Pit & Paddock

Spa - belgium

Comments after the Spa 24 Hours

Andrea Bertolini: «Finishing a 24 Hour three laps from the end and with a ten second lead will, I think, remain in the history books».

Andrea Bertolini (2): «These types of races have developed into sprints where you are forced to attack from the off. When a driver can count on the organisation of an outfit like Vitaphone Racing and on a car like the Maserati MC12, nothing is impossible».

Eric Van de Poele: «It was just incredible, we had to push very very hard to try to come back in the front, we had a puncture in the night and this is why we had to invent something from a strategical point of view, and Giorgio Ascanelli was fantastic in this. The car had absolutely no problem, the tyres were good as well so we can say that this is a result coming from a team effort».

Thomas Biagi:
«We don’t know the precise reason why it happened. What I can say is that until that moment the MC12 was perfect. We had started the race well. Both my partner, Davies, and I felt at ease and we had the feeling that we could have taken the lead».

 

 

 

 

 

 

The classification at Spa after three hours

The classification at Spa after three hours

1. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 72 laps
2. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 72 laps (+ 2'492)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 72 laps (+ 42'685)

The Vitaphone Racing Team MC12 nr. 2 retired.

The classification at Spa after six hours

Race classification after six hours:

1. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 148 laps
2. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 148 laps (+ 7'854)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 148 laps (+ 16'832)

The classification at Spa after nine hours

Race classification after nine hours:

1. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 220 giri
2. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 220 giri (+ 1'27'516)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 220 giri (+ 2'16'032)

The classification at Spa after twelve hours

Race classification after twelve hours:

1. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 293 laps
2. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 292 laps (+ 1 lap)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 292 laps (+ 1 lap)

The classification at Spa after fifteen hours

Race classification after fifteen hours:

1. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 367 laps
2. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 367 laps (+ 2'05'788)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 365 laps (+ 2 laps)

The classification at Spa after eighteen hours

Race classification after eighteen hours:

1. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 442 laps
2. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 442 laps (+ 1'45'330)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 438 laps (+ 4 laps)

The classification at Spa after twenty one hours

Race classification after twenty one hours:

1. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 515 laps
2. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 515 laps (+ 19.659)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 510 laps (+ 5 laps)