Spa - belgium

Round 6 - Belgium - Spa-Francorchamps

Historic Maserati one-two at the Spa 24 Hours

Maserati scored a historic one-two finish in the Spa 24 Hours. It was the first time the MC12 had competed in a race of this type.

The only other similar event disputed by the car was the 12 Hours of Sebring last March when the MC12 came 5th in the GT1 class. The last time a Maserati won an endureance race was in 1957 when the 450S took the 12 Hours of Sebring with Fangio/Behra at the wheel.

The Vitaphone Racing Team's number 9 MC12, with Michael Bartels, Timo Scheider and the Belgian Eric Van de Poele in the driving seat, dominated the Ardennes race and sixth round of the FIA GT championship. Behind them came Andrea Bertolini, Karl Wendlinger and Philippe Peter in the number 15 JMB Racing MC12. The two MC12s thus finished in the top two places and were also quickest in qualifying. Fabio Babini, Thomas Biagi and Jamie Davies were unlucky in their number 10 car. They were forced to retire with a transmission problem halfway through the race when holding a podium place.


29/07/2005 Spa-Francorchamps

01Maserati MC12 n°902'14"845
02Maserati MC12 n°15+ 0"452
03Aston Martin n°29+ 0"707
04Corvette C5R n°6+ 0"785
05Maserati MC12 n°10+ 1"280
06Ferrari 550 n°11+ 1"381
07Aston Martin n°28+ 4"013
08Ferrari 550 n°17+ 3"848
09Ferrari 575 GTC n°2+ 4"782
10Saleen S7 R n°8+ 4"635


31/07/2005 Spa-Francorchamps

01Maserati MC12 n°924:00:34"160  
02Maserati MC12 n°15+ 2 laps
03Ferrari 550 n°11+ 9 laps
04Corvette C5R n°6+ 13 laps
05Ferrari 550 n°12+ 14 laps
06Aston Martin n°29+ 19 laps
07Aston Martin n°28+ 21 laps
08Corvette C5R n°22+ 40 laps
09Saleen S7 R n°8+ 47 laps
10Porsche 996 n°191+ 47 laps



Comments after the Spa 24 Hours
Michael Bartels: «It is not easy finding the words to express what I feel. For me it is a dream come true. It was a tough race but the whole team was fantastic.»


Comments after qualifying session in Spa
Andrea Bertolini: «I am very happy to be on the front row in such a respected race as Spa.»