Sunday, 17 June 2012 11:05

Krohn Racing 6 Hour Report - 24 Hours of Le Mans

The No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 started from the 52nd position overall in Saturday's start of the 80th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race in Le Mans, France. At the 6-hour mark, Nic Jönsson was behind the wheel and in fifth place in class and 39th overall after a steady climb during the opening hours of the race.

Michele Rugolo was the starting driver and completed a steady double stint drive of two hours with just a scheduled pit stop before turning the 465-horsepower Ferrari over to team owner and co-driver Tracy Krohn at the 5:00 pm mark. Krohn also had a smooth, trouble-free double stint with a single scheduled fuel stop before he reached his two hour mark and gave the wheel of the Ferrari to Nic Jönsson. During Jönsson's second stint an extended caution period took place, which kept him in the driver's seat past the six hour mark.


MICHELE RUGOLO, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 GTE-Am:
"I started with the super soft tires because it looked like the track was still a bit wet. The weather was very cold at the beginning of the race. After the race start, the temperatures immediately started to go up. I think the super soft tires weren't the right tires for that time of day. After the first pit stop, we put the medium tires on and it was pretty ok but there was a tire losing pressure so we had to do one extra stop to put on another set of tires...the soft ones. The balance was pretty good but not as good as medium tires, but not bad. The car was pretty consistent but a little understeering, although easy to drive and manage with the rear very stable. The race is very long still. We are just on the first little part of the race."

TRACY W. KROHN, Krohn Racing Team Owner/Driver, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 GTE-Am:
"The car had a lot of push in it at high speed and a little at low speed, particularly around the Porsche Curves at high speed. There was very little drama during my double stint. The 'P' cars are pretty well behaved. Nobody is trying to be a hero out there right now. It was fun and easy. The weather was perfect. You could feel the wind going up the Mulsanne as you went across the breaks in the trees that move the car a little. That made it interesting. I'm pretty sure we'd go a lot faster if we had better tires right now. We are triple stinting the tires so Nic is now using the tires I used for my entire stint, so it's not like you can't drive around it. You just can't do an optimal lap."

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