The Risi Competizione is facing a tough fight back into GT2 honors contention for the remainder of the 24 Hours of Le Mans after an accident sidelined the class-leading ...
The Risi Competizione is facing a tough fight back into GT2 honors contention for the remainder of the 24 Hours of Le Mans after an accident sidelined the class-leading #97 car for 42 minutes in the pits.
At 0610 hrs, just one minute shy of having been at the top of the GT2 leader board for 11 hours, Jaime Melo hit oil on the Mulsanne straight and spun into the barriers. He successfully managed to bring the car back to the pits, but the resulting replacement of the radiator, nose, splitter and front bumper meant that the team re-joined the race 9 laps down on the new leader, the Ferrari 430 GT of Scuderia Ecosse.
Mika Salo took the car back into the race but soon had to return to the pits after a temperature alarm and ill-handling caused concern and needed addressing.
At approximately the same time as this was happening, the #99 Risi Competizione entry, with Krohn's Colin Braun at the wheel, had to pit for attention to the rear of the car. Colin reported that "I cut both chicanes" and it is thought that contact must have been made with a barrier or another car because the exhausts and rear of the car were loose and off center. They were repaired and the 18-year-old re-joined the race without losing too much time. It is currently 4th in class.
The next Risi Competizione race bulletin will be issued at 1000 hrs (Sunday, 17 June).