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16/03/2008 - PODIUM FINISH FOR RISI-KROHN FERRARI TEAM AT 12 H OF SEBRING

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The No. 61 Risi-Krohn Ferrari of Tracy W. Krohn, Nic Jönsson and Eric van de Poele took their Risi-Competizione-prepared Ferrari 430 GT to a third place finish in the 56th Annual 12 Hours of Sebring race Saturday night in Sebring, Florida.

Attrition, as usual, played into the results at the season-opening American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race at the historic 3.7-mile circuit. Only 20 of 33 cars finished the grueling race. Heat was also a factor, especially for the No. 61 Ferrari, as the only problem they suffered in the demanding race was the air cooling system to the driver's helmet.

Houston-based Risi Competizione's current GT2 Drivers Champions, Jaime Melo and Mika Salo – together with Italian Ferrari GT driver, Gianmaria Bruni – were not so fortunate at the Florida classic today. After holding a commanding class lead for the first five and a half hours of the race, the No. 62 car was involved in an incident with a competitor, which resulted in the retirement of both cars.

ERIC VAN DE POELE, Driver, No. 61 Risi-Krohn Ferrari 430 GT:

“It was a great result. It was very hot in the car today and we had problems with the air to the helmet. Other than that, it was great. Tracy and Nic drove well and kept a good pace. I am very happy with the result. I want to thank Giuseppe and Krohn Racing. Every time I come back with Risi, we get on the podium. It's fantastic!”

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