Risi Competizione classified 10th in the GT category
Lakeville, CT – July 6, 2013. Risi Competizione was within two minutes of a podium finish today at the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, but was classified as 10th in the GT category after Matteo Malucelli had an unfortunate altercation with another car, went off track and ended the race in the barriers in the dying minutes of the race.
In searing temperatures, the Houston-based team started from 4th on the grid and managed to survive a busy first few laps during which there was plenty of close contact throughout the field. Olivier Beretta was running in third place in class, but reported that the “rear was sliding everywhere” and eventually started to lose time and positions. What the team did not realise at the time was that Beretta was driving his stint with a cut left rear tire.
Twelve minutes later a full course caution was called and it was at that point that the team’s strategy was effectively changed. Malucelli was called into the pits again for fuel and tires – enough fuel to see him through to the end of the race. The gamble was paying off handsomely as the race was drawing to its conclusion, with competitors having to pit again for fuel while Risi did not. Unfortunately the gamble came to nought.
Team Principal Giuseppe Risi said afterwards: “I am extremely disappointed with the outcome of the race, but have to praise the Risi team for the job they did to that point. The engineering strategy was superb, and was wholly responsible for us making a return to a potential point-finishing position, and the crew did a perfect job in the pits under difficult circumstances.”
The next round of the American Le Mans Series will be the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport on Sunday July 21st.