Babini/Biagi - Copyright Maserati / Studio Mazzi


Imola - ITALY

Round 4 - Italy - Imola

It was an exciting fourth round of the FIA GT Championship held this weekend at Imola.

It was widely known that the Vitaphone Racing Team’s MC12 would have a difficult time with the 80kg of ballast in addition to the 10kg imposed at the start of the season. Bertolini/Wendlinger (JMB Racing) would similarly struggle with their 70kg of extra weight as well as the 10kg. The teams were obliged to adopt a three stop strategy, one more than their rivals, in order to race with a lighter fuel load and so maintain a high tempo.

Nonetheless, the effect of the ballast took its toll in the form of an extra second and a half per lap compared to the other leading cars. The heavier cars also meant that the brakes came under greater stress. Also, having to use a smaller rear wing resulted in less aerodynamic download in the curves, a crucial factor at a technically demanding circuit like Imola.Fabio Babini and Thomas Biagi claimed an extremely important third place at the end of a closely fought race.


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28/05/2005 Imola



02+ 0.291Lamy/Gardel

03+ 0.392Peter/Buncombe/Rusinov

04+ 0.538Bartels/Scheider

05+ 0.631Bouchut/Fomenko/Vasiliev

06+ 0.801Ruberti/Camathias

07+ 0.804Babini/Biagi

08+ 1.214Deletraz/Piccini

09+ 1.426Lechner/Bobbi

10+ 1.462Bertolini/Wendlinger


29/05/2005 Imola



02+ 19.264Lamy/Gardel

03+ 24.005Babini/Biagi

04+ 53.757Bertolini/Wendlinger

05+ 1 lapPeter/Buncombe/Rusinov

06+ 3 lapsMelo/Belloc

07+ 9 lapsCasoni/Varini/Panzavuota

08+ D.n.f.Stanco/Janus

09+ D.n.f.Lechner/Bobbi

10+ D.n.f.Becker/Hermann