Their displays were even more encouraging as they had so much ballast to carry following the races at Spa-Francorchamps and Bucharest (125 kg for Bertolini-Bartels and 90 kg for Ramos-Negraõ). Low temperatures meant that there was not much grip on the track but this did not stop Michael Bartels setting the tenth best time of 1’54”428, 2”753 down on Wendlinger in pole. Negraõ, in the other MC12, clocked a time just 2”302 from the lead man.
The two-hour race will get underway tomorrow at 13.15. The Maseratis will be out to maintain their overall leadership that sees Bertolini/Bartels enjoying a 12.5 point advantage over their team mates Ramos/Negraõ and 16 points over Hezemans-Gollin’s Corvette.