Mika Salo and Pierre Kaffer will drive a second Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT in next week’s American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. Salo – a Finn – and Kaffer – from Germany – will join regular pilots Jaime Melo and Gimmi Bruni who share the GT championship lead in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
Salo and Kaffer raced together for Risi in 2009 with Kaffer teaming with Melo for the full American Le Mans Series in the familiar red Ferrari. The Melo/Kaffer/Salo trio won each of the three biggest sports car races in the world – the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the Le Mans 24 Hours and Petit Le Mans all in the same year.
Salo won the 2007 GT2 championship with Melo as the duo took eight victories in 12 races. The Finn’s last full-season effort in the Series came in 2008 when he won with Melo at Mosport and Petit Le Mans in addition to a class triumph at Le Mans. His best Lime Rock finish was his most recent – third in 2008.
Kaffer is a two-time overall winner in the American Le Mans Series. He won for Audi at Sebring and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2004. He finished second last year with Melo in his lone Lime Rock appearance.
Kaffer, Salo and the rest of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón will travel to Lime Rock Park next week for the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. The fifth round of the 2010 season is a two-hour, 45-minute race set for 2:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 24 from Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. SPEED will air the race live at 2 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche – a production of Radio Show Limited – as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Visit the Series’ schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.
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