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Zolder - belgium

Bertolini/Bartels win as Vitaphone takes crown

Bertolini and Bartels storm to the win at Zolder

Determination was the key to Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels’ victory in the Maserati MC12 at Zolder. The team worked through Saturday night to repair the car damaged after going off the track when the accelerator locked. Thanks to the team’s efforts, Bertolini and Bartels were able to line up for the race.

A perfect drive saw them defend their overall advantage, giving the Teams’ title to Vitaphone Racing and the Constructors’ crown to Maserati. Second went to the Maserati crew’s rivals, Hezemans and Gollin; a placing that means the destination of the title will be decided at the last round in San Luis.

Still, Maserati’s German pairing can be optimistic as they hold an eight point lead and only ten will be on offer. 

STARTING GRID

18/10/2008 Zolder

#DriverTime
01Allan Simonsen01:25.810
02Karl Wendlinger01:26.029
03Mike Hezemans01:26.139
04Marcel Fassler01:26.266
05Jose Maria Lopez01:26.280
06Andrea Bertolini01:26.357
07Xavier Maassen01:26.702
08Vincent Vosse01:26.818
09Anthony Kumpen01:26.831
10Pedro Lamy01:26.882

RACE RESULTS

19/10/2008 Zolder

#DriverTime
01Bertolini/Bartels02:00:47.551
02Hezemans/Gollin+ 7.152
03Wendlinger/Sharp+ 10.179
04Simonsen/Peter+ 10.539
05Fassler/Deletraz+ 29.23
06Negrao/Ramos+ 45.041
07Franchi/Vosse+ 45.699
08Bobbi/Lamy+ 1 LAP
09Bruni/Vilander+ 3 LAPS
10Malucelli/Ruberti+ 3 LAPS

PIT & PADDOCK

19/10/2008

Comments after the race at Zolder
Andrea Bertolini: «It was a team victory and solid proof that Bartels and I, when put under pressure, know how to react and give the best of ourselves, offering brilliant results.»

18/10/2008

Comments after the qualifying at Zolder
Andrea Bertolini: «I nevertheless feel very confident about tomorrow. We are fast - as proven by our second place during the free practices - and our chance of winning hasn't changed.»