United SportsCar Championship – First podium of the season for Ferrari and Risi Competizione

United SportsCar Championship – First podium of the season for Ferrari and Risi Competizione

Laguna Seca, 5 April - The pair of United SportsCar Championship races on Sunday at Laguna Seca witnessed strong performances by the teams driving the Ferrari 458 Italia. The day's second race, which featured the Prototype and GT-Le Mans classes, saw the no. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia finish a fighting third position.

Drivers Pierre Kaffer and Giancarlo Fisichella started from the back of the field after changing tires after qualifying, negating their qualifying time. Kaffer made several positions during the opening stint, and strategy by the Risi Competizione team allowed Fisichella to lead the race in the second hour. Although he was forced off track in two instances in the closing stages of the race, Fisichella finished the race in third position behind Magnussen and Garcia's Chevrolet and Priaulx and Auberlen's BMW. The overall race was won by Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek in the HPD.

For Giuseppe Risi's team, which has endured a challenging start to the championship season, it was the strongest result of the year. Finishing in 11th position was the no. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 Italia which was driven by Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson.

The race for the Prototype Challenge and GT-Daytona class saw a challenging day for the Ferrari's teams. The no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia of Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Westphal finished in seventh position, with the no. 64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia of Stefan Johansson and Kyle Marcelli finishing in tenth position. Daytona 24 Hours winners Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler finished in fourteenth position in the no. 555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia. The GTD race went to Dane Cameron and Markus Palttala in the BMW. The overall race was won by Mirco Schultis and Renger Andriaan Van der Zande on an Oreca FLM09.

Over seventy guests of Ferrari Silicon Valley attended the event, enjoying hospitality provided by Scuderia Corsa. Ferrari Silicon Valley is located a short drive from Laguna Seca.

The next event for the United SportsCar Championship will be May 30-31 at The Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan.

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