“Porsche beat me to the Championship in Europe last year by one point…I want to win here!!” – Bruni
Defending Sebring GT2 race winners, Risi Competizione, still has both Ferrari F430 GTC cars running at two thirds distance – with the #62 car of Bruni, Kaffer and Melo maintaining the class lead thanks to excellent pace and great team strategy – and the #61 car firmly within the top ten.
A strong challenge from GT competitors Corvette Racing went away after incidents befell them, and two of the leading Porsches were also subject to an unusual accident involving a detached wheel.
The on track battle with the two BMWs remains tight, although they are currently one lap down on the leading Risi Ferrari.
Despite a brush with an unsighted Tracy Krohn, ‘Gimmi’ Bruni had a steady and extremely consistent stint: “The car felt really good although I had a few traffic problems. The LMPC and GTC cars are faster than us on the straights but slower in the corners and one or two took some time to let us through. When we lost the lead during the pit stops under the second lot of yellow flags, and I saw it was to Porsche, it made me determined to get it back quickly. Porsche beat me to the Championship in Europe last year by one point…I want to win here!!”
Nic Jönsson said of his stint in the #61 Ferrari: “We’ve been having an intermittent electrical issue for some reason, similar to what we had in practice earlier this week. We thought we found a fix but apparently not. Every time it happens it goes into some sort of default mode and you lose a lot of power. We had a pretty decent top 4-5 pace there when the thing is working, then it goes into default and drops off 3-4 seconds. It’s very frustrating fighting that the whole time. Otherwise, the car is well prepped and we’ve been staying out of trouble so far. The car is in one piece and clean, so we just have to carry on and hopefully take this thing to the checkered and have a good result. It will be a good building block for us for Laguna and Le Mans.”
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