MOWLEM, MATES PRONOUNCE RISI FERRARI READY FOR LEMANS LE MANS, France (June 3, 2007) -- British racing star Johnny Mowlem would like to get the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans started as soon as possible. Mowlem and the other...
MOWLEM, MATES PRONOUNCE RISI FERRARI READY FOR LEMANS
LE MANS, France (June 3, 2007) -- British racing star Johnny Mowlem would like to get the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans started as soon as possible.
Mowlem and the other competitors in the famous race will have to wait nearly two weeks until the start on June 16. While his team, the Risi Competizione Ferrari organization, must still do the final preparation work on the cars before the event, Mowlem is counting the days because he believes the team's Ferrari 430 GT2 cars have a great chance to win the GT2 class in the race.
All the teams competing in the event participated in this weekend's test at the Le Sarthe circuit. Mowlem and co-drivers Jaime Melo and Mika Salo gave their car a good shakedown and said the car behaved well.
"I'm absolutely delighted the team has got the car going so well," Mowlem said after the conclusion of the test. "From a personal point of view I'm really pleased with the way I felt in the car having not driven it since the Sebring race. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I felt at home and was able run consistently quick lap times. We never really showed the full potential of the car over one lap, but I think the car is in really good shape and we are looking good for the race."
Near the end of the test, Melo recorded the fourth-fastest lap in the class.
Mowlem, Melo and Salo teamed to drive a Risi Ferrari to victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring classic earlier this season. Since then, Mowlem has raced Ferraris for the GPC team in the International GT Open Series and in the Le Mans Series in Europe.
"Everywhere I've raced this season, Ferrari has been the make to beat," Mowlem said. "I want to keep it that way at Le Mans!!"
Dave Sims, the team manager for Risi Competizione, said the team's two car effort had a number of goals for the test and that the team finished the checklist.
"I'm very pleased with the way things have gone overall," Sims said. "We achieved what we set out to do regarding race set up, brake pad wear, full tank runs, and seeing what tire combinations we would like to use. We've still got a bit to do on the Wednesday (June 13th, the first of the two pre-race practice and qualifying sessions), but we're confident and very happy with both cars."
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