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Qualifying

Spa-Francorchamps - BELGIUM
03/08/2008

MC12 will have to play catch up after the third session

03/08/2008 - Spa
Andrea Bertolini set the third fastest time, Alexander Negraõ the eighth.

The current leader of the Drivers' championship was at the wheel in the first session, one that is usually decisive in deciding the grid order at the Belgian classic.  

Maserati's official tester set his best lap as the timed session was coming to an end, this after qualifying was held up for a long while after a crash involving the number 3 Corvette, driven at the time by Christophe Bouchut. Bertolini and Negraõ had earlier been caught up in traffic, meaning that they could not really benefit from their second set of tyres.  
 
It was only on his third set that Bertolini managed to improve his time, stopping the clock at 1'15"209. However, a congested track meant that Negraõ could not better the 2'16"066 he posted with his first tyre set. Stephan Daoudi, in the third Maserati taking part, finished tenth on the timesheet with his 2'17"804.  
 
Second session  
Spa – The Maseratis set the third and fourth fastest times in the second qualifying session. 
After the eventful first qualifying session, the drivers took to the track for the second ninety-minute session. The stint gave all the crew members a chance to drive in the dark. The times posted were nothing special, nor could they be given that the usual reference points are hard to pick out at night.  
Alessandro Pier Guidi, at the wheel of the n°2 MC12, set the third fastest time (2'19"090) to edge out Eric Van de Poele, in the n°1 MC12 (2'19"233). The JMB Racing team car driven by Daoudì stopped the clock at 2'22"940 to finish tenth on the timesheet.