Bartels/Bertolini - Copyright Maserati/Mario Chiarappa
 

Race

Paul Ricard - FRA
04/07/2010

Maserati MC12 

Maserati in the Lead in France

04/07/2010 - Paul Ricard
Maserati dominated the FIA GT1 World Championship and the GT4 European Cup races at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.

As on the day before, the first to go under the checkered flag in the fourth round of the GT1 World Championship were Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels. With Vitaphone Racing Team's Maserati MC12 no. 1, they got it all: a pole position, a victory in Saturday's Qualifying Race, a victory in Sunday's Championship Race and first place in the Drivers' classification.

There was also great satisfaction on the part of Triple H Team Hegersport for the result obtained by Heger/Margaritis at the wheel of Maserati MC12 no. 33. After an eighth place at the starting line, the duo obtained the third step on the podium. Bobbi/Longin's no. 34 reached eleventh place.

Vitaphone Racing Team's no. 2, driven by Bernoldi/Ramos, was unfortunate. It was forced to leave the race after contact with Piccini's Corvette no. 13 while the Brazilian was defending a second position.

The weekend in France was fruitful for Maserati: there were good results obtained by Alessandro Pier Guidi, who got two pole positions and two victories while debuting with a Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4 in the GT4 European Cup championship.

Andrea Bertolini - Vitaphone Racing Team no. 1 - Maserati MC12 - GT1 World Championship
"It was a great weekend. The entire team worked in perfect harmony and for the first time we also won the Championship Race. Thanks to this success and to the points obtained for first place in the Qualifying Race, we've reached the top in the Drivers' classification. The championship is long and competitive, however, and so we have to keep working in this direction."

Alessandro Pier Guidi - Maserati Corse - Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4 - GT4 European Cup
"We were fast both in the qualifying practices and in the actual races, getting two successes. Today's race was perhaps tougher, our competitors were closer and I really had to fight until the end to maintain our advantage. So it was doubly satisfying because it is the first time I manage to do this on my own. It had happened before but I had been sharing the seat with another driver."

The next FIA GT1 World Championship round will be held at Spa (Belgium) on 31 July.