Pier Guidi/Bobbi - Copyright Maserati/Studio Mazzi

Free Practice

Budapest - HUNGARY

Ramos - Müller 

MC12 leads in pre-qualifying

29/08/2009 - Budapest
Muller/Ramos' No.2 MC12 was quickest in the eighty minute session that preceded the qualifying session. The Portuguese-German crew clocked a top time of 1:42.524 having covered a total of 38 laps.

While Alex Müller worked on the car's performance, Miguel Ramos did a long run to check the consistency of the tyres on the Hungarian track. The fourth best time went to Bertolini/Bartels (1:43.248) who, as usual, used the session to work on the car's race set up.

The reigning champions ran 35 laps, the same as the Italian pair of Bobbi/Pier Guidi who ended pre-qualifying with the fifth best time (1:43.623). Light rain began to fall some forty minutes from the chequered flag. This meant that the lap times slowed but the track surface did not become too wet or slippery, so much so that a few drivers actually bettered their times as the session came to a close.

The eagerly awaited qualifying session will be held in the late afternoon. The outcome will be crucial as it is very hard to overtake at the Hungaroring.




Pre qualifying

012Ramos/MüllerMaserati MC 121:42.524
028Bernoldi/StreitCorvette Z061:42.951
0314Wendlinger/SharpSaleen S71:42.989
041Bartels/BertoliniMaserati MC 121:43.248
0533Pier Guidi/BobbiMaserati MC 121:43.623
0619Maassen/BiagiCorvette Z061:43.801
074Hezemans/KumpenCorvette Z061:43.806
083Longin/RuffierCorvette Z061:44.996
0918Lacko/NilssonSaleen S71:45.648
1044Mutsch/HirschiFord GT (001 PT GT1)1:46.505
1111Lemeret/HinesSaleen S7 Twin Turbo1:46.584
1240Leinders/KuppensFord GT (001 PT GT1)1:47.465

Bartels - Bertolini 

Team Vitaphone work out in free practice

29/08/2009 - Budapest
In this morning’s first free practice session at the Hungaroring, the technicians and engineers focused on preparing the cars for the race to come.

There is a chance of rain during the race, a change from yesterday’s sun. The clouds have now settled over the circuit and, though temperatures have dropped, it is still clammy because of the high humidity levels.

Turning to the track action, debut duo Bobbi/Pier Guidi, in the No.33 MC12, did brilliantly to set the third best time overall (1:44.405) as they lapped consistently well. The pair ran 34 laps and made four pit stops to tweak the car’s set up.

Reigning champions Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels stopped the clock at 1:44.799 on the fastest of their 31 laps.

Müller/Ramos’ No.2 MC12 finished seventh quickest in the eighty minute session with a time of 1:45.055. The Portuguese-German outfit covered 33 laps and came in six times to work on the balance of their Maserati.

The session’s best time went to the Saleen S7 driven by Wendlinger/Sharp (1:42.944).






Free practice

0114Wendlinger/SharpSaleen S71:42.994
028Bernoldi/StreitCorvette Z061:43.612
0333Pier Guidi/BobbiMaserati MC 121:44.045
041Bartels/BertoliniMaserati MC 121:44.584
0519Maassen/BiagiCorvette Z061:44.759
063Longin/RuffierCorvette Z061:44.799
072Ramos/MüllerMaserati MC 121:45.055
084Hezemans/KumpenCorvette Z061:45.332
0918Lacko/NilssonSaleen S71:45.725
1011Lemeret/HinesSaleen S7 Twin Turbo1:46.838
1140Leinders/KuppensFord GT (001 PT GT1)1:47.275
1244Mutsch/HirschiFord GT (001 PT GT1)1:48.556