Quotes from Risi Competizione drivers after Rolex 24 at Daytona


Quotes from Risi Competizione drivers at the end of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Houston-based squad finished fiftih in the GTLM class with the #62 Ferrari 488 GTE in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opening round.

Toni Vilander, driver No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM:

"It's been quite a difficult weekend. We've had a lot of challenges of all different kinds of things that put us back. We sort of found a way to fight back, but then we'd fall back again, then fight back, then fall back again. It's been a rollercoaster on the technical side and tires and there's been so many things we've never experienced before so maybe we need to study a bit more what happened during this 24-hours. I have no doubt that we will come back even stronger, but today is a tough one to take, especially because at night we had pace, although daytime a little bit less. We will stay in contact with Rick and try to figure out what to do for Sebring."

Alessandro Pier Guidi, driver No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM:

"It was a really tough race. We had every kind of issue. We had issues with the tires and an engine sensor. I think the Fords were too fast for everybody, but we could have fought with the Corvette for third place, but unfortunately, we had so many issues without a caution which is not usual for Daytona. With so few yellows it was difficult to recover. The team did a great job because they worked really hard and we missed just a bit of luck, but we will try next year and I'm sure we can do it with Ferrari and Risi Competizione."


James Calado, driver No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM:
"I think you always want to be confident going into the weekend, but I knew even though I wasn't at the Roar that both the Fords and Corvettes looked a little bit outside of our reach. I was just hoping we would maybe get some good luck on our side, but unfortunately, lady luck didn't arrive, and we had a lot of issues to deal with, which cost us quite a lot. But, saying that, I don't think we had the pace to be on the podium, so it's something I hope is addressed if we continue to race. All the guys have done an amazing job. The car's always immaculate when we start the race, and everyone works so hard, so a big thank you to everyone at Risi, especially Giuseppe. Let's hope we get another shot and another race win."

Davide Rigon, driver No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM:

"The stint was going very well and with all the engine electrical issues it was hard to tell if we were going to be able to stay out or have to come in and fix it. The guys and all the team did a fantastic job and we never had any mistake, just some electronic issues that we had to manage. But, the good thing is we did our best and had the potential to be on the podium. A win today would have been a bit difficult, but to be there on the podium, for sure we could have gotten there."

Quotes taken from Risi Competizione press release.

Photos: Ferrari