RISI COMPETIZIONE COMPLETE FULL PROGRAMME AT LE MANS TEST DAY In the only official test session to be held at the Le Mans circuit in France before the 24 Hour race in 13 days time, the Risi Competizione team today ran through a full and thorough...
RISI COMPETIZIONE COMPLETE FULL PROGRAMME AT LE MANS TEST DAY
In the only official test session to be held at the Le Mans circuit in France before the 24 Hour race in 13 days time, the Risi Competizione team today ran through a full and thorough test program and pronounced itself very satisfied with the way in which the day had gone.
The two Ferrari 430 GT2 cars being campaigned by 2006 American Le Mans Series GT2 Champions were driven by all six drivers and a programme including tire evaluation, fuel economy runs and chassis set up was methodically worked through by both cars. The only minor problem was a suspected fuel pick-up issue which befell the #97 car in the last of the eight hours of track time. This came soon after Jaime Melo had posted a series of laps which were progressively quicker and quicker, taking him ever closer to the top of the GT2 class time sheets.
Melo's time of 4:03.422 put the red Risi Competizione car in 4th place while Jonsson's best time of 4:07.529 placed the Krohn green car 7th in the GT2 category. Eighteen-year-old Colin Braun was making his debut at the famous La Sarthe track -- the only one of the six drivers not to have driven at Le Mans before, and he sported a wide grin after completing his mandatory ten timed laps.
Risi Competizione Team Manager, Dave Sims, said afterwards. "I'm very pleased with the way things have gone overall. We achieved what we set out to do regarding race set up, brake pad wear, full tank runs, and seeing what tire combinations we would like to use. We've still got a bit to do on the Wednesday (June 13th, the first of the two pre-race practice/qualifying sessions), but we're confident and very happy with both cars."
Colin Braun: "It was a lot of fun. This track is a difficult place to learn but a lot of fun, and with a lot of character to it so it was neat to do the 20 or so laps that I did. I really enjoyed the day and we Krohn Racing drivers worked well with our engineer, Mark Schomann, to get the car running pretty good. I'm excited about our chances for the race. Tracy has done a great job and was running some good lap times so we're going to have a good shot."
Nic Jonsson: "I'm very pleased. I talked before the session with Mark, our engineer, about race set up and we've been running full tanks all day and trying different tire combinations so things are good. I know we're 7th in the middle of the field, but if we go out with low tanks and new tires I'm sure we'd be in the top three or four. For Colin, who's here for the very first time, it's been great and he's been getting up to speed well. For Tracy it's been fantastic -- he's about 6 seconds a lap faster this year than last -- so if we can continue like this and stay out of trouble in the race we'll be in good shape."
Tracy Krohn: "Today was a great day. I'm definitely much quicker than I was last year and the car is going well. I don't think we had the right tires on it in the last stint there, but I'm very pleased and looking forward to next week."
Jaime Melo: "To be honest I'm not completely happy because I think we have to fix some small problems we had to get more confidence with the car, especially at the rear. But anyway, we are going in the right direction and we need just to try to find a solution for these problems and for sure we can go quicker and be more consistent for the race."
Johnny Mowlem: "I'm absolutely delighted the team has got the car going so well. From a personal point of view I'm really pleased with the way I felt in the car, and I'm very comfortable with the lap times I was doing given the tires and fuel loads. I think the car is in really good shape and we are looking good for the race."
Mika Salo: "I did most of my laps this morning when the track was still a bit dirty but we got things going in the right direction for set up so I think that important. It didn't feel like it was four years ago since I was last here which I guess means that I didn't forget too much as far as track layout is concerned."