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Risi Competizione Hope For Change In Form At Lime Rock Park

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Risi Competizione will be looking to leave their bad fortunes behind as they head to Lime Rock Park after a lengthy break for the American Le Mans Series.

The Connecticut circuit is the shortest on the ALMS calendar at only 1.47 miles, meaning the 34 cars will find space hard to come by at a circuit that GT cars can complete in just 51 seconds. Full course cautions are not to be unexpected, either, with the chicane expected to be the scene of many incidents as faster cars do all they can to not get held up through the corner.

“Calling the race strategy with the cautions is tricky here,” said chief engineer Rick Mayer. “The green lap is so short that the caution laps are only 100 seconds. It takes roughly 30 seconds to traverse pit lane, 26 for fuel and around 8 for tires. Not a lot of change left from the 100 seconds. You can easily go down a lap if you get it wrong, even on a good stop. Each stop isn’t automatically full service if you want to stay on the lead lap.”

The team did not enjoy the best of outings at Laguna Seca, but will be hoping that the lengthy break will have given them enough time to sort out any gremlins, and with drivers Oliver Beretta and Matteo Malucelli both having raced at Le Mans, they can firmly put the Laguna Seca race behind them.

The 2 hour, 45 minute race will take place on Saturday 6 July, starting at 3:05pm local time.

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