide bookends to quite a busy season for Risi.  Congrats and best of luck in 2017!

 

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