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03/06/2008 - RISI TOPS GT2 TIME SHEETS IN A DAY OF MIXED FORTUNES

Ferrari F430 GT2 - Risi Competizione

Following on from the torrential rain at last year's 24 Hours of Le Mans event, there was yet more inclement weather to deal with in today's one day of official testing for this year's twice-round-the-clock endurance classic

The fortunes of the #83 Ferrari, piloted by Krohn Racing's Nic Jönsson, Tracy Krohn and Eric van de Poele, were not so good. After Eric van de Poele, a Le Mans winner in 1998-01-02, had completed his rookie test of ten mandatory laps (because it is more than three years since he last raced here in France) with a 3rd position, the rain started to fall and the remainder of the morning session was largely sat out. Tracy Krohn was looking forward to a longer run in the dry conditions at the start of the afternoon session, but had only turned three laps of the 13.629 km (8.46 mile) circuit when his off-track excursion brought a premature end to the afternoon for he and his team mates.

However, at the end of eight hours of available track time, the Houston-based Risi Competizione team's #82 Ferrari 430 GT topped the timing sessions in the GT2 class. Jaime Melo's fastest time of 4:05.561 set the benchmark, closely followed by the #80 Porsche of Risi's ALMS competitor, Flying Lizard Motorsports, in the hands of Jörg Bergmeister.

The race, which begins at 3.00pm (local, 9.00am CDT) on the 14th June, will be seen by over 250,000 spectators, up to 386 million TV viewers worldwide, and reported on by 1,800 journalists from over 35 nations. For regular updates and information on the Risi Competizione team's quest for success, go to www.risicompetizione.com or www.krohnracing.net

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