#82 HOLD GT2 LEAD INTO HALF DISTANCE
Both Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT2 entries are running strongly at half distance, with the #82 continuing to hold a class lead claimed in the sixth hour of the race.
Jaime Melo, Pierre Kaffer and Mika Salo have all triple stinted, changing their Michelin tires at every second stop, and have run without any mechanical problems or worries.
Nic Jonsson and Eric van de Poele have completed triple stints and Tracy Krohn a double, and the drivers of the Krohn green car are all very happy with the progress of their race, lapping consistently and to their race pace, with only one unscheduled pit stop after a spin by the Belgian veteran.
"Well it all seems to be going okay at the moment. Lots of our competitors have had problems but we've got our own race plan and we're doing well on that. Both Eric and Tracy have run at night now and that all went well and I'm going to be going in as it goes from night to dawn which can be challenging but I'm looking forward to it".
"It was okay! At the beginning of the stint I needed to take my time, because I did not want to crash the car, to take the measurements of distance between the LMP cars and me in the dark. I had to figure out which cars were which and how quickly the Peugeot, for example, would pass me. After a couple of laps I got into the rhythm and it was okay. I have to say the car was perfect, the guys did a great job, and the gearbox is very light [easy to use]. I had big understeer at the beginning but it's much better now, especially in the Porsche Curves so we can lap fast and stay safe."