24 Heures du Mans race organized by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.

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Race Track: Circuit de la Sarthe
Track Location: Le Mans, France
Race Date: September 19-20, 2020
Race Duration: 24 Hours
Track Length: 8.469 Miles

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The No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 LM GTE-Pro entry of French driving trio Sébastien Bourdais, Olivier Pla and Jules Gounon did not quite achieve the victory or podium they sought in the 88th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race, but finished in the fourth position in the GTE-Pro class. The American Risi squad started from eighth place in class and managed to claw its way up to third just after the halfway point in the very competitive GTE-Pro class before having a damper failure that made their podium dreams evaporate.

Shortly after the 13-hour mark of the 88th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans the Houston, Texas-based No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari team had its first setback in its effort to achieve a podium in the legendary twice-around-the-clock endurance classic race. Jules Gounon had been in the No 82 Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro at the halfway point of the race and stayed in for another hour before passing the red beauty to Sébastien Bourdais from third place, the highest position yet achieved in class by the Risi team this race, and shortly after the 13-hour mark. Shortly into Seb’s stint the car experienced a damper failure that sent him spinning into the gravel right at the Porsche Curves.

As the halfway point of the 88th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans was reached at 2:30 a.m. local time, the No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro team was in the fourth position in class. Risi driver Sébastien Bourdais, who calls the Circuit de la Sarthe his home track, was both the starting driver and driver at the six-hour mark. Nearly seven hours into the race there was an accident on track that caused extensive damage to the guardrail on part of the circuit.

The No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro team started today’s 88th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race from eighth in class with local Le Mans, France native Sébastien Bourdais at the wheel. By the end of the first hour Bourdais had brought the Rosso Corsa red Prancing Horse up to sixth in class. By his first pit stop approximately one hour into the twice-around-the-clock endurance classis, the American Ferrari was in the fifth-place class position.

The No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro is set to start the 88th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race from the eighth class position in GTE-Pro in this year’s 59-car field. Le Mans native and four-time Champ Car champion, Sébastien Bourdais, who just announced his return to full-time IndyCar Series competition in 2021 with A.J. Foyt Racing, set the team’s best time in Thursday’s qualifying. The time was disallowed after a garage infraction, but the popular American team will still start from the eighth position in GTE-Pro.

The Houston, Texas-based Risi Competizione Ferrari team announces sports nutrition/fitness apparel company 1st Phorm as a team partner for the 88th annual running of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race this week in Le Mans, France. 1st Phorm will be featured on the fan-favorite red No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro car, which will be driven by Sébastien Bourdais, Olivier Pla and Jules Gounon, all French-born racers. The St Louis, Missouri-based 1st Phorm was founded in 2009 and is led by brothers Andy and Sal Frisella, CEO and president respectively.

American race team, Risi Competizione, is one of the few U.S.-based teams competing at this week’s rescheduled 88th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race, September 17-20. The Ferrari team may be American but it will be piloted this year by a full French driver line up. The No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 LM GTE-Pro entry will be comprised of Le Mans’ hometown hero and former Le Mans class winner, Sébastien Bourdais; 12-time Le Mans competitor from Toulouse, Olivier Pla; and Aubenas, France native and Bentley factory driver, Jules Gounon, who made his Le Mans debut last year with the Risi squad. The No. 82 red Ferrari 488 GTE previously only competed at this year’s running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.

A Race Engineers’ Perspective
Rick Mayer, race engineer of the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 LM GTE-Pro team, gives us a preview of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race with the rescheduled date of September 17-20, 2020. The driver line-up for the 88th annual race at Le Mans, France’s Circuit de la Sarthe include three Frenchmen – Sébastien Bourdais, Olivier Pla and Jules Gounon. The Houston, Texas-based American team will run with a different number this year, No. 82, and with a traditional red Ferrari.

Although the Risi Competizione Ferrari GTE-Pro team was accepted as an entrant for the 88th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race with its No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo back in March, announcements got side-lined as the global pandemic struck. Today Giuseppe Risi confirmed the Houston, Texas-based squad intends to compete on the new postponed dates of September 19-20 at the historic Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. Drivers announced at the time of the Risi Competizione entry being accepted included French racing drivers Olivier Pla and Sébastien Bourdais. The third driver has now been announced as Jules Gounon, who competed with the team last year in his inaugural run at Le Mans, creating an all-French line-up for the American team in the beautiful Italian Ferrari 488 GTE-LM entry.