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Risi Ready To Charge Hard In Sahlen's Six Hours Of The Glen
Posted by: newsla on Jun 29, 2014 - 06:57 AM
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Risi Ready To Charge Hard In Sahlen's Six Hours Of The Glen


Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 458 Italia will start from the fourth row of the GTLM grid for tomorrow’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International in New York after a typically close qualifying session today.

 

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Pierre Kaffer, making his second start this season with the Houston-based team, set a fastest lap of 1:44.950 in the red Ferrari. Just 0.8 seconds separated the top eight cars in the manufacturer-led GT category, and Risi’s privately-entered car is well placed behind seven full factory entries. Pole position was claimed by Andy Priaulx’s No.55 BMW with a fastest lap of 1:44.084.

Risi Competizione has had a less than perfect build up for tomorrow’s 6-hour race but the German was determined not to let that trouble him. The team has been chasing a handling problem from the start of the weekend, making a number of improvements but being stymied - like everyone else in the 55-car field - by three red flag stoppages in the third and final practice session which saw the No.62 Ferrari turning just 11 laps.

In addition, while Kaffer’s team mate Giancarlo Fisichella was at the wheel at the start of the session, he was tagged by a Prototype (and received a prompt and sincere apology from the driver concerned) which broke the rear diffuser and which called for some quick pit work to repair the car before the 15-minute qualifying session.

Pierre Kaffer said afterwards: "I have to say we’ve struggled a lot during the last few practice sessions and we’ve obviously been trying to improve the car each time. The last practice was particularly bad and the red flags didn’t help us, but the boys did a great job for qualifying.

"The car was the best I’ve driven it so far this weekend, and I tried to do my best of course. It was important to get under the 1m45s mark - especially for the team - and it’s very tight between everyone in our class. I’m quite confident for the race and I think we can improve the car again with some changes which we’ll try in the warm up.

"To qualify 8th is not what we expected, but we have to accept it and we’ll do our best tomorrow in what is quite a long race. I’m quite confident we’ll make up some positions during the race and we’ll see what we end up with."

Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen begins at 11:15 am and will be televised LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, June 29 starting at 11:00am EDT.


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