It is difficult to comment on this 24 Hours of Spa. The Maserati MC12s proved they had the potential to win and instead finished in second and fourth, some way down on the winners. Looking just at the result may lead to some disappointment, especially given the very good qualifying result where all three Maseratis beat everyone to top spots on the starting grid.
However, Spa should be viewed positively as Bertolini and Bartels (flanked by Sarrazin and Negraõ) lost only a few points to Hezemans and Kumpen, the eventual winners along with team mates Mollekens and Menten. In all probability, the champions will be crowned at the final round.
Given the prospects on lap 186 when the No.1 MC12 skidded on a patch of oil, the final points haul should be considered miraculous. Once again, the mechanics were the stars in repairing the car in a little over two hours.
The performance of the No.2 MC12 driven by Müller and Ramos (alongside Van de Poele and Lamy) was excellent. When he retired, Müller was holding a solid lead over the rest of the field.
The third MC12 flying the colours of Vitaphone Racing DHL was the one that avoided most trouble. Saying this, Pier Guidi did clash with a back marker at La Source, an incident that created the large time gap to the eventual winners as the car needed to be put back together. It was the only Maserati to finish on the podium but did so with its head held high.
All three vehicles were reliable, confirming once again how well built and designed the MC12 is. Only bad luck prevented the Maseratis from really going head-to-head until the chequered flag, something that the entire team was hoping for.
|01||Maserati MC12 n°2||2:18.030|
|02||Maserati MC12 n°33||2:18.591|
|03||Maserati MC12 n°1||2:19.222|
|04||Corvette Z06 n°8||2:19.530|
|05||Corvette Z06 n°3||2:19.670|
|06||Ford GT n°40||2:21.881|
|07||Corvette Z06 n°4||2:22.640|
|08||Nissan GT-R n°35||2:24.109|
|09||Saleen S7 n°11||2:41.902|
|01||Corvette Z06 n°4||24:00.03.45|
|02||Maserati MC12 n°33||+11 LAPS|
|03||Nissan GT-R n°35||+46 LAPS|
|04||Maserati MC12 n°1||+70 LAPS|
|05||Corvette Z06 n°3||+74 LAPS|
|06||Maserati MC12 n°2||+140 LAPS|
|07||Ford GT n°40||+241 LAPS|
|08||Saleen S7 n°11||+431 LAPS|
|09||Corvette Z06 n°8||+504 LAPS|