Alton, 23 August – On the heels of a victory at Road America, Risi Competizione continued to show Ferrari’s competitiveness as Pierre Kaffer secured pole position in the GT-Le Mans class for tomorrow’s United SportsCar Championship’s Oak Tree Grand Prix at the wheel of the no. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia.
The Risi Competizione team has been a force in the GT-Le Mans class over the past three races, with a pole position and podium finish at Indianapolis, a victory at Road America, and now another pole position at Virginia International Raceway. Kaffer’s qualifying performance also established a new GT-Le Mans track record at the circuit, netting another milestone for Ferrari North America’s 60th Aniversary celebration.
With the GT-Le Mans and GT-Daytona classes competing in a standalone race at tomorrow’s Oak Tree Grand Prix, the Risi Competizione Ferrari will lead the field to the green flag from the overall pole position.
“This car today was one of the best I’ve ever had in my hands – it was perfect”, said Kaffer. “I really enjoyed qualifying and so I’ve got a big thank you to say to my boys, to Ferrari and to Giuseppe Risi for giving us the opportunity. We are looking forward to tomorrow and going for the overall victory”.
In the GT-Daytona class, the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia, driven by Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Wastphal, qualified in ninth position with the championship leading no. 555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia of Twonsend Bell and Bill Sweedler in 11th place.
The GT-Le Mans and GT-Daytona race at the Oak Tree Grand Prix will be shown on Sunday, August 24 at 4:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.