The Risi Competizione team announced today that it has withdrawn its entry for the 24 Hours of LeMans. After careful analysis of the existing Ferrari 333 SP package, the team decided it was in their best interest to withdraw.
"Due to the fact that we don't feel our Ferrari 333 SP will be competitive against the prospective 24 Hours of LeMans field this year, we, as a team, have decided to withdraw our entry to LeMans," said team principal Guiseppe Risi.
"It unfortunate and we're disappointed to have to make this decision," added Technical Director and team co-owner John McLoughlin. "Like most race teams, we want to race to win. We decided that just was not a realistic goal with the car combination we have currently. The evolution package we had hoped for will not be ready for the LeMans race, so we feel it is the right decision to withdraw at this point. All of our attention can now go the GrandAm Series."
The Risi Competizione Ferrari team will continue to focus its energy on a chase for the championship in the Grand American Road Racing Series. Drivers Mimmo Schiattarella and Ralf Kelleners will compete for the series championship on behalf of the #12 Risi Competizione Ferrari team. The next event will be at Phoenix International Raceway April 20-22.