RISI COMPETIZIONE REPORT AFTER SIX HOURS All six drivers within the Risi Competizione/Krohn Racing team have now cycled through the car twice and successfully completed their first racing laps of the 2009 American Le Mans Series season. Both...
RISI COMPETIZIONE REPORT AFTER SIX HOURS
All six drivers within the Risi Competizione/Krohn Racing team have now cycled through the car twice and successfully completed their first racing laps of the 2009 American Le Mans Series season. Both cars have run without problems and are currently holding 1st and 4th positions in the GT2 class. The #62 car took the lead just under the two hour mark and has not relinquished it since, while the #61 has made a steady climb through the field to its current place.
Mika Salo made the start of the 57th running of the Twelve Hours of Sebring from 10th position on the grid. As team mate Jaime Melo was unable to arrive at the track until Friday and therefore missed the mandatory night practice laps, the team elected to lose its qualifying position and have the option of running all three drivers during the hours of darkness. If they had retained grid position, Melo would not have been permitted to run at night.
Mika Salo: "The beginning was okay although it was a long way to the front, getting past the slower cars. By the time I got past them -- cars like the Viper and the Corvette are very fast in the straight line which makes them harder to get by -- the two Porsches were quite a long way ahead. Our Ferrari feels really good, and the track is getting grippier and grippier as the race goes on. I've also changed my driving style a bit -- I learnt something during my last stint which made me nearly a second a lap quicker."
Jaime Melo: "I was driving like a girl! After the [first] yellow flag period we put medium compound tires on all round and it suited my style of driving much more. The car was very consistent and good, and it was a good stint once I'd got past a few of the other GT2 cars."
Tracy W. Krohn: "So far the car has been very good. We had a couple little tire issues guessing which compounds to use. Other than that the car is really well balanced. Everyone has been in the proper mindset for the endurance race. Our goal is to keep this car going to the end and staying on the track."
Nic Jonsson: "Again, I think Risi Competizione/Krohn Racing have done a great job preparing the Ferrari 430 GT car for us. We're running a very steady pace out there. I think we're running around fifth place. The car is very good. The tires seem to hold up decent. Of course, towards the end of the stint the wear starts going off a little bit so you have to pace a little bit in the middle of a stint. Everything is going smooth. The pit stops have been smooth so far. Tracy and Eric did a great job. I think if we just continue to doing this hopefully some people will make some mistakes and we'll take advantage of attrition. Hopefully we can have a very good finish."