RISI COMPETIZIONE RACE TO PODIUM FINISH AT SEBRING ON WORLD DEBUT OF THE NEW FERRARI F430GT Sebring, Florida - Late last night Anthony Lazzaro raced across the finish line at Sebring to bring the brand-new Risi Competizione Ferrari F430GT home...
RISI COMPETIZIONE RACE TO PODIUM FINISH AT SEBRING ON WORLD DEBUT OF THE NEW FERRARI F430GT
Sebring, Florida - Late last night Anthony Lazzaro raced across the finish line at Sebring to bring the brand-new Risi Competizione Ferrari F430GT home third in GT2 on the occasion of its world racing debut, in this most gruelling 12 hour duration marathon race.
This year saw, the 54th running of the Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, witnessed one of most exciting races for honours in the GT2 class within recent memory, with the on-track lead changing hands several times an hour right throughout the race. The podium trio were eventually being separated by less than 50 seconds after 320 laps of close-fought racing.
The #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430GT was right in the hunt from the moment the new car was unloaded at Sebring earlier this month to kick off pre-race testing, and all race long it traded the lead of GT2 with the #50 Multimac Motorsports Panoz Esperante GTLM.
"The world saw the debut of the latest Ferrari sports racing car, this week, along with the team debut of a very gifted young driver, Jaime Melo," says Team Managing Director Giuseppe Risi. "We're delighted with the overall mechanical performance of the car and the Michelin tyres were superb. It's been very satisfying debut for the F430GT."
Brazilian Jaime Melo joined Risi Competizione for this race and has been a real revelation here, one of the drivers who stood out. An official Ferrari test driver, he has brought valuable knowledge gained during the car's development programme to the team. He also set the fastest GT2 lap of the race, breaking the official circuit record in the process.
Meanwhile, Chief Engineer Rick Mayer was also impressed by the new Ferrari F430GT, commenting: "We only had the car for a couple of days before we went to Sebring. Our team did a great job of preparing the car at short notice. We had no reliability problems whatsoever. It's very solid, dependable and fast new race car."