At the halfway point of this year’s 59th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM holds fourth place in the GTLM class. Temperatures have gotten colder and teams continue to work to manage tires and traffic.
Alessandro Pier Guidi was driving his second stint of the race at last six-hour mark and was in third position in the GTLM class before pitting on Lap 193 to turn the Ferrari 488 GTE to teammate James Calado at the 6hr12min mark. A standard fuel, tires and driver change pit stop was performed by the Risi crew. Within 16 laps Calado was pitting under caution for a top up on fuel and fresh tires. Although he exited the pits in P5 in the GTLM class, he continued to climb the timing charts and was soon leading the GTLM class. Calado pitted on Lap 239 at about 8hr40 minutes into the 24-hour race while leading to hand the car over to Italian Davide Rigon.
Rigon drove a clean double stint with no issues for nearly one hour and 20 minutes, relinquishing the driver role to Frenchman Jules Gounon at 1:07 a.m. EDT in third position in GTLM.
At the 10-hour mark, Gounon continued to make his way around the 3.56-mile circuit in third place in class and 15th overall. Gounon’s lengthy night stint continued through the 12-hour mark, where he completed laps around the Daytona International Speedway and stayed in third or fourth positions as he pitted for tires and fuel a couple of times. Alessandro Pier Guidi is up next and due in soon after the halfway point.
Alessandro Pier Guidi, driver No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM:
“The car is good. The track conditions are changing and the temperature is getting colder. We continue to manage the tires and watch out for traffic. We just keep fighting for position.”
Davide Rigon, driver No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM:
“The car is very, very good. Now there is a bit more grip on track actually for everybody and for now we are back in our position, I want to say. We’re P3 and slowly, slowly catching the Corvette, but we don’t want to risk too much with the traffic. Now is the key to risk or not risk with the traffic. When we are clear, we seem to be slightly faster, but by only one or two tenths than the Corvette. We need to avoid any risk or contact because it’s very easy with the LMP3 cars slower than us in the corners, so we need to concentrate and not make any mistakes.”
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