|Circuit||Raod Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
|Distance||1.610,223 km / 1.000,760 miles|
|458 Italia GT||F 142 GT xxxx||Team West/ AJR/ Boardwalk Ferrari||18. overall / 9. in class GT|
|458 Italia GT||F 142 GT xxxx||Risi Competizione||10. overall / 3. in class GT|
At Road Atlanta, the Risi Competizione 458 GT ended the American Le Mans Series with a good third place. On Friday, Matteo Malucelli had taken pole position, the second of this his maiden season in the series and yesterday, the Italian drove the Ferrari to the third step of the podium along with Olivier Beretta and Robin Liddell in a race run in very changeable weather.
The Maranello car was alway up the front: a shame that Beretta went off the track almost at the eighth hour, which relegated the crew from first to fourth place, because of the pit stop required to change a rear view mirror. In a thrilling finish, Malucelli managed to overtake Martin’s BMW with just eight laps remaining, which thus gave Risi Competizione its seventh podium in ten years of the Petit Le Mans. The second Ferrari entered, by the West Boardwalk Ferrari team, finished ninth in class, crewed by Sweedler-Keen-Mowlem. The final classification sees Ferrari finish the season in fourth place in the Constructors’ on 122 points.
Maranello, 18 October – This weekend will see the last ever American Le Mans Series race held as Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Saturday. Although the legendary 1000km race will live on, it will become the finale of the all new United SportsCar Championship in 2014.
With this longer race format both Ferrari teams have made additions to their regular line ups. Risi Competizione, fresh from their first win at the Oak Tree Grand Prix are adding experienced GT racer Robin Liddell to their usual duo of Olivier Beretta and Matteo Malucelli.
Scotsman Liddell has extensive experience in the ALMS and Grand-Am series in the USA and has won at Daytona and Petit Le Mans. “Needless to say I’m thrilled to join the Risi team, especially as I’ve known so many of the guys there for so many years” said Liddell. ”The Ferrari has got to be one of the most attractive race cars ever and, coming off the back of the win at VIR, it’s a great opportunity for me to race with true contenders for victory.“
In the second Ferrari in the race from the Team West / AJR / Boardwalk Ferrari team are regular drivers Bill Sweedler and Leh Keen. They are joined for this event by ELMS GTE champion Johnny Mowlem, who is of course no stranger to the 458 Italia having taken the car to the car to a dominant championship win with the Ram Racing team.
The 1000km or 10 hour race (whichever is first) is flagged away at 11:30am local time on Saturday