If there’s anyone who knows his way around a fast Ferrari, it’s Jeff Segal.
This is the week of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and a motorsports reporter that I read asked Jeff some Big Qs: What is the race like, do the teams bring extra-strong espresso?
Have not got the answers yet…
Mr. Segal is driving the brand-new Ferrari 488 GT3 car in the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship this year in the series’ biggest races: Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
He qualified Scuderia Corsa’s GT Daytona-class Ferrari 488 GT3 on pole at the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the car went on to win the class.
However, the LM GTE Am-class car he will be in for Le Mans is the old 458, as that World Endurance Championship class held off on the latest race cars for this year.
Before then, he was the youngest ever Ferrari Challenge race winner at age 17, and won 2 Rolex GT Championships in Grand-Am in 2010 and 2012. In 2014, he won the 24 Hours of Daytona with Level 5 Motorsports’ Ferrari. For Le Mans, Jeff is joining Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell.
This year 8 teams are racing either the Ferrari 488 or the 458 at Le Mans.
The Team that I know a bit about is Risi Competizione, my friend David is there with the Team
Risi Competizione won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 3 of 6 years of entry. The 1st appearance of the Risi team at Le Mans was in Y 1998 when Wayne Taylor, Eric van de Poele and Fermin Velez won the LMP-1 class in the Ferrari 333 SP.
Risi collected back-to-back victories in the Ferrari 430 GT in Y 2008 with Jamie Melo, Mika Salo and Gianmaria Bruni and again in Y 2009 with Melo, Salo and Pierre Kaffer. The team also made appearances in Y’s 2003, 2007, their last entry was in Y 2010.
The popular Houston, Texas-based Ferrari team settled into their garage # 44 at the Circuit de la Sarthe in early June, set for all the activities that surround the 84th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race on 18-19 June.
The Test Day on June 5th garnered the needed information for set up after many laps in the new Ferrari 488 GTE, which is making its Le Mans race debut this year.
Risi’s full season drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander were joined by former Risi “hot shoe” Matteo Malucelli, all Ferrari factory drivers, for this year’s twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.
This year’s #82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro class entry will be Team Principal Giuseppe Risi’s 12th Le Mans entry dating back to Y 1998. The last time Risi waved it’s Rosso Corsa colors for all the Tifosi Ferrari fans at La Sarthe was in Y 2010.
Former Formula 1 driver Fisichella, who has 6 Le Mans appearances, and Finnish superstar Vilander, who has 7, have co-driven to victory together twice, in Y’s 2012 and 2014 in the Ferrari 458 Italia. Mr. Malucelli will be making his 6th appearance at the Circuit de la Sarthe and claims 2 podium finishes in the Ferrari 430 GTC in Y’s 2008 and 2009.
I will be following the race at this weekend, and reporting the results.
|HeffX-LTN Analysis for RACE:||Overall||Short||Intermediate||Long|
|Neutral (-0.23)||Bearish (-0.34)||Bearish (-0.29)||Neutral (-0.07)|