Krohn Racing Collects Another Podium Finish at the ILMC 6 Hours of Zhuhai
Krohn Racing, based in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, traveled halfway across the world for this weekend’s 6 Hours of Zhuhai Intercontinental Le Mans Cup Series race and captured another podium finish in the GTE-Am class. The green-and-blue Ferrari 430 GTE team was hoping to collect the runner-up position in the GTE-Am championship in the global series and accomplished that goal with a third-place finish on the unique 4.3-kilometer southern China circuit.
The Krohn Racing team, with owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn, and co-drivers Nic Jönsson and Michele Rugolo, started from the third position in the GTE-Am class and 22nd overall with starting driver Tracy Krohn at the wheel. The 6 Hours of Zhuhai was the final round of the 7-race 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup series.
In addition to finishing second in class, the Krohn Racing team also helped Ferrari win the GTE Manufacturer’s Championship with 171 points over BMW’s 152 points.
TRACY W. KROHN, Krohn Racing Team Owner/Driver, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 430 GTE-Am:
“The results are not as good as it could have been but it’s pretty darn good. We were P-2 (second place) overall for the year and a podium finish here at Zhuhai. It’s a long way to go not to have a podium. We really hoped we were going to win this race but, unfortunately, we had to do a brake change in the middle of it. We also had some fortunate luck in being able to double stint some tires. Nic drove a hard race and did a really good job and Michele did a good job. We needed to finish third in the race to be second in the championship so that’s really good.”
NIC JONSSON, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 430 GTE-Am:
“It’s good to finish on the podium at the last race of the season and finish second in the championship. It’s still disappointing to not win the championship because we’ve had the car to beat all year. Unfortunately, Le Mans gives you double points and that’s the event that decided the championship this year. That’s a disappointment but otherwise we got a third place finish today and the Krohn Racing guys have done a phenomenal job again to put the car together for us and give us a good set-up. Both Tracy and Michele did a good job and gave me a chance to finish it off to get the second place in the championship. So it feels good to go home, recharge batteries and come back strong next year and try to win the championship.”
MICHELE RUGOLO, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 430 GTE-Am:
“We had a good result today at Zhuhai. We could have done even better but we had very unusual brake consumption. We were the only car that had to change the brakes after three hours. Otherwise the car was very quick and very consistent. We could double stint the Dunlop medium tires two times, even when the weather was much warmer. That meant we were not aggressive at all on the tires but the car was really quick anyway. I think it has been a great season. We finished second in the championship, which is a very good result. We won two of the three most important endurance races in the world (Sebring and Petit Le Mans). We are still thinking that we could have won Le Mans but in races sometimes you are lucky and sometimes a little bit less. In Petit Le Mans, we were slower compared to the 24 Hours of Le Mans but at Le Mans we didn’t finish the race and at Petit Le Mans we won. However, it was a great season. It was a pleasure to meet and work with all of the Krohn Racing staff. I hope to keep going with everyone at Krohn Racing next year.”
DAVID BROWN, Krohn Racing Team Manager/Race Engineer:
“We thoroughly enjoyed our time in China for the Zhuhai round of the ILMC. It’s been a good week. The car has been on the pace all week and the car was very good in the race. Yet again, the car is excellently prepared the whole season and we haven’t had any issues on the car itself. We had to change the brakes in the middle of the race today because we had very high brake wear. We may have been the only team that had to do that so we lost a bit of time. We finished third and we’ve really enjoyed our season and being awarded second in the championship.”
JEFF HAZELL, Krohn Racing Motorsports Manager:
“I think we had a remarkable season with no mechanical issues or pit stop problems. I feel with the two engine problems we had really set us back this year. Next year we hope to pursue the championship without those misfortunes. I think it’s a testament to the preparation and operation of the team that we ran so well for all of these international events.”