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Risi Ferrari On The Back Foot At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Posted by: newsla on Jul 13, 2014 - 06:31 AM
Risi Ferrari On The Back Foot At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Houston-based Risi Competizione has been on the back foot compared to its rivals since arriving at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship’s first visit north of the border.


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With its Ferrari 458 Italia suffering from a marked lack of downforce and therefore unable to compete on an equal basis with competitors in the GTLM class, it was disappointing but perhaps not altogether surprising that Pierre Kaffer qualified in 9th place for tomorrow’s 2h45 race, the 6th round of the season for the category. His best time of 1:16.340, set on his eighth lap, was 1.1 seconds from pole position which was claimed by Canadian driver, Kuno Wittmer, in the No.93 SRT Dodge Viper.

The weather has been fine and warm for the practice and qualifying days but there is a strong possibility of rain for race day which may well favor Risi’s quest for a good points-scoring finish. While the track can be extremely slippery and unpredictable while wet, both Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer possess a huge amount of experience with the F458 in all types of conditions.

Team Manager, David Sims, commented: "It’s been a pretty tough few days, and there appears to be some discrepancy in the GTLM Balance of Performance which is definitely working against us. If it rains tomorrow, it will definitely shake things up and that might work well for us providing we stay out of trouble."

Pierre Kaffer said after qualifying: "The last lot of changes we made before qualifying were positive, the car is well balanced and we improved on what we had before, but we’re still behind the others. We’ll study the data overnight and hopefully tomorrow it will start to rain and then everything’s possible. The boys did a good job, and the car is nice to drive, but we’re just not quick enough."

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix begins at 2:05 pm on Sunday, 13 July and will be shown on FOX Sports 1, with telecasts available to viewers in Europe, Asia and Africa on IMSA.com and in the U.S. for users of the FOX Sports GO mobile app. On-board cameras are also available on IMSA.com throughout the event for both international and domestic viewers.

The Motor Racing Network will broadcast the Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance on radio in its entirety on IMSA.com, MRN.com and select affiliates. For this weekend, the broadcast will be carried locally on CHJJ, 90.7 FM from Cobourg, Ontario.

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