It’s been an up-and-down season for Risi Competizione in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but the team will look to go out on a high note after scoring the pole Friday for the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Toni Vilander grabbed the top spot from the Ford of Richard Westbrook with six minutes remaining in the 15-minute session, and bested his own lap three minutes later for a pole-winning time of one minute, 17.660 seconds (117.743 mph). It was the second consecutive pole for the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE team. Vilander will be joined by co-drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Alessandro Pier Guidi this weekend.
“Every time we come back to this track the car gets better and better,” said Vilander, who has two victories at Motul Petit Le Mans. “I feel like I can get even more out of the car. I’m happy for the Risi crew and I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
Risi Competizione started the 2017 season with back-to-back podium finishes at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, but then suffered a trio of on-track accidents at Long Beach, Circuit of The Americas and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After a four-race hiatus, the team returned to Virginia International Raceway and placed third, and followed that up with a second place finish at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca two weeks ago.
The Motul Petit Le Mans is the perfect race for the team to go out on a high note. Risi Competizione has entered Motul Petit Le Mans 23 times in 16 years with four victories, 10 podium finishes and six poles.The points-leading No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia qualified second, moving up following a post-qualifying ride height infraction for the No. 67 Ford GT of Westbrook.
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