June 15-16, 2019
Race Track: Circuit de la Sarthe
Track Location: Le Mans, France
Race Date: June 15-16, 2019
Race Duration: 24 Hours
Track Length: 8.469 Miles
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The drivers of the No. 89 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro drove a hard race but was not able to take a podium at this year’s 87th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The finish line was crossed by French driver Jules Gounon in the 12th position in class. His co-drivers Luis Felipe “Pipo” Derani and starting/qualifying driver Oliver Jarvis battled hard throughout the twice-around-the-clock endurance race. The extremely challenging GTE-Pro had a formidable line-up for the Houston, Texas-based Risi Competizione team, including factory efforts by Chevrolet (GM), Ford, BMW, Porsche, and Aston Martin, as well as two additional factory Ferrari 488 EVOs. The experienced team was ready to challenge for a victory, which it has claimed three times since 1998, but it was not the year for a repeat.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans race has reached the halfway point of the 87th running at the Circuit de la Sarthe. The No. 89 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro entry of Pipo Derani, Oliver Jarvis, and Jules Gounon has improved their pace and elevated to the 11th position in class after once-around-the-clock of racing. Jarvis was at the wheel and in 14th-place at the 6-hour mark. A full course caution was displayed immediately after he entered the car. Shortly thereafter he had to pit when he locked up his brakes in an oil spill in the first chicane. Fuel and new tires were added in the first stop and fuel only in his final stop, which also included a driver change to Derani.
The No. 89 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro started this year’s 87th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race from the 17th position in class. Starting driver Oliver Jarvis kept an even pace without any drama and had one brief full course yellow session during his double stint. He gave the car to Pipo Derani, having elevated one position. Derani continued to race the Ferrari 488 EVO up the charts, and as high as 12th position in class, before another caution flag was flown just after his first pit stop. He provided the car to Jules Gounon in 15th position approximately 3hr 30mins into the twice-around-the-clock endurance race.
The No. 89 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro will start the 87th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race from the 17th position in class. Luis Felipe “Pipo” Derani, Oliver Jarvis, and Jules Gounon are drivers for this year’s running of the twice-around-the-clock globally popular race held in Le Mans, France. Coming into this week’s official practice and qualifying sessions, the Risi Competizione team had a deficit of track time after the official Test day on Sunday, June 2. With all three drivers missing the early Driver’s Meeting due to traveling to Le Mans from other racing events, and an electrical issue that lost over two hours of potential track time, the usual benefits of the Test day were not gained for the Risi team.
A Race Engineers’ Perspective
Rick Mayer, race engineer of the No. 89 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 LM GTE-Pro team, gives us a preview of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race, June 12-16, 2019. The driver line-up for the 87th annual race at the Circuit de la Sarthe are Brazilian driver Luis Felipe “Pipo” Derani, Brit Oliver Jarvis, and Frenchman Jules Gounon, driving for the Houston, Texas-based team sharing a Franco-American livery this year.
Risi Competizione returns to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the untraditionally blue No. 89 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 LM GTE-Pro entry for this year’s 87th annual race, June 15-16. Brazilian driver Luis Felipe “Pipo” Derani, England’s Oliver Jarvis, and Frenchman Jules Gounon will pilot the Prancing Horse for the well-known American team. Derani, winner of the 2019 12 Hours of Sebring race, has four Le Mans entry and one podium finish in 2017 in a GTE-Pro Ford GT. Jarvis has competed at the twice-around-the-clock French venue seven times and was a winner in 2017 in the LMP2 class and has captured three additional podiums, all in the LMP1 class. Gounon, son of former Le Mans winner, Jean-Marc Gounon, will be making his debut at the legendary race.
The Risi Competizione team is proud to share its unique livery for the Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro entry in the 87th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race, June 15-16. For this year’s race Risi Competizione has connected with Jean Guikas and the French Ferrari Owners Club for a Franco-American alliance with its No. 89 GTE-Pro entry fielding drivers Pipo Derani of Brazil, Oliver Jarvis of England, and Jules Gounon of France.
Risi Competizione Team Principal Giuseppe Risi and Frenchman Jean Guikas are happy to announce the final driver line-up for the No. 89 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro entry for this year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, June 15-16, with Frenchman Jules Gounon and England’s Oliver Jarvis. Brazilian hot shoe Luis Felipe “Pipo” Derani, winner of the recent 12 Hours of Sebring race and has enjoyed three wins at Sebring in the last four events, was announced as the first Risi Competizione driver last week. Jarvis and Gounon complete the 2019 driver roster.
Risi Competizione has announced Sao Paolo native, Luis Felipe “Pipo” Derani, as a driver for the 87th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race, June 15-16. This will be the 25-year-old’s fifth running at Le Mans, having competed every year since 2015, including a fifth-place finish last year in a GTE-Pro Ferrari 488 and a podium in 2017 in a GTE-Pro Ford. Additionally, in 2015 and 2016 he ran in the LMP2 class. This will be his first appearance with the Houston, Texas-based Risi Competizione Ferrari team.