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13/06/2010 - Le Mans 2010 ...

2010 - Le Mans team mates

There was to be no repeat of the fairy tale finish experienced by Risi Competizione at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the last two years, as both cars were retired from the race by the 16th hour. It also brings to an end the wonderful run of six GT2 endurance victories enjoyed by the Houston-based privateer team since June 2008.When the No.83 Krohn Racing Risi Ferrari entered the pits at 0613 hrs this morning with smoke coming from the rear, there were glum faces all round as the engine problem proved to be terminal. It is the first time since the team has been racing the storied, and extremely successful Ferrari F430 GTC that neither car has made it to the checkered flag at the French classic.With the No. 82 car already parked up in the pits due to gear selection issues (officially retired at 0100 hrs), all hopes were being pinned on the familiar green and blue liveried Ferrari which has achieved two GT2 podium finishes in the last four years. Nic Jönsson was at the wheel of the Ferrari and explained what happened: “I was coming into the second chicane on the Mulsanne and the engine stumbled; it felt like there was fuel starvation. Then there was a big puff of smoke in the back and the crank case pressure dropped. There wasn?t any warning or temperature change or anything.”Since overcoming a persistent understeer problem early in the race, the No. 83 Risi car was making steady progress and all three drivers had driven without any issues during the night and early morning. It was a hugely disappointing end to the team?s troubled weekend.

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