Krohn Racing scores another podium at 6 Hours of Fuji

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The Krohn Racing Team scored another podium finish today in the GTE-Am class at the 6 Hours of Fuji race at the Fuji International Speedway with a four-pit stop strategy.

Qualifying driver Michele Rugolo started the No. 57 Krohn Ferrari from the second position in class and 23rd overall.

#57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 Italia: Nic Jonsson, Tracy Krohn, Michele Rugolo
#57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 Italia: Nic Jonsson, Tracy Krohn, Michele Rugolo

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He was able to become the class leader before his first pit stop to turn the reigns over to team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn, who maintained a solid second in class drive.

Rugolo drove the middle stint and then gave the Ferrari to Nic Jönsson before the four-hour mark to finish the race.

The Fuji race was the penultimate round of the 8-race 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Krohn Racing moved back into third place in the FIA Endurance Trophy for GTE-Am Team championship, but without a mathematical chance to win the class with a single event left on the schedule.

TRACY W. KROHN, Krohn Racing Team Owner/Driver, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 GTE-Am: “We’re getting closer to the top step. It was really a good day actually.

Pit stops were very good. Michele and Nic were outstanding. I managed to hang in there and get one good stint, albeit a long stint.

We did try a four pit stop strategy but just fell a little bit short at the end. We are going to walk away with a little crystal (trophies) this time and go to China and win.”

NIC JONSSON, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 GTE-Am: “Obviously it is a great result for us to be second but it’s a little bit disappointing. I was hoping for a win here today.

We had a very good car, the best car. For some reason we got a lap behind in the middle of the race. I can’t quite figure out how but it was a good race and a good result for Krohn Racing.

The crew guys did a phenomenal job as they always do and gave us a great car. Now we just have to move on to China and try to get that win this year because it is unacceptable to not have a win in 2012.

Hopefully we can go there and wrap a win up there for us.”

MICHELE RUGOLO, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 GTE-Am: “Second is better than third but worse than first. It was a good weekend and a good race. We have not had many mistakes.

The guys doing the pit stops have been perfect. I just think the Corvette was a bit quicker today. In Bahrain we were much quicker than them; today they were just a bit quicker than us and also they were very balanced with all three drivers.

We have done our best, I think, for today. This is the way we need to do all of the championship. We should finish all the races in this position and you can fight for the championship. This year we’ve been very lucky and not been able to do that every race.”

DAVID BROWN, Krohn Racing Team Manager/Race Engineer: “We finished second, which was an improvement over the last race where we finished third. The car was quite quick. The team did, again, a perfect job in the pits.

We played our strategy out which seemed to work. The Michelin tires performed excellently. We had a few spots of rain but nothing to concern anybody too much. We are going to go and win the last bloody race of the year at Shanghai!”

The next and final round of the 2012 WEC will be the 6 Hours of Shanghai, Saturday, October 28 at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China.

Source: Krohn Racing

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