Alex Mueller - Copyright FIA GT / Dppi

Free practice

Silverstone - UK

Bertolini - Bartels 

Pre-qualifying, third for Ramos/Müller

02/05/2009 - Silverstone
The Maserati MC12 driven by Müller/Ramos clocked the third best time in the second 80 minute free practice stint.

This morning's session took place in variable weather and this caused the cars some problems with Thomas Biagi's Ford GT40 suffering serious engine trouble. The race commissioners had no option but to show the red flag as Biagi's car ended up in a dangerous position on the track.

The session got going again after a few minutes and Müller/Ramos' MC12 was in second place for long stretches, tucked in behind Kumpen/Hezemans in the Corvette, before being relegated to third when Wendlinger/Sharp's Saleen S7 clocked the fastest lap overall. Reigning champions Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels came sixth after focusing on the race set up for the car.

Qualifying to decide the grid positions for the race will be held in the afternoon.

Pre-qualifying session

0114Wendlinger/SharpSaleen S71:43.592
024Hezemans/KumpenCorvette Z061:43.991
032Ramos/MüllerMaserati MC121:44.145
049Menten/PalttalaCorvette Z061:44.619
0519Maassen/MoreauCorvette Z061:44.887
061Bartels/BertoliniMaserati MC121:45.206
0718Lacko/DominguezSaleen S71:46.186
083Longin/RuffierCorvette Z061:46.342
0911Lemeret/HinesSaleen S7 Twin Turbo1:46.586
1013Orts/MonfardiniSaleen S71:46.901

Ramos - Muller 

The MC12s do well in free practice

02/05/2009 - Silverstone
The 2009 FIA GT season officially got underway with the first free practice season at Silverstone in England.

The 80 minute session was a sneak preview of how the championship might go with not much to call between the cars. The Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12s got off to a solid start and set the second and third best times with, respectively, Müller/Ramos and Bertolini/Bartels, a tenth down on the Corvette Z06 duo of Kumpen/Hezemans.

Free practice

014Hezemans/KumpenCorvette Z061:45.914
022Ramos/MüllerMaserati MC121:46.029
031Bartels/BertoliniMaserati MC121:46.058
0414Wendlinger/SharpSaleen S71:46.186
053Longin/RuffierCorvette Z061:46.907
0619Maassen/MoreauCorvette Z061:46.990
079Menten/PalttalaCorvette Z061:47.008
0818Lacko/DominguezSaleen S71:47.508
0913Orts/MonfardiniSaleen S71:48.231
1040Leinders/KuppensFord GT (001 PT GT1)1:48.596