Risi Competizione Post Race Report Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

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Sebring, Fla., March 19, 2022

The 70th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented By Advance Auto Parts IMSA WeatherTech Championship race featured plenty of action and many caution flags over the 351 laps in 12 hours. The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo had a great start at the historic 3.74-mile, 17-turn central Florida road course circuit when they started on the pole with qualifying driver Brazilian Daniel Serra at the wheel. In the end they finished ninth in class and five laps down from the class winning No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette.

Just two and a half hours into the race the team suffered a power steering issue while new Risi driver Italian Eddie Cheever III was at the wheel. It required the team take the car to the garage to make repairs and Cheever re-entered the race eight laps down and in ninth in class position in GTD Pro.

The middle of the race was filled with full course cautions, with five yellow flags displayed in four hours. The numerous cautions created a strategy for the Risi Competizione team of trying to judge and catch the yellow flags perfectly to make up as many laps as possible. They were able to catch the flags correctly and make up three laps over the remaining over seven hours, however they couldn’t advance enough to make a difference in their finishing position.

The remainder of the race was very clean for the Prancing Horse team from Houston, Texas, as they circulated the track and pitted about every hour for tires, fuel and driver change.

Taking the checkered flag after 12 hours while ninth in class and 31st overall out of 53 starting cars was the best they could manage under the conditions against the hard charging GTD Pro competitors looking for the win. Although Risi Competizione previously won three times in 17 years and 23 entries at Sebring International Raceway, 2022 was not the year to add to those successes.

Due to Serra and Rigon’s second place finish with Risi Competizione at January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona, along with Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado, they currently stand third in GTD Pro class points following IMSA’s Round 2.

Rick Mayer, Risi Competizione Race Engineer:
“Unfortunately, we had a power steering issue early that put us several laps down. We had a good car. The drivers and crew did a great job and we thought we might be able to get our laps back, so we continued. The drivers made no errors in the race, and all the pit stops were flawless. The car is nearly undamaged after 12 hours. The yellows played in our favor in most cases, but there weren’t enough to get back on the lead lap.”

Daniel Serra, driver No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo:
“It was a difficult race. I think we had the team and the car to be fighting for a victory, but we had the power steering problem and because of that we were almost eight laps down. We were able to recover four laps. I think we had good moments during the weekend. I think we learned a lot about the car and everything. It was nice to work with Davide, Eddie and all the Risi team and I’m looking forward to the next one.”

Davide Rigon, driver No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo:
“Actually, I’m very disappointed because of the issue we had at the beginning of the race. After that it was all very good with the team. They did a great job, not one mistake and the pitstops were perfect. We just had that issue on the power steering when Eddie was driving and we lost a lot of laps and we were able to recover four laps, but the last four it was difficult to recover. I’m very happy to have driven with Daniel and Eddie. They were both very fast and no mistakes from us which was the key here in Sebring. Honestly, I think we had the chance to be on the podium. The speed of the car was very good. Let’s focus on the next one.”

Eddie Cheever III, driver No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo:
“So, overall for me it was an incredible experience because I got to drive the Risi car that I’ve always been watching on TV and cheering for the Team. It’s a Ferrari team and has so much history so it was a real pleasure to be part of the team and to drive with Daniel and Davide. Everything worked out perfectly except for that problem we had at the beginning of the race. Unfortunately, there were not enough full course yellows to gain the laps back, but we gave it all until the end. It’s always an achievement to see the finish line so that is a positive and the car was working really good. I think without that problem we would have fought for a good position on track at the end of the race. But racing is like that and we’ll have better luck next time.”

The Risi Competizione Ferrari team has not yet announced any additional racing plans for 2022.

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