Imola - italy

Good qualifying session for the MC12's

The world famous Trident of Maserati returned to endurance racing this weekend at Imola, the two MC12 cars in glorious blue around the Imola circuit near Bologna to contest the FIA GT Championship.

The two cars, driven by Johnny Herbert, Fabrizio de Simone, Andrea Bertolini and Mika Salo, qualified eighth and 12th for their first race, a three-hour 500km endurance event, which takes place tomorrow (Sunday).

Fabrizio Gollin and Luca Cappellari will start the race from pole position in their Ferrari 550 Maranello having set a time just eight hundredths of a second faster than the two Konrad Motorsport Saleen S7Rs of Walter Lechner Junior and Uwe Alzen. Gollin and Cappellari lead the championship by 13.5 points with just three races to go having won three times. Ferrari lie first, second and third in the constructors table with their teams BMS Scuderia Italia, GPC GIesse Squadra Corse and JMB Racing and its drivers fill the first nine positions in the drivers’ table after a dominant performance so far this year.

Just over one tenth of a second separated the top three cars in qualifying at Imola, setting up a fantastic race, the eighth round of the championship. The two Maseratis are running with restrictions placed on them by the FIA, including 60kg ballast carried by every new car to the championship, and extra weight for Salo, who finished second at the Spa 24-hours last month while driving for the GPC team.