Risi Competizone Ferrari looking for Victory at Sebring


Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM No. 62: Toni Vilander (FIN)
                                                                                  James Calado (GBR)
                                                                                  Alessandro Pier Guidi (ITA)
 The Risi Competizione Ferrari Team from Houston, Texas has set its sights on entering their name a fourth time in the Sebring history books.
The iconic once-around-the-clock endurance race will celebrate its 66th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring, motorsports’ annual Spring rite of passage. The 66th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts will take place March 15-17 in the otherwise sleepy town of Sebring, Florida.
Three of Risi Competizione’s Rolex 24 At Daytona drivers, Finn Toni Vilander, Italian Alessandro Pier Guidi and England’s James Calado, all Ferrari GT factory drivers, will drive the fan-favorite Rosso Corsa red Ferrari 458 GTLM.
2017 12 Hours of Sebring Podium (L-R) Toni Vilander, Giancarlo Fisichella, and James Calado
The trio, along with Italian Davide Rigon, finished fifth in class at this year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona. A top-five finish at such a gruelling race would normally please a team but when the top step of the podium is the ultimate goal, a Top Five will not do. The Risi team hopes to rectify that at Sebring.
The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM, sponsored by Effex Management Solutions, will be one of nine GTLM cars in the 43-car field of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at the 17-turn, 3.74-mile legendary road course.
Risi Competizione has competed at Sebring with 22 entries over 16 years (two-car teams in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010). They have also competed every year since 2003, except for 2012.
The race starts at 10:40 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 17 and runs for 12 hours. WeatherTech series’ practice sessions take place Thursday and Friday and a 15-minute qualifying for each class is scheduled for Friday afternoon.