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03/10/2008 - AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES ROUND 11 PETIT LE MANS - ROAD ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Risi Ferrari & pilotes

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the blue riband Petit Le Mans race not only features an increased car count due to its prestige, but also offers a bumper crop of points to regular American Le Mans Series competitors. While Risi Competizione is not challenging for any championship titles, it is currently lying third in the GT2 Teams' standings and success in Georgia would also have a huge impact for Ferrari on the coveted Manufacturers' Championship.

Amongst the line up for the #61 Ferrari F430 GT, which will be racing in the familiar Krohn green colors, is Belgian Eric van de Poele – the winner of the inaugural Petit Le Mans in 1998, in a Doyle Risi Ferrari 333SP. His experience will add to the already considerable bank of knowledge that his team mates, Tracy W Krohn and Nic Jönsson, have as their Krohn Racing Grand Am team operates from Road Atlanta premises and the track is well known to them.

“I'm very happy to be back with the same team and with a Ferrari after winning the first edition of the Petit Le Mans,” says Eric van de Poele, a five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Spa. “It is not the same category, of course, but to reach the end of such a hard race is always a fantastic performance for all of the team. If there is a victory at the end, you cannot believe how much joy a driver can feel on the podium. So, yes, I am looking forward and I will do the best possible to achieve a good result that Risi Competizione deserves so much. We will not be the lead car, but we will try to assist them the most and if a problem should come to them, we are going to be right there too.”

The tenth round of the American Le Mans Series will be Petit Le Mans on Saturday, October 4 at Road Atlanta, Georgia. The ten hour or 1000 mile race (whichever comes first) will start at 11:15 a.m. ET with SPEED televising the race live from 11:00am ET, coverage from 11:00am - 3:30pm and 6:30pm - 10:00pm ET. International : MotorsTV - Live on Saturday, 4th October from 4:00pm-2:30am (UK); 5:00pm-3:30am CET3:00p.m. Live radio coverage will be available from American Le Mans Radio at americanlemans.com, which also will feature IMSA's Live Timing & Scoring.

For further media details contact Fiona Miller at fmiller@risicompetizione.com or call 1-863-202-6942

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