RISI'S POWER STRUGGLE AT ROAD AMERICA Today's qualifying session for the seventh round of the American Le Mans Series at the scenic and popular Road America track in Wisconsin was something of a struggle for Jaime Melo in his Risi Competizione...
RISI'S POWER STRUGGLE AT ROAD AMERICA
Today's qualifying session for the seventh round of the American Le Mans Series at the scenic and popular Road America track in Wisconsin was something of a struggle for Jaime Melo in his Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT. Qualifying in an uncharacteristically low seventh place on the grid for tomorrow's 2 hour 45 minute race, with a time of 2:07.740, Melo only completed five flying laps within the 20-minute session before coming into the pits and calling it a day.
"We are just down on power compared to the competition," said the disgruntled Brazilian. "We maybe waited a little too long to try and set our time, but after five laps I knew there was nothing else left in the car. I don't know where we can find any more power from."
Melo's time was exactly the same as that set by Wolf Henzler's Farnbacher Porsche but, as the German clocked his fastest time on lap 2 and Melo's was on lap 5, he takes the higher grid position.
Practice sessions heavily interrupted by red flags has meant that track time has been at a premium for all the runners. However, Risi's Pierre Kaffer, making his debut at Road America, has coped well with learning the vagaries of the fast 4.05 mile circuit under these circumstances, and set some very representative lap times in the sessions prior to qualifying.
Risi's Technical Director, Rick Mayer, says that the team has one wish for tomorrow. "Rain! There's currently a 60% chance of rain for the race which might be our saving grace as that will equalize the field. With the current rules package under which we are racing, we just don't have the power to compete in the dry; a wet race would really give us a fighting chance."