Road Atlanta: Krohn Racing/Risi race report

Risi-Krohn Ferrari Post-Race Report from Petit Le Mans The Risi-Krohn Ferrari 430 GT of Krohn Racing team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and co-drivers Nic Jönsson and Darren Turner retired with an oil pump issue nearly eight and one-half hours...

Risi-Krohn Ferrari Post-Race Report from Petit Le Mans

The Risi-Krohn Ferrari 430 GT of Krohn Racing team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and co-drivers Nic Jönsson and Darren Turner retired with an oil pump issue nearly eight and one-half hours into the 1,000-kilometer/nine hour and twenty minute 10th Annual Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta this Saturday, October 6th.

The No. 62 Risi-Krohn Ferrari team qualified 10th in the GT2 class and 29th overall and finished eighth in class and 23rd overall. The 2007 running of the Petit Le Mans race was won overall by the No. 1 Audi R10 of Allan McNish and Dindo Capello. GT2 class winners were No. 45 Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 of Johannes van Overbeek, Jörg Bermeister and Marc Lieb.

Tracy W. Krohn, owner of Krohn Racing, driver of the No. 61 Risi-Krohn Ferrari 430 GT:
"A scavenger pump took us out of competition at the end. Darren did a great job before we retired. As the track cooled, it got much faster and showed he knew what he was doing. I ran some 22's (one minute, twenty-two second laps) very consistently. Overall, not one of our stellar days, but there's one more race in this season and then we'll be back next year."

Nic Jönsson, driver of the No. 61 Risi-Krohn Ferrari 430 GT:
"Obviously, it was a very tough day. We started out pretty good. We moved up from tenth to fifth. Then, unfortunately, we had contact at Turn One. We spun out and then everything started downhill from there. Tracy had an off, we broke a brake duct and that haunted us much of the day. We were basically dragging a left-hand brake and couldn't really go fast enough on the straightaway and started losing time there. We decided to settle in and tried to take a sixth place finish. We were running, I think, 10 laps ahead of seventh place and six laps behind fifth place, so it was up to us to settle in to that position. But unfortunately, we had an issue at the end there. Tough day for our car, for the Risi Competizione team altogether and even Ferrari. We hope to go to Laguna and claim a good result there."

Darren Turner, driver of the No. 61 Risi-Krohn Ferrari 430 GT:
"My last stint was very good. It was the first time I ran on new medium tires all around. Obviously the track was getting better as the temperatures dropped. I really enjoyed driving the car. I got caught up a few times with prototypes, but otherwise tried to stay happily in the groove and knocking the laps out at the end of the race. Unfortunately, the oil pressure alarm came on. We came back (to the pits) and the guys obviously tried their best to get the car back out there, but it's not something they can fix quickly. They retired the car, which was a great shame, but I've really enjoyed the race."

Mark Schomann, Krohn/Risi Ferrari No. 61 Race Engineer:
"I definitely feel all the Ferraris had a rough go today, especially the No. 62 car, because it could have buttoned up the championship for Ferrari. Now it will go right down to the last race of the year, which will keep the excitement level up. For the series, that will be good.

We had our troubles early on so we knew it was only going to be a longevity issue, rather a speed issue. Ultimately, it doesn't seem like it was a driver's problem at all as to why we stopped, nor the crew. We had a problem with the motor, which can happen at any time. We don't have many engine troubles, so it's hard to even get upset about that. Overall I think everybody did a great job. The car kept soldiering on, which is really the name of the game here. The only issue was the Porsches kept soldiering on faster. I really enjoyed working with everyone. Hopefully we'll have a better result at Laguna."

-credit: rc/kr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Nic Jönsson
Teams Krohn Racing , Risi Competizione