Bernoldi/Negrao - Copyright Maserati/Mario Chiarappa
 

Qualifying race

Interlagos - BRA
28/11/2010

The race 

Bernoldi/Negrao's Maserati fourth at Interlagos

27/11/2010 - Interlagos
The N. 2 Maserati MC12 took fourth spot in the Qualifying Race courtesy of the Brazilian crew of Enrique Bernoldi and Xandinho Negrao.

Though a newcomer here, Negrao turned out for the Vitaphone Racing Team in 2008.

The Brazilian pairing just missed out on completing a fine run of form after the free practice session and, especially, this morning’s pole position. Negrao, starting up front, managed to hold off the pack and extend his lead before tyre wear saw him pegged back. Still, he was leading when he pitted but Tuner/Enge’s N. 7 Aston Martin edged into the lead coming out of the pit lane.

What compromised things even further was the drive-through the race stewards slapped on the N. 2 Maserati for an irregularity during the tyre change. The penalty saw Bernoldi slip into fifth spot but the tough Brazilian fought his way into fourth by overtaking the N. 38 Lamborghini, driven by Scwager/Pastorelli, at the very end.

Overall leaders Bartels/Bertolini, in their N. 1 Maserati MC12, closed out in eighth place. Their efforts were hampered by the 40kg of ballast added to the car after the success of ballast. In tenth came the N. 33 car with Heger/Mueller on board. The duo did brilliantly to climb through the field after starting on the very last row.

The N.34 Maserati MC12 driven by another all-Brazilian crew, Daniel Serra and Francisco Longo, crossed the line in sixteenth. Serra drives in the Stock Car championship and is the son of Chico Serra, the Formula 1 driver from the early eighties; Longo, on the other hand, is CEO of Grupo Via Italia, Maserati’s importer in Brazil, and winner of the Brazilian Endurance Championship in 2009 and 2010. Both have appeared in the Trofeo Maserati Brasile.

 

 

 

DRIVERSCARTIME
017Enge / TurnerAston Martin DB91:01:33.367
0223Dumbreck / KrummNissan GT - R+ 9.032
0310Piccione / HirschiAston Martin DB9+ 9.736
042Bernoldi / NegraoMaserati MC12+ 22.763
0538Schwager / PastorelliLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 24.814
0613Hennerici / MargaritisCorvette Z06+ 27.297
076Jani / ArmindoFord GT Matech+ 27.390
081Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC12+ 38.750
0924Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 39.093
1033Heger / MüllerMaserati MC12+ 42.679
1140Martin / LeindersFord GT+ 44.169
128Nygaard / MückeAston Martin DB9+ 45.213
134Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R+ 56.430
1422Campbell-Walter / HughesNissan GT - R+ 58.497
159Makowiecki / ClairayAston Martin DB9+ 1:01.422
1634Serra / LongoMaserati MC12+ 1:04.615
173Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R+ 1:13.685
1812Huisman / KuismanenCorvette Z06+ 24.341
1911Jimenez / DahrujCorvette Z06+ 52.492
2041Bobbi / PalttalaFord GT+ 2:11.482
2125Zonta / KecheleLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 58:14.992
225Westbrook / MutschFord GT Matech+ 58:14.715