Front row in Spain for Pier Guidi/Verdonck's Maserati MC12
This weekend the eighth round of the FIA GT1 World Championship will be held at Navarra. The second best time (1:36.329) was set by the Italian driver, bettered only in Q3 by the Lamborghini driven by Riccardo Zonta (1:36.118).
The other Maseratis competing on this new Spanish circuit - inaugurated on 19 June - made it through to Q2. However, they didn't qualify for the final phase where the top eight battle it out for the top places in the Qualifying Race.
Bernoldi/Ramos' No.2 car, fielded by Vitaphone Racing Team, will start from ninth with the Portuguese driver missing out on Q3 by just a few seconds after being slowed on his fast lap by another car. Behind them came the No. 33 Maserati MC12 with Mueller/Longin on board. Overall leaders Bartels/Bertolini will start from thirteenth spot after being caught in traffic and conditioned by having 50kg of ballast on board after a series of good results.
Another fine finish for Maserati came in Dubai in the Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo where the Robert Creegan took the win in the C Class in the first round of the UAE GT series.