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09/06/2010 - LE MANS: WEDNESDAY PRACTICE AND FIRST QUALIFYING

2010 - Le Mans

Houston's Tracy Krohn and Incourt's Eric van de Poele watched his Krohn Racing colleague, Nic Jönsson, place the green and blue Ferrari in a very respectable 9th place on the provisional GT2 grid (behind four other Ferraris, two Corvettes and two Porsches but in front of two BMWs, an Aston Martin and a further three Porsches).

“We started off not too bad, and actually fairly close to a good set up. We had a little oversteer in the car and we worked on that and now it's pretty good. Nic claimed a good lap, and I got out in the pitch black and did three laps right there at the end but there were a couple of problems on the track which held me back. But it's good and we're pleased with where we are right now; I feel good about it.

Krohn continued, “You can tell that the speeds of the prototypes especially, and the field in general, has picked up since last year but the real issue is more that certain prototypes are much slower. That's been a bigger issue than the ones at the top of the time sheets – you know what they are going to do but some of the others are an unknown. It's much more comfortable coming here knowing the track and the routine; knowing where you should be at certain points in the week. We are right where we need to be.”

Qualifying for the 78th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will continue on Thursday with sessions from 7:00-9:00pm and 10:00 pm to Midnight, although rain is forecast for tomorrow so today's times may not be improved upon. The Houston-based Risi team, while delighted with Wednesday's outcome, holds true to its long-held belief that to succeed in endurance racing you have to finish first in the race, and not necessarily first in the qualifying battle. And a battle it will be…stay tuned.

Note to Editors:

Risi Competizione is a Houston-based racing team, wholly owned and directed by Giuseppe Risi, which has been very successful in sports car racing, largely in the United States. In addition to racing Ferraris and Maseratis, Risi Competizione also provides competition development, management, and support services.

Tracy W. Krohn, of Houston, Texas, continues his successful racing relationship with Risi Competizione for the fourth year in succession. Krohn is also a team owner/driver of the Krohn Racing Daytona Prototype team in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series which won two races in the 2009 season and came 4th at this year's Daytona 24.

The Official Sponsors of Risi Competizione, 2008 and 2009 Le Mans GT2 winners, are Shell Helix, Motorola, Krohn Aviation, Ferrari of Houston, Boardwalk Autogroup, Oakley, QT Technologies, AdShip, Michelin.

For Risi Competizione hi-res images, copyright free for editorial use, please contact fmiller@risicompetizione.com.

Images show Risi Competizione and Risi/Krohn Ferraris at Le Mans 2010 – copyright Risi/Regis Lefebure.

Fiona Miller

Media and Communications

Risi Competizione

US Cell: 713-252-3908 (race weekends only)

European Cell: +44 7770 371 332

Email: fmiller@risicompetizione.com

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