Risi Competizione Secure ALMS Class Pole

Matteo Malucelli claimed his first ever ALMS pole for the team (Photo Credit: Risi Competizione/Regis Lefebure)

Risi Competizione will line up on pole in the GT class as the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) heads to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

It is the third pole position for the team in as many rounds in the 2013 ALMS series, with Matteo Malucelli taking his first career pole in the ALMS GT class.

Malucelli set a time of 1:22.732 on his fourth flying lap to put his Ferrari F458 Italia on pole position ahead of the Porsches of Falken and Core Autosports, having returned from a GTE victory in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

“It was fantastic for me as it was my first qualifying and my first pole in ALMS,” said Malucelli. “Laguna is a difficult track so I’m really happy and want to say thank you to the Risi team and Michelin as the car was really good. For sure we have the best position for the race tomorrow and will fight for the win.”

“For the first half hour on Thursday it was quite difficult adapting to the track as it was my first time here and there were many cars; I had to watch the mirrors a lot but after that first 30 minutes it was okay. It’s a bit slower than I expected but so far everything is going well and we will now see what happens tomorrow.”