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Bruni rues retirement as Risi turns focus to America

Having bravely taken the fight to Corvette in the sole Ferrari capable of doing battle at the front in GT2, Gianmaria Bruni confessed after retiring that Risi Competizione's focus must now switch to the remainder of the 2010 American Le Mans Series
Gianmaria Bruni reflected that it was 'sad' to have had to retire from the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours after Risi Competizione had taken the fight to Corvette in the battle for GT2 class glory – but having nonetheless ably proven the car's pace and potential, he says the team is now switching its focus to the remainder of the American Le Mans Series campaign.

Having qualified the Ferrari 430GTC he was sharing with Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer on pole position in class, Bruni and his two team-mates then artfully scythed their way through the field to engage in a thrilling duel for supremacy with the #64 works Corvette, as the two cars entertainingly passed and re-passed one another as if it were a short sprint race rather than a round-the-clock endurance.

That scrap, however, was prematurely ended when transmission woes intervened and consigned Bruni, Melo and Kaffer to an early bath on lap 116, just short of half-distance. Frustrating and disappointing, the Italian confessed, but ultimately also encouraging for what lies ahead.

“To begin with, we got pole and were then disqualified,” the former Minardi F1 ace mused, speaking to Crash.net. “We had to start last but got back into the lead in the race – and then this happened.

“Everything had been looking good – it must have been okay, because we were up there! We caught the Corvette, then had a good fight with it and got back into the lead of the race. The car was strong – we were the only Ferrari fighting with the Corvettes.

“It's sad that we lost here and a shame for the team, but now we have to look after the championship in America – it's all about that now. We'll see what happens in a month's time in Utah...”

by Russell Atkins



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