Another one-two for Maserati at Oschersleben
At the end of an exciting race the Fabio Babini/Thomas Biagi crew secured their first win of the season. They edged out Andrea Bertolini e Karl Wendlinger, who have now extended their lead in the drivers' championship.
Three Italians are on the podium and so the Vitaphone Racing Team maintains the lead in the team championship ahead of the JMB Racing team.
Behind the two MC12s came the Corvette driven Hezemans/Longin/Kumpen crew. They came in just in front of the Saleen with Gounon/Lechner in the driving seat. It was a good fifth spot for the Philipp Peter/Arjan van der Zwaan/Marcello Zani JMB Racing MC12. They preceded the team GPC 575, the Labre 550 and the team Reiter Lamborghini Murcielago. Zani was making his debut in the Trident car.
The home team formed of Michael Bartels and Timo Scheider were unlucky after having led for most of the race. They were forced to retire following with a problem with the starter. This after they were called to the pits by race officials.
At the start the GLPK Racing Corvette split the two Vitaphone MC12s on the front row. Bartels took the lead early on. Hezemans then took top spot and then Babini after a tight duel when the pit stops began.
In the meantime, Peter had taken fourth place after two great overtaking moves on Gounon and Piccini. Bertolini/Wendlinger started from eighth but made a superb comeback that saw them finish second on the very last lap. At the second round of pit stops, after two hours, Bartels/Scheider left the scene. Babini took the place of Biagi, who had re-taken the Corvette. He maintained top spot until the chequered flag.
The Italian pairing took the win at the end. They were very quick and lucky here but have been unlucky in the previous races. Bertolini/Wendlinger's consistent form was rewarded despite the 100kg of ballast on board.