Bartels/Bertolini - Copyright Maserati / Mario Chiarappa

Qualifying race

Paul Ricard - FRA


A triumphant day for Maserati

03/07/2010 - Paul Ricard
It as a memorable day for Maserati at Paul Ricard.

Pier Guidi had just climbed off the podium after Race 1 in the GT4 European Cup, a finish that was expected after winning the Qualifying Race in the FIA GT1 World Championship. The stars were Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini in their No.1 Maserati MC12. The pairing dominated to take pole (courtesy of Andrea) and then took the chequered flag in Race 1. Thanks to this victory, the reigning champions claimed 8 points in the Drivers’ championship and are in pole for Sunday’s Championship Race.

Probably foiled by the ‘go’ light malfunction at the start of the race, Bartels was overtaken by Kox’s Lamborghini at the first curve, but then Bartels regained the leadership at the eighth lap. When the drivers changed, excellent teamwork gave further seconds of advantage to Bertolini, who was able to finish the race all alone.

There was also favorable change for Vitaphone Racing Team’s other Maserati. Bernoldi/Ramos’s no. 2 gained two positions when reemerging from the pit stop, moving from seventh to fifth place and defending the position until the finish line. Triple H Team Hegersport’s two other Maserati MC12s finished eighth with Heger/Margaritis and fourteenth with Bobbi/Longin.



Qualifying race

011Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC121:00:31.919
0224Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:00:37.488
0322Hughes / Campbell-WalterNissan GT - R1:00:39.717
0411Hezemans / MaassenCorvette Z061:00:42.558
052Bernoldi / RamosMaserati MC121:00:44.740
0613Piccini / HennericiCorvette Z061:00:48.446
075Grosjean / MutschFord GT Matech1:01:03.040
0833Heger / MargaritisMaserati MC121:01:07.362
0923Krumm / DumbreckNissan GT - R1:01:09.155
107Turner / EngeAston Martin DB91:01:17.762
119Makowiecki / AccaryAston Martin DB91:01:18.860
124Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R1:01:22.281
1325Zonta / DanielLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:01:31.074
1434Bobbi / LonginMaserati MC121:01:34.949
1538Schwager / PastorelliLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:01:44.216
1637Bouchut / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:01:45.072
1710Hirschi / PiccioneAston Martin DB91:01:52.480
186Panis / GachnangFord GT Matech1:02:15.866
1912Gavin / KuismanenCorvette Z061:02:24.165
2040Leinders / MartinFord GT1:02:50.862
213Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R1:01:16.978
2241Palttala / KuppensFord GT1:02:02.591
238Nygaard / MückeAston Martin DB911:15.093