3X Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Risi Competizione is planning to return to the French endurance race this year.
I learned Friday, that the Houston, Texas-based Ferrari team has filed an entry for the race under its own name for the 1st time since Y 2017.
Risi is hoping to be on the grid in GTE Pro for the blue-riband World Endurance Championship round on 15/16 June
Ferrari dealer and Team owner Giuseppe Risi said, “We have put in an entry as ourselves and want to go back.
“We feel there is a level-playing field at Le Mans.”
Risi did not say who would race its solo 488 GTE, but stated he was hopeful of having at least some Ferrari factory drivers in his line-up.
“I’m sure we will sort something out with Ferrari,” he said.
Risi is likely to find out whether it has been successful in its bid for a Le Mans spot in March.
Race organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest is unveiling the entry list in 2 stages this year.
The 1st 50 cars, which will comprise mostly WEC entries and teams that have won guaranteed grid spots, will be announced on 11 February, and the ACO will then confirm a further 10 cars and 10 reserves on 1 March.
The Houston-based team, running as Doyle-Risi, won the LMP900 class with a Ferrari 333SP on its Le Mans debut in Y 1998 and claimed GT2 honours in 2008 and ’09.
It ended a 6 year hiatus from Le Mans in Y 2016 when it finished a close 2nd in class to the then-new Ford GT.
Risi returned to the race in Y 2017 and then ran its Ferrari in the GTE Am ranks last year under the Keating Motorsports banner.
Risi’s intended return to Le Mans follows Ferrari’s comes just after the revelation from Ferrari that it will not field an additional entry alongside its 2 factory AF Corse WEC cars this year.
Risi took 2nd place in GT Le Mans at last weekend’s Daytona 24 Hours, but has no plans to contest further rounds of the IMSA SportsCar Championship this year.
The team believes that the Ferrari is not competitive under the IMSA championship’s Balance of Performance and needs some help to be able to compete with the 2-car factory entries from Porsche, Ford, Chevrolet and BMW.
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