Bertolini/Piccini second after a great come back
The race was held in the evening and was an exciting one from the off. The MC12’s fine form was also highlighted by Montanari/Ramos’ fourth spot and the Ferté/Aucott crew taking victory in the Citation Cup.
Bertolini/Piccini started from eighth but made a sparkling comeback thanks to their consistently high performing Pirelli tyres. The fact that their tyres held up well meant that they did not need to change them during the final pit stop, allowing them to attack eventual winners Wendlinger/Sharp as the chequered flag drew near. A win was possible but a clash with Longin/Kumpen’s lapped Corvette saw Andrea Piccini lose 15 seconds just after he had taken over in the cockpit. Andrea Bertolini, post race, dedicated the crew’s second spot to the memory of Luciano Pavarotti.
The race was full of action from the start when Lichtner/Lechner’s Aston Martin clipped Thomas Biagi’s MC12, bending the right rear suspension. The mechanics replaced the damaged part, allowing Michael Bartels to make it back onto the track only eight laps down. The two closed out the race but Biagi now has an overall lead of only three points in the Drivers’ championship. Bertolini/Piccini are hot on his heels.
Fourth placed Montanari/Ramos meant an unhappy weekend for the Vitaphone Racing Team. Still, they head the Team Championship by 31 points from Playteam Sarafree. Montanari, after a difficult start, managed to find his rhythm and quickly climbed from fifth to second. A hiccup in the pits saw the pair slip to fourth, a mistake that cost them precious time and blew their chances of finishing on the podium.
The other Playteam Sarafree MC12 was unlucky to pull up with a gearbox problem when in the top ten.
Over in the Citation Cup, reserved to gentleman drivers, Ferté/Aucott took the win (13th overall). Third went to Kutemann/Moser (23rd overall) in the JMB Racing MC12. The result sees Ben Aucott strengthen his lead in the championship.
Maserati continues to top the GT1 Manufacturers’ Cup standings on 130.5 points from Corvette and Aston Martin.
The next round of the FIA GT will be held at the Czech circuit of Brno in two weeks time.