Heat And Traffic Counter Risi Charge For Pole
Toni Vilander will take the start of tomorrow’s fourth round of the American Le Mans Series, the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport, from fifth place on the GT grid after another tightly contested qualifying session this afternoon.
Set in his No. 62 Ferrari 458 Italia, the Finn’s time of 1:17.543 was 0.46 seconds away from the pole position set by Dirk Müller’s BMW. There were four different manufacturers represented within the top six of the production-based class, and two Ferrari 458s.
A slightly disappointed Toni Vilander said after the session: “It was quite a difficult session because I wanted to have a good result and it wasn’t what I was hoping for; I think our potential today should have been third. We had no issues apart from the traffic. I tried to slow down to give myself some more space, I tried to overtake the guys but never found a gap. Sometimes it’s like this, but I think the car’s good and we’re now looking forward to the race.”
The Houston-based Risi Competizione team has enjoyed considerable success at the Canadian track in recent years, and under the searing 90oF plus heat and humidity being experienced in the region, the team has made good progress on car set up areas and aerodynamic development. Team engineer Mark Schomann explains a little more:
“We got caught out here in qualifying with traffic but I think we are looking good for the race. We’ve had a very productive couple of hours’ running over the last two days, and have had an opportunity to put into practice some of the developments we’ve been working on over the last two months. This is only the fourth round of the series, and we have a ground-up, wholly new car for 2011 which we’ve only had a matter of months. Things are moving in the right direction, at a pace we’re happy with, and that’s the most important issue for Risi Competizione and for Ferrari. We might not have qualified on the front row, but we’re confident we can still get a good result in the race tomorrow.”