The No. 61 Risi-Krohn Ferrari 430 GT2 started today's 12 Hours of Sebring from the rear of the field, in the 31st position and 9th in the GT2 class, after the team changed all four tires following a brief spin in Friday's qualifying session.
The No. 61 Risi-Krohn Ferrari 430 GT2 started today's 12 Hours of Sebring from the rear of the field, in the 31st position and 9th in the GT2 class, after the team changed all four tires following a brief spin in Friday's qualifying session. Starting driver Nic J0x00f6nsson quickly moved through the field and was in the 17th position overall and eighth in class by the first caution on Lap 29. J0x00f6nsson drove a double stint before relinquishing the car to Tracy W. Krohn on Lap 56 and just over two hours in to the race. Tracy completed a single stint before turning the "Krohn green" Prancing Horse over to Eric van de Poele on lap 87 at 1:45 p.m.
Van de Poele drove for one hour and 45-minutes before J0x00f6nsson took back over the reins at nearly 3:30 p.m., expecting to pull another double-stint driving duty. All the pit stops have been for fuel, tires and planned driver changes so far. On occasional misfire has the F430 down on power slightly and the drivers are trying different mixtures to keep it subdued.
TRACY W. KROHN, Team Owner/Driver, No. 61 Risi-Krohn Ferrari 430:
"My stint was not difficult. The only difficult part about it was the car got a little bit of oversteer about a third into the stint. it was almost a little past entry to exit on all of the slow speed parts and mid-speed turns, like 13 and 10. But other than that the car was good, the brakes were good. The car wasn't doing anything unusual. The track has warmed up a great deal since earlier in the week and we haven't experienced this kind of track temp all week. It caught me out a little bit and I know it caught some other people out. Several times at turn 17, the guys were going really wide there and I saw one go into the wall. Other than that, one of the Corvettes at Turn 14 on the last lap before I came in, it looks like it was throwing oil out so I slowed way down to make sure I didn't go in the wall there. It was pretty uneventful though. The GTCs are pretty much in the way, taking the middle of the road and blocking quite a bit. That was a little bit annoying but other than that it was fine and really good."
NIC JONSSON, Driver, No. 61 Risi-Krohn Ferrari 430:
"In the very beginning it was a little crowded because we had to start from the back. I worked my way through the GTCs. It was a little work to get through them. As soon as I got through those guys and a couple of GT2 cars, we settled in to a pace and it went pretty good. We're running, I think, we're on the Top 5-7 pace, which I'm very pleased with. I tried to just get into a rhythm. We'll see what we have at the ninth or tenth hour into the race."
ERIC VAN DE POELE, Driver, No. 61 Risi-Krohn Ferrari 430:
"From the chassis point-of-view it was good. I had no problem. I had harder tires on my second stint so I had a little bit less grip but the balance was good. The only problem is a little misfire with the engine, which we had earlier in the week during the practice. So we lose a little bit of power and have to drive with a little richer mix. But we will just continue on a see if we can have a good result."
-source: krohn racing