TEAM RELEASE: Risi face a street fight for success in Baltimore
Houston, TX, Friday 30 August 2013. After just two hours of practice, during which Risi’s drivers had to familiarise themselves with the narrow confines of the Baltimore street track and find a satisfactory set up, it was time for qualifying in preparation for the 2-hour race tomorrow, the 7th round of the American Le Mans Series.
The No.62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia was qualified by Olivier Beretta and, in a typically close GT session just 1.3 seconds separated the top 8 cars. The Monegasque driver’s best lap time of 1:30.900 places him in 8th position on the GT grid which was somewhat disappointing for the Houston-based team who had anticipated a better result.
The practice sessions had – as often is the case with street races – been severely disrupted by red flag stoppages which limited the track time available to the team even further. The team struggled with a rear end handling issue during practice which wasn’t completely resolved during qualifying.
Beretta said afterwards: “The traffic was not an issue. We are very limited with practice time in Baltimore and it is lot different to what we have at other tracks because there are a lot of bumps.
“We are in a learning year with this car. The team and the drivers are all working together and trying their best. The result is not there yet but the results will come. We are facing some really good teams with up to three years of experience at this track and we have just one year. Like I said, we are a new group just starting here.”
The next round of the American Le Mans Series will be the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT, Maryland on Saturday, August 31 2013. Live qualifying coverage from the temporary street track will be shown on ESPN3 and ALMS.com on Friday, August 31 from 4:20 pm - 5:55 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time). Race coverage will be on ABC, tape delayed, on Sunday, September 1 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST and live on ESPN3 and ALMS.com on Saturday, August 31 from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm EST. For countries outside the USA there is live-steaming on www.americanlemans.com and the race will be shown live on Motors TV.