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Risi Competitzione announces its Ferraris will not contest Sebring 12 Hours

Risi Ferrari, Sebring 2011The Risi Competitzione Ferrari team will miss this year's American Le Mans Series and World Endurance Championship opener at Sebring next month.

Team boss Giuseppe Risi said the double ALMS GT champion squad and three-time Sebring 12 Hours class winner had not been able to put a satisfactory programme together in time.

"Unfortunately the current economic climate has not allowed us to approach the 2012 season as we would have wished," Risi said.

"None of us want to go into an event such as Sebring feeling less than 100 per cent ready and prepared, and we aren't at that point.

"Risi Competizione, racing with Ferrari, has been a stalwart of the series for the last decade and we fully recognise the extremely high level of competition it supports. To race a Ferrari is to enter into a partnership with history and legend. The standards are so high that commitment must be total and complete.

"Risi Competizione knows better than many what it takes to win the 12 Hours of Sebring, and I feel that, right now, we wouldn't be representative of our best."

A statement from the team said the door was open to Risi rejoining the ALMS later in the season.

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