Le Mans 2020, Ferrari #82 scores a P4

Published: 15 June 2020

Risi Competizione got close to the podium

Sebastien Bourdais is part of the French line-up of Risi Comp

Texan-based team Risi Competizione had a hard test during the latest 24h of Le Mans, the most important endurance race of the European season. This time the waiting was reinforced since the the venue had to be postponed due to Covid-19 pandemia from June to September 2020. Ferrari 488 Evo LM GTE-Pro #82 of Team Risi was driven by a French-only line-up of drivers in collaboration with the Ferrari Club of France.

Among the drivers was Formula 1 and Indy Car former driver Sebastien Bourdais, which actually was born in the French city of Le Mans. Bourdais was one of the three French riders: Olivier Pla and young Jules Gounon. Gounon being driver for Risi Competizione even during Le Mans 2019.

P4 at Le Mans 24 hours was a bittersweet result for Team Risi

During the first half of the race Ferrari #82 performed pretty well, undisturbed, till a problem to the front shock absorber at the 13th hour forced Sebastien Bourdais to make an unplanned pit stop. Add this to the regular pit stop for wheel changing and the team lost precious seconds entering the competition in P6. The rest of the race was uneventful but Risi Competizione didn't manage to fight for the podium, finishing the race in P4. 

Le Mans 2020 podium of the LGTME Pro category went to the Aston Martin of Maxime-Lynn-Tincknell followed by AF Corse's Ferrari of Pierguidi-Calado-Serra and the other Aston Martin team led by Thiim-Sorensen-Westbrook.

Commento Rick Mayer, Risi Competizione Race Engineer

“It was a tough race and we started on the back foot from the beginning. We came into a shortened event with a lot of new equipment and new drivers. We got up to speed pretty well on the abbreviated test days. We were fairly decent in the race. All the drivers did a fantastic job and were up to speed. We had some issues with some components that put us back in the garage. We got hurt by pretty much all the slow zones and safety cars and when you have that you go backwards. We could never make it up. Hopefully next year we can come back and attack it at a different angle.”

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