Qualifying race

Abu Dhabi - UAE


First podium for the Maserati mc12

Bartels/Bertolini's No.1 Maserati came home third in the qualifying race at Abu Dhabi.

The qualifying race is the first of the hour-long events introduced by the new regulations and saw the reigning FIA GT1 champions cross the line behind the Zuber/Hennerici Corvette and the Ford driven by Mursch/Grosjean.

Michael Bartels – who drove the first stint in the No.1 Maserati - did well to escaped unharmed from the traffic at turn one. Less fortunate was his team mate, Miguel Ramos, who was clipped by another car and spun of the track. The damage to the car forced the Portuguese man into the pits for an early retirement while the safety car bunched the pack. So, Michael left things to Andrea Bertolini and he made the most of the other drivers coming into the pit lane to climb through the field and into third; a position he held until the end. The No.33 Maserati, crewed by Heger/Margaritis from Triple H Team Hegersport, also starred. The pair began from twelfth and managed to move up to finish in fifth while the other crew in the black and white Maserati, Bobbi/Longin, did not get out of the starting blocks because of a technical problem.

Another new FIA regulation is that points are assigned for the qualifying race: 8 points for first, 6 for second and 4 for third. The race also decides the starting grid for the second event: the Championship Race.

Luckily for Maserati, the starting grid for the second race did not reflect the final order of the Qualifying Race.
Bartels/Bertolini were bumped up to second after Zuber/Hennerici's Corvette was relegated 10 places for breaking balance of performance rules and Heger/Margaritis moved into fourth after the No.8 car was dropped five spots for having changed its engine.

Qualyfing race

1 13Zuber, AndreasCorvette Z062:07.157
2 5Mutsch, ThomasMaserati MC122:07.966
3 1Bartels, MichaelMaserati MC122:09.019
4 8Nygaard, ChristofferAston Martin DB92:10.046
5 33Margaritis, AlexanderMaserati MC122:09.163
6 40Leinders, BasFord GT2:09.155
7 9Makowiecki, FredericAston Martin DB92:09.219
8 10Piccione, ClivioAston Martin DB92:10.717
9 3Wendlinger, KarlNissan GT-R2:09.797
10 25Zonta, RicardoLamborghini Murcielago R2:10.129