Spa-Francorchamps - belgium

24 Hour of Spa: a Maserati one-two!

The foundations for Maserati's Spa victory

Since the first tests at Fiorano in 2003 to the third win in four years at the 24 Hours of Spa, Maserati’s Reparto Corse has been able to put the marque’s renowned excellence into action. It squad has done so on circuits all over the world but it is on the 7km track in the Ardennes that their creation, the MC12, has found its second home.

Maserati entered the hall of fame with the famous 2005 one-two finish and the memorable win in 2006. This success could have been followed up in 2007 when the Vitaphone Racing MC12, leading by a lap one hour from the finish, ended up in the sand. The Modenese car displayed all its rugged reliability to take four of the top six places. When it comes to Spa, it is all about Maserati.
This year, the 24 Hour had a few teams aiming for victory. As well as the customary difficulties the race presents, Maserati would have to deal with the slight advantages enjoyed by other teams like the larger restrictors fitted to the Saleens and Aston Martins. Still, the MC12 took on all-comers in a straight fight, banking on strategy and the car’s consistent performance and reliability.
The organisation of the team was fundamental at crucial points during the race. One such moment was at the six hour mark, the first where championship points were up for grabs. Here, the race plan kicked in and the two Vitaphone MC12s managed to move into the lead, one they never let slip.
Perfect pit stops, flawless organisation on the track and in the hospitality tent’s warm welcome, skilled technicians and talented drivers made the difference. These are just a few simple ingredients but very difficult to get right and almost impossible without the input of a great team and dedicated staff.

Luca Giraldi


01/08/2008 Spa-Francorchamps

01Saleen S7 n°72:13.923
02Corvette Z06 n°62:14.246
03Aston Martin n°332:14.581
04Corvette Z06 n°32:14.755
05Maserati MC12 n°22:14.934
06Corvette Z06 n°52:15.148
07Maserati MC12 n°12:15.209
08Lamborghini n°82:15.218
09Aston Martin n°102:15.547
10Maserati MC12 n°152:17.804


03/08/2008 Spa-Francorchamps

01Maserati MC12 n°124:00:20.547
02Maserati MC12 n°2+ 2 LAPS
03Aston Martin n°10+ 7 LAPS
04Maserati MC12 n°15+ 16 LAPS
05Lamborghini n°8+ 33 LAPS
06Corvette Z06 n°6+ 117 LAPS
07Saleen S7 n°4+ 322 LAPS
08Aston Martin n°33+ 426 LAPS
09Corvette Z06 n°5+ 437 LAPS
10Corvette Z06 n°3+ 565 LAPS



Comments after the race at Spa
Andrea Bertolini: «It was an incredible victory, easy only if analyzed superficially because up to the middle of the race we fought against fast, aggressive adversaries.»


Comments after the qualifying at Spa
Alexander Negraõ: «The pit stops have to go smoothly and we will need to keep out of trouble during the entire event».