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Risi returns with a familiar face

The Houston-based Risi Competizione team is not the only familiar face returning to the American Le Mans Series in 2013. Five-time ALMS GTS/GT1 champion Olivier Beretta returns to the ALMS in his new role as a factory driver for Ferrari Corse Clienti. Beretta took championships with original Dodge Viper program and more recently with Corvette Racing. The born-and-bred Monaco native also spent a year behind the wheel of the Panoz...

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Risi returns for 2013

Fans of red Ferraris will have added reason to celebrate in 2013 – Risi Competizione will be back in the American Le Mans Series. The team is returning to competition after a hiatus in 2012. The Houston, Texas-based team will enter one Ferrari 458 Italia GT in the GT class of the 2013 ALMS. With the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Series merging for 2014, the Houston-based Risi team now feels that the time is...

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Risi Petit Le Mans heartache

After showing great pace all week, Risi Competizione’s Petit Le Mans is over before the green flag was waved. Jaime Melo crashed the car during the formation lap at Turn 9 – just after the long back straight. The Ferrari 458 Italia suffering too much damage to be repaired in time for the start. Melo was to share the car with Toni Vilander and Rafael Matos. “What can one say? We’ve worked so hard to be here, have had...

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Update 2: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Swapping paint, banging wheels and using every inch of the racetrack has been the order of the day as the ModSpace American Le Mans Series Monterey event reached the half way mark after three hours. While Guy Smith and Dyson Racing held the overall lead in LMP1, the battle for the GT honors was still being fiercely contested between the Risi Competizione Ferrari and Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche. Toni Vilander had made his way...

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Flying Ferrari back to victory lane

Ferrari returned to victory lane at Road America with Risi Competizione pushing the new-for-2011 Ferrari F458 Italia to its first American Le Mans Series victory with Jaime Melo and Toni Vilander. The Brazilian/Finnish combo topped the dominant BMW squad with Dirk Werner and Bill Auberlen leading home GT championship leaders Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller. Taking advantage of the latest Michelin racing tires on all four wheels, Melo took...

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