Despite leaving the ROAR Before the 24 early, Risi Competizione are confident of their chances in the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona. The team packed away the #62 Ferrari 458 Italia GTE after the Saturday of testing ahead of the opening round of the 2015 TUDOR United Sportscar Championship.
Only two of the team’s four race drivers were at the Florida race track for the test, Giancarlo Fisichella and Olivier Baretta opted to sit out the test and let Pierre Kaffer and Davide Rigon complete the testing programme.
Dave Sims, team manager for the Texan race team said, “The last two days have been very successful. The car set up has been right from the word go and has suited the car. A full stint today has proved the car consistent and absolutely right from beginning to end. The drivers are over-the-moon with the car. Pierre and Fisichella have the same set up so there’s no question if he will like it, which is another bonus. We’re going to load up and get on the road Sunday. We’ve got extensive work to do back at the shop in preparation for the race, which is coming upon us very quickly.”
Kaffer added, “I’m really happy to be back in the Risi Competizione car. Since Petit Le Mans, we’ve worked on the car over the winter time and out from the trailer here at Daytona, the car has been good. During our test sessions at the Roar we have developed our setup in the direction we like for the race. The car is very easy to drive and the team is getting used to everything again. It’s always nice to have some time before a race like Daytona to get into rhythm again. We feel really comfortable after several test sessions. Davide did a very good job in the car. Unfortunately, he did not drive much last year in the race. And here this week, he was a bit unlucky with the red flags, but he is very reliable. I know him well and am looking very forward to driving with him and Olivier for the 24 Hours at Daytona.”
Rigon finished by saying, “It’s really nice to be here with Risi Competizione. From the first lap, I felt very good with the car and the team. They are really fantastic. For now, we are working well with the car and trying a lot of different stuff. This is my first time driving with my teammate, Pierre. As a whole team with Olivier and Giancarlo Fisichella, I think we are a really good crew. Let’s hope it will continue like this and we’ll continue preparing for the race in a few weeks.”