Free practice

Portimao - PRT

Bernoldi/Ramos second in pre-qualifying

The No.2 Maserati MC12 from Vitaphone Racing Team and driven by Bernoldi/Ramos took second in pre-qualifying.

The session took place in the afternoon at Portimao ahead of round seven of the FIA GT1 World Championship. The race will be held at the Algarve circuit on Sunday.

After trying out new set ups in the morning's free practice, the Bernoldi/Ramos crew switched back to their original set up. The move paid off straight away as they posted a time of 1:43.515, just 82 thousandths off the lap set by the No.5 Matech with Mutsch/Westbrook on board.

Bartels/Bertolini, in the No.1 Maserati from Vitaphone Racing Team, claimed sixth but the two Maseratis fielded by Triple H Team Hegersport are further back with Mayr-Melnhof/Pier Guidi (fifteenth) and Heger/Mueller (seventeenth).

Official qualifying will be run tomorrow, Saturday 18 September, at 12.15 (Italian time). The Qualifying Race, when the first points of the weekend of the Portuguese weekend will be awarded, is timed for 17.45 Italian time.

 

 

Prequalifying

DriversCarTime
1 5Mutsch / WestbrookFord GT Matech01:43.433
2 2Bernoldi / RamosMaserati MC12+0.082
3 40Martin / LeindersFord GT+0.154
4 23Dumbreck / KrummNissan GT - R+0.562
5 13Hennerici / MargaritisCorvette Z06+0.588
6 1Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC12+0.709
7 24Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+0.728
8 9Makowiecki / ClairayAston Martin DB9+0.941
9 10Hirschi / PiccioneAston Martin DB9+1.006
10 11Jousse / MaassenCorvette Z06+1.061
11 38Pastorelli / SchwagerLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+1.212
12 22Campbell-Walter / HughesNissan GT - R+1.216
13 6Prost / JaniFord GT Matech+1.246
14 37Bouchut / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+1.247
15 34Mayr-Melnhof / Pier GuidiMaserati MC12+1.269
16 4Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R+1.324
17 33Heger / MüllerMaserati MC12+1.374
18 3Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R+1.409
19 25Kechele / MentenLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+1.424
20 41Palttala / KuppensFord GT+1.427
21 7Turner / EngeAston Martin DB9+1.574
22 8Mücke / LamyAston Martin DB9+1.9
23 12Cazenave / KuismanenCorvette Z06+2.296

Maserati looking for the right set up

Maserati used free practice and pre-qualifying to settle on the right set up for the Portimao weekend.

The Maseratis performed brilliantly in both sessions at the Algarve circuit and are confident going into Sunday's race.
In the morning's free practice, the Bartels/Bertolini duo took second place in the No.1 Maserati MC12 N.1 fielded by the Vitaphone Racing Team. The other crews were a little further back with the stand-out display put in by the No.34 Maserati MC12 from Triple H Team Hegersport. On board was the first-time pairing of Pier Guidi/Mayr-Melnhof.

 

 

 


 

Free practice

DriversCarTime
1 40Martin / LeindersFord GT01:44.446
2 1Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC12+0.182
3 23Dumbreck / KrummNissan GT - R+0.207
4 6Prost / JaniFord GT Matech+0.264
5 7Turner / EngeAston Martin DB9+0.337
6 5Mutsch / WestbrookFord GT Matech+0.362
7 9Makowiecki / ClairayAston Martin DB9+0.557
8 37Bouchut / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+0.574
9 3Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R+0.637
10 34Mayr-Melnhof / Pier GuidiMaserati MC12+0.84
11 24Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+0.876
12 38Pastorelli / SchwagerLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+1.015
13 8Mücke / LamyAston Martin DB9+1.225
14 2Bernoldi / RamosMaserati MC12+1.251
15 10Hirschi / PiccioneAston Martin DB9+1.295
16 33Heger / MüllerMaserati MC12+1.315
17 22Campbell-Walter / HughesNissan GT - R+1.324
18 11Jousse / MaassenCorvette Z06+1.379
19 13Hennerici / MargaritisCorvette Z06+1.405
20 25Kechele / MentenLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+1.645
21 12Cazenave / KuismanenCorvette Z06+1.894
22 4Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R+2.105
23 41Palttala / KuppensFord GT+2.202