Risi Ferrari drivers poised for ALMS season finale Braselton, Georgia -- Risi Competizione drivers Ralf Kelleners and Anthony Lazzaro are poised to race their number 35 Calpont Ferrari 360 Modena GT to victory at the 10-hour American Le Mans ...
Risi Ferrari drivers poised for ALMS season finale
Braselton, Georgia -- Risi Competizione drivers Ralf Kelleners and Anthony Lazzaro are poised to race their number 35 Calpont Ferrari 360 Modena GT to victory at the 10-hour American Le Mans Series season finale at Road Atlanta on Saturday.
The Risi team has been developing a host of new components since the team last raced here in June. "We have added a host of new components for this event. We have installed the sequential gearbox, new shock package and this will be our second race with the Magneti-Marelli engine management system," said Dave Sims, Risi Ferrari team manager. With these new components the Ferrari 360 is lapping almost a second faster compared to just three months ago.
The team has had mixed results in the longer races of the 2003 ALMS season. "We are looking forward to a more competitive long distance race. We had a tough beginning at Sebring when we lost a wheel and our Le Mans race was disappointing as well. The team continues to develop the Ferrari 360 and keeps coming with new components - As a driver this commitment really makes you look forward to the race weekend," said Anthony Lazzaro.
Lazzaro and driving partner Kelleners will be focused on taking over the second position in the driver's standings, just one point separates them from their Porsche rivals Bernhard and Bergmeister. "We really don't have a specific strategy, just to drive flat-out the whole race. We are typically a second behind the Porsches, so we have to run a really clean race with no mechanical problems to take over the second position," said Ralf Kelleners.
Qualifying will begin Thursday with the final grid positions to be decided on Friday afternoon. The green flag will drop at 11:30 a.m. EST on Saturday. Speed Channel will televise seven hours of the event live throughout Saturday.
Road Atlanta ALMS GT class track record is held by Dirk Muller in a BMW M3, 1:23.163 and 109.95 mph.