Porsche pulled its two North American CORE autosport-run Le Mans entries earlier this month, and some days later Corvette Racing adopted swimsuit, each outfits citing logistical and monetary difficulties arising from the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
Their withdrawals have decreased the scale of the GTE Pro entry to only seven automobiles for the the FIA World Endurance Championship showpiece occasion, which has been moved from its common June slot to September.
The class’s six common WEC automobiles – two every from Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin – will likely be supplemented by Risi’s lone Ferrari 488 GTE, the one consultant from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship within the class.
“We were happy to receive the acceptance of our entry for Le Mans once again this year as you can never take this for granted,” staff proprietor Giuseppe Risi mentioned. “The world bought slightly loopy in March so we simply sat again and waited to see what would occur.
“Le Mans is a vital race on the earth and the most important in sports activities automobile racing. Although another groups have pulled out this 12 months, we intend to race as deliberate.”
Risi has additionally clarified its driver line-up for the French basic, with previously-announced Ford Chip Ganassi Racing refugees Sebastien Bourdais and Olivier Pla being joined by Jules Gounon.
Factory Bentley driver Gounon made his Le Mans debut for Risi final 12 months alongside Pipo Derani and Oliver Jarvis, and likewise raced in IMSA’s Rolex 24 at Daytona curtain-raiser in January for Meyer Shank Racing in an Acura NSX GT3.
“Jules did a very good job final 12 months for us, so he was invited again to drive once more alongside his fellow Frenchmen,” mentioned Risi.
Gounon himself added: “I’m very completely happy to be again in Le Mans with the enduring Risi Competizione Ferrari staff. I realized rather a lot final 12 months throughout the entire occasion and I really feel greater than able to combat for a prime spot this 12 months.”