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Free practice

Spa-Francorchamps - BELGIUM

The GranTurismo MC continues its apprenticeship

23/07/2009 - Spa-Francorchamps
The second free practice session, held on a dry track, allowed the drivers to improve their times after the wet morning shakedown.

Casé/Sbirrazzuoli’s GranTurismo MC, after it was put through a balance of performance test by Moellekens (an official series driver), claimed the fourth best time in its class of 2:41.188 (12th overall). The test followed the one that took place in the first practice session and reduced the time needed for the two drivers to get to know the car and track.
The two team Giudici Maserati Trofeos had no problems and came in tenth with Gianni Giudici (2:44.332, 28th overall) and fourteenth courtesy of Andrea Perlini (2:49.867, 34th overall). 













Free practice 2

0155MartinPorsche 997 GT32:38.698
024Guttroff/RichterCorvette C62:40.035
036Abbott/FletcherGinetta G502:40.743
0440Sbirrazzuoli/CaséMaserati GranTurismo MC2:41.188
0532MallockAston Martin GT42:41.772
0618Mena/GrammaticoBMW M32:42.251
0714Ordonez/BuncombeNissan 350Z2:42.254
0817VeltmanBMW M32:42.306
0944HladikAston Martin GT42:44.263
101GiudiciMaserati Trofeo2:44.382
115Dunstan/OsborneGinetta G502:45.096
123PugachevAston Martin N242:45.808
1316StratenMustang FR500C2:46.804
142PerliniMaserati Trofeo2:49.867

GranTurismo MC relishes the rain

23/07/2009 - Spa-Francorchamps
Intense rain and extreme driving conditions made things tough during the 40 minute free practice session; the first ever for the GranTurismo MC.

 The demanding session was interrupted for thirteen minutes when a red flag was shown. This came out because there was an elevated risk of the cars aquaplaning. Owing to the conditions and wanting to avoid causing any damage, the AF Corse team had run just six laps. During this stint, the GranTurismo MC had set the fourth best time in its class (3:04.375); seventh overall as the Dutch GT4s also compete alongside the GT4 entrants.
Appearing on the Ardennes track were two Maserati Trofeos modified to run in GT4. The cars were driven by Gianni Giudici, who closed in 12th spot (25th overall) and Andrea Perlini, 14th (32nd overall).
Little could be gauged from the session because of the rain and the cars still have to find their racing set up for what will be a challenging race.












0155Maxime MARTINPorsche 997 GT32:59.035
0218Mena/GrammaticoBMW M33:01.431
0314Ordonez/BuncombeNissan 350Z3:01.846
04215Bakker/CatsburgGinetta G503:02.415
05226Junior STROUSAston Martin GT43:02.681
06209P. C. Van Oranje/LammersMustang FR 500C3:04.054
0740Sbirrazzuoli/CaséMaserati GranTurismo MC3:04.375
084Guttroff/RichterCorvette C63:04.814
096Abbott/FletcherGinetta G503:06.002
1017Kevin VELTMANBMW M33:06.656
1132Michael MALLOCKAston Martin GT43:06.850
125Dunstan/OsborneGinetta G503:07.237
1316Raphael vder STRATENMustang FR500C3:07.773
143Alexander PUGACHEVAston Martin N243:07.828
151Gianni GIUDICIMaserati Trofeo3:10.048
1644Vladimir HLADIKAston Martin GT43:13.525
172Andrea PERLINIMaserati Trofeo3:16.625