Faulkner, Keating score second consecutive GT Challenge win for TRG
The American Le Mans Series tested today for their first race on the Austin, Texas COTA circuit
Early contact with one of the Corvettes forced a pit stop to remove damaged right rear bodywork
BAR1 Motorsports topped the PC in testing while the Risi Competizione Ferrari was fastest in the GT class. A TRG Porsche was quickest in GTC. There were no PC2 cars in attendance.
Franchitti, Braun on also on prototype poles; Malucelli, Bleekemolen in GT classes
Matteo Malucelli is benefitting from the experience of two-time Long Beach winner Olivier Beretta.
Pumpelly wins third GTC pole of 2013 for Flying Lizard Motorsports
Italian Matteo Malucelli handily put the Ferrari 458 Italia on the GT class pole at the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit with a time of 1.18.86.
Risi Competizione has enjoyed spectacular success at the Twelve Hours of Sebring in the past, including the legendary 2007 GT2 class finish.
Monegasque driver, Olivier Beretta, made a great start to the two-hour race around the streets of Long Beach in California
Five time ALMS GTS/GT1 champion Beretta and former Italian GT champion Malucelli gives the Risi team high hopes for 2013.
The American Le Mans Series now takes a break until July while some teams and competitors head to France for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 22/23rd June.
Road Atlanta is a favorite for Risi Competizione and for most of its drivers.
Taking the Michelin Green X Challenge GT class honors was the Houston-based Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia
Both Beretta and Malucelli escaped relatively unscathed from brushes by prototypes, neither of which affected the handling of the Ferrari.
Risi team was awarded the Michelin Green X Challenge trophy for the GT category.
Matteo Malucelli, making his debut at Road America with a 10th place qualifying, said afterwards: “We had a low downforce car for the tire choice we made..."
No.62 Ferrari 458 Italia drivers, Matteo Malucelli and Olivier Beretta, share their impressions about Road America.
The Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is the second round of the 10-race ALMS championship.
This will be another fierce GT2 battle with the Porsches, BMWs, Vipers and Corvettes.
Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia GT no. 62: Olivier Beretta (MCO) and Matteo Malucelli (ITA) gave it their best on a very wet track