No. 82 FERRARI RETIRED; No. 83 RUNNING WELL The No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GTC will have no opportunity in 2010 to challenge for a third consecutive GT2 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans; the car has been retired in the 10th hour...
No. 82 FERRARI RETIRED; No. 83 RUNNING WELL
The No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GTC will have no opportunity in 2010 to challenge for a third consecutive GT2 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans; the car has been retired in the 10th hour of the race due to gear selection problems.
The retirement is a bitter blow for the team after an intense and exciting battle with the two factory Corvettes in the first quarter of the race. Nose-to-tail racing between all three cars provided heightened interest in the GT2 category, with Pierre Kaffer and Jaime Melo both having hard, but fair, battles on track with Emmanuel Collard and Oliver Gavin.
At 2238 hrs Melo reported gear selection issues and soon after made the first of three visits to the pits to try and locate the source of the problem. Despite fevered work by the Risi pit crew -- all working seamlessly under pressure and scrutiny, the issue recurred when Gianmaria Bruni returned to the track and the decision was made to official retire the car at 0100 hrs.
The No. 83 sister Ferrari 430 of the Risi Krohn crew is now running well, with Nic Jonsson having completed the first triple stint of the race. He said afterwards:
"My first five or six laps were great at the start of the race but then we lost all grip front and rear. We worked on this together with Tracy and Eric, making some small set up changes and tire pressure changes, and the car got pretty good. I've just finished a triple stint now and was doing low 4:03s and 04s and it's going well. I'm looking forward to going through the night now and trying to gain some positions."
A further bulletin will be issued at 0600 hrs.