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Free practice

Navarra - ESP



23/10/2010 - Navarra
The drivers adopted the same tactic of protecting their tyres for qualifying.

The cars ran very few laps during Saturday's second practice session to keep the tyres in good shape for the afternoon's qualifying.

One pairing who did put in a major effort was the Bobbi/Palttala crew from Marc VDS Racing team who covered 23 laps in their Ford GT.

The four Maserati MC12s opted to limit the number of laps they ran. Longin/Mueller put in a solid showing to register the fourth fastest time (1:36.733) in the No.33 car. They completed only eight laps but improved on their morning practice time by three seconds.

In tenth came the No.1 car driven by Bartels/Bertolini from the Vitaphone Racing Team (1:37.075 from nine laps covered). Their stable mates, Bernoldi/Ramos, set a time of 1:37.075 during their twelve laps). The final Maserati, the No.34 Triple H Team Hegersport car driven by Pier Guidi/Verdonck, was thirteenth in 1:37.215 (the pairing ran nine laps).

Top of the timesheet came Mutsch/Westbrook, in the No.5 Ford GT Matech, with a time of 1:36.051.




015Westbrook / MutschFord GT Matech1:36.051
0240Martin / LeindersFord GT+0.567
0325Zonta / KecheleLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+0.599
0433Longin / MüllerMaserati MC12+0.682
0524Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+0.686
0638Schwager / PastorelliLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+0.839
076Jani / AmindoFord GT Matech+0.908
0823Dumbreck / KrummNissan GT - R+0.952
0922Campbell-Walter / HughesNissan GT - R+0.966
101Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC12+0.973
112Bernoldi / RamosMaserati MC12+1.024
127Turner / EngeAston Martin DB9+1.065
1334Pier Guidi / VerdonckMaserati MC12+1.164
1437Bouchut / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+1.291
159Makowiecki / ClairayAston Martin DB9+1.406
163Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R+1.422
1710Hirschi / PiccioneAston Martin DB9+1.485
1813Hennerici / MargaritisCorvette Z06+1.615
1941Bobbi / PalttalaFord GT+1.681
204Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R+2.108
2112Huisman / KuismanenCorvette Z06+2.250


Free practice

23/10/2010 - Navarra
At 10.00, the Maserati MC12s got their first real taste of the new Navarra track. Found in northern Spain, the circuit this morning hosted the free practice sessions ahead of the eighth round of the FIA GT1 World Championship.

Bertolini, Bernoldi, Longin and Pier Guidi were the Maserati drivers who took to the track.

The circuit was not the only novelty as the pairings were also untested: Longin, making a return after missing Portimao, climbed into the No.33 car alongside German Alex Mueller. Mueller’s usual team mate, Altfrid Heger, is busy driving in another series this weekend.

In the No.34 car was another new crew: Nico Verdonck (who appeared in his home race at Spa flanked by Longin) has Alessandro Pier Guidi as a partner. This is Pier Guidi’s third consecutive race in the Triple H Team Hegersport Maserati MC12.

The first eighty minutes were run in sunshine though the temperatures did not top 8°C (air) and 10°C on the track surface.

All the drivers had a stint on the track. Bernoldi/Ramos, in the No. 2 car, were the quickest Maserati crew in a time of 1:37.829 – good enough for eighth. The overall leaders, Bartels/Bertolini, posted the twelfth best time (1:38.444), while Pier Guidi/Verdonck came in fifteenth after having to cut short their session with a technical problem. The No.34 Maserati MC12, with Longin/Mueller on board, came nineteenth.

The morning’s best time was clocked by Kox/Haase in the team Reiter Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-SV (1:36.942).



Free practice

0124Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:36.942
0240Martin / LeindersFord GT+0.112
0322Campbell-Walter / HughesNissan GT - R+0.123
0437Bouchut / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+0.332
0538Schwager / PastorelliLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+0.339
067Turner / EngeAston Martin DB9+0.389
0725Zonta / KecheleLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+0.827
082Bernoldi / RamosMaserati MC12+0.887
096Jani / AmindoFord GT Matech+0.919
105Westbrook / MutschFord GT Matech+1.233
118Nygaard / MückeAston Martin DB9+1.356
121Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC12+1.502
1310Hirschi / PiccioneAston Martin DB9+1.635
1423Dumbreck / KrummNissan GT - R+1.725
1534Pier Guidi / VerdonckMaserati MC12+1.773
169Makowiecki / ClairayAston Martin DB9+1.815
1741Bobbi / PalttalaFord GT+1.989
1813Hennerici / MargaritisCorvette Z06+2.152
1933Longin / MüllerMaserati MC12+2.993
204Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R+3.212
213Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R+3.727
2212Huisman / KuismanenCorvette Z06+3.873