Fresh from victory in the GT2 class of the Le Mans 24 Hours, Risi Competizione will look to carry its winning form into the resumption of the American Le Mans Series season this weekend at Lime Rock Park.
Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer stormed to victory at La Sarthe alongside Mika Salo, having spent less time in the pits than any other car in the field as the team adopted a 'no risk' strategy for the race.
Melo and Kaffer will hope for much of the same at Lime Rock as the ALMS returns to action following the summer break, and Kaffer said he was excited about competing at the venue for the first time.
“Finally it is time to go back to America!” he said. “I am really looking forward to get behind the steering wheel of my Ferrari F430 after Le Mans. I have never been to Lime Rock before but I have heard that the track is very small and I am really excited about what to expect there. After our success in Le Mans I am looking forward to seeing the Risi crew again and I am sure we will perform brilliantly again."
Lime Rock will be in complete contrast to Le Mans, with a lap of little more than 1.5 miles compared to more than eight in France and Melo admitted that the event would be a challenge.
“It's very different to Le Mans, for sure,” he said. “It's a very short track and once again like at Utah we will have the Challenge cars in the race. We will probably start with the same car set up as last year but maybe need to make some changes…we won't know really until we get there and see what temperatures are like and the track conditions.
“It's always hard racing there because of the traffic – we had a puncture last year which lost us a lap – so our main aim is to stay out of trouble. If we can do that, we will finish in a good position which will be good for our Championship fight.”