Circuit de la Sarthe
Krohn Racing - 24 Hours of Le Mans
6 Hour Report
Team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn was the starting driver of his No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 430 GTE-Am in the 79th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. At the six hour mark the No. 57 entry had moved up from the seventh starting position to third in the GTE-Am class.
During the first six hours, Krohn drove a single stint and Nic Jönsson and Michele Rugolo both drove double stints in that order. Jönsson brought the car from the eighth position to fifth. Michele was then able to advance the Prancing Horse to first in class on Lap 60 and led for four laps before turning the wheel back over to team owner/driver Krohn. Krohn was able to advance from P5 to P3 in class at the six hour mark. Jönsson had a brief run through the gravel at Indianapolis turn when a prototype offset the air flow on the car during a pass, forcing him into the gravel. No damage was done to the Ferrari.
Tracy Krohn, owner/ driver No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 430 GTE-AM:
Regarding his first stint:
“The start wasn’t as great as I’d hoped. Just as we came around the last Ford chicane, one of the Ferrari’s in front of me just completely crapped out, turned right into the pit lane and off the course. I don’t know what happened but he just completely messed up my start so I lost a lot of time there. Other than that everything went fine. It was pretty uneventful. No issues. The car was okay. It had a little bit of handling issue towards the latter part of the stint. Other than that it was okay.”
Nic Jönsson, driver No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 430 GTE-AM:
Regarding how the car felt during his double stint:
“We have been trying to double stint the tires. Now going into the later hours we think the track might start getting too cold for double stinting the tires. My set really starting picking up quite a bit of push towards the second third of my last stint.”
Regarding what happened when he went off track:
“Going into Indianapolis corner, I think one of the prototypes, the Aston-Martin that came by me, just dove inside going into the fast corner of Indianapolis and just completely took all the air off the front of my car and I picked up a huge push and locked up the brakes and went straight. Instead of trying to throw the car into the corner or do something that would potentially jeopardize the car, I just decided to steer easily into the gravel and drive around the curb and come back out on track. I lost about 10 seconds that lap but I didn’t touch anything. We carried on for another five or six laps. The car felt good and I handed it over to Michele who is out there doing a double stint and he’ll try to gain some positions back. I think the guys running in front of us (in class) have had the quick guys in first so I think we should get some time back here in the next couple of hours. We’ll just keep running through the night and see where we are when the morning hours come around and go from there and start pushing.”
We’ll just keep running through the night and see where we are when the morning hours come around and go from there and start pushing.
Michele Rugolo, driver No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 430 GTE-AM:
Regarding how the car felt:
“We tried a different set of tire compound to understand if it was possible to do a double stint. When it was still warmer than it will be in the night and we didn’t know it would work but the car was perfect. I didn’t push that much. The tires were capable to do a double stint, maybe a triple stint at night so that is not a big issue. I tried not to do any mistakes and did not do any mistakes and put the car to first position so it was pretty good. I think I was very consistent. The car was not so difficult to drive. It’s a little bit understeering but no problem.
Our laps are not very fast but just because we don’t cut the curbs much like many of the other drivers do. I think because it is a 24 hour race and very long we think this kind of pace is going to be okay for us for tomorrow.”
Krohn Racing Suite Hosts Celebrity Visitors
The Krohn Racing suite at the Le Mans circuit hosted a very special visitor Saturday morning during the Le Mans Legends historic race. Sir Sterling Moss watched the race from the suite to cheer on his teammate, Ian Nuthall, driving a Porsche RS61. The 82-year-old Moss, considered by many to be one of the greatest racing drivers in the world, competed in the same car on Friday in his final race. He announced at Le Mans the previous day that it would be his final race as a driver.
On Friday the Krohn Racing suite hosted American celebrity/actor Patrick Dempsey, star of the “Grey’s Anatomy” TV show. Dempsey, who is also a race car driver, drove a few demonstration laps on the Circuit de la Sarthe in the Mazda 787B that won the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hour race.
-source: krohn racing