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Paul Ricard - france

Vitaphone Racing is the champion for the 5th time

Vitaphone Racing Team is the champion!
02/10/2009

Upsetting the odds in what was the most feared round of the season and one that promised little, the Vitaphone Racing Team bagged the Team title and now holds a four point lead in the Drivers' championship.

The fifth straight Team victory earns the German squad a rightful place in the history of this series. No other scuderia has ever managed a similar feat. The second spot won by Müller/Ramos and Bertolini/Bartels' fifth saw Vitaphone Racing make the title a mathematical certainty.

The Drivers' crown is still there for the taking as the reigning champions leave Paul Ricard holding a four point lead over Hezemans/Kumpen, who were forced to retire.

 

STARTING GRID

03/10/2009 Paul Ricard

#DriverTime
01Enrique Bernoldi 2:00.919
02Alex Müller 2:01.856
03Alessandro Pier Guidi 2:02.043
04Andrea Bertolini 2:02.044
05James Ruffier 2:02.300
06Mike Hezemans 2:02.328
07Thomas Biagi 2:02.541
08Olivier Panis 2:04.796
09Bas Leinders 2:05.853
10Thomas Mutsch 2:07.108

RACE RESULTS

04/10/2009 Paul Ricard

#DriversTime
01Bernoldi/Streit 2:00:27.312
02Müller/Ramos 2:00:42.824
03Ruffier/Longin 2:00:44.132
04Biagi/Maassen 2:00:52.932
05Bertolini/Bartels 2:01:22.316
06Pier Guidi/Bobbi 2:01:35.404
07Panis/Barde 2:00:45.056
08Moser/Mutsch 2:01:34.299
09Leinders/Kuppens 2:02:32.061
10Hezemans/Kumpen 1:31:30.093

PIT & PADDOCK

04/10/2009

The comments after the race
Alex Müller: «Second place is the best we could have hoped for: the car was great, as were the tyres and the race strategy.»