The race

Bucharest - romania

Maserati triumphs in Bucharest

Bertolini/Piccini performed brilliantly in the third round of the FIA GT championship.

The race was held in rainy conditions on the city circuit of Bucharest. It was fine result, one topped off by the third place taken by Ramos/Montanari and Biagi/Gollin in sixth. This allowed Maserati to move to the top of the Constructors' standings.

Today saw the Scuderia Playteam Sarafree score its first win in the FIA GT. Victory came courtesy of a strategy assured by the efficiency and consistency of the Pirelli tyres. Their performance meant that the Italian duo did not have to change tyres during the entire two hour race.

Driving rain fell throughout the race, one in which the MC12 was always in the action. At the start, Alessandro Pier Guidi set the fastest lap (1’27”784 on lap eight) before handing over to Giambattista Giannoccaro. He, unfortunately, was to come off worse in a clash with a GT2 car and forced to retire.

At the halfway stage, Piccini claimed first place from Wendlinger and held it until it was time for the driver changes. Bertolini still held a big enough lead coming out of the pits to hold off the pack until the end. He crossed the line 39”713 Lamborghini ahead of Bouchut/Mucke and 1’04”609 of Ramos/Montanari. The crew in the number 2 MC12 demonstrated that they could compete during the weekend. They ended the race in third place despite making two stops and a drive through. It was the first podium in the FIA GT for both Montanari and Ramos.

Biagi/Gollin took sixth place overall. At the halfway stage their strategy had taken them to second. The pairing managed to fulfil their pre-race ambition to get the car to the finish and win podium points. The 40kg ballast and a few errors prevented them from bettering sixth.

In the Citation Cup, second and third went to the two MC12s fielded by JMB Racing Team. In the cars were Macari/Aucott and Kutemann/Waaijenberg.

Maserati moves to the top of the Constructors' series with this result (42 points). Next come Chevrolet Corvette (37) and Aston Martin (20). The Vitaphone Racing Team increased its advantage in the team standings (27 points compared to the 18 earned by Racing).