Risi Competizione has confirmed the addition of team regulars Toni Vilander and James Calado to its Rolex 24 at Daytona line-up. The Finn and Briton join Italy’s Alessandro Pier Guidi, who was previously announced in the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GT Le Mans entry.
Coming off a partial 2017 season in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship where the Houston-based team skipped four rounds due to budget constraints, its return for Daytona is a welcome addition to the GTLM ranks. At present, the team has only committed to running at the Rolex 24.
The one key change for the red twin-turbo V8-powered machine is the absence of Giancarlo Fisichella. The fate of the Italian, a staple within the Risi team for many years as a byproduct of his factories ties to Ferrari, is unclear.
With the No. 62 488 on the grid, IMSA’s factory-rich GT class will resume the longstanding fight between BMW, Ferrari, Ford, and Porsche. Despite a winless streak that spanned the 2017 season, the semi-works Risi program earned five podiums from seven starts, including a third-place performance at Daytona.
Only Pier Guidi is scheduled to test for the team during this weekend’s Roar Before The 24, which could limit its effectiveness against the other four manufacturers whose teams have been busy throughout the offseason with multiple tests.
Risi will also field a one-off GT Daytona effort with a Ferrari 488 GT3 for the Spanish-speaking quartet of Santiago Creel, Martin Fuentes, Miguel Molina, and Ricardo Perez de Lara.