Free practice

San Luis - ARG

Pre Qualifying

An hour and a half: this was the delay caused by the downpour and hail that fell just as this afternoon's pre-qualifying got underway.

A combination of menacing clouds and the quantity of water that came down convinced the race officials to put back the session. Despite having 40 kg of ballast on board, Bernoldi/Ramos' N.2 Maserati was the fastest on the track with a time of 2:21.198.
In third came Heger/Mueller in the N. 33 Maserati fielded by Triple H Team Hegersport (2:24.139).
Bartels/Bertolini's 2:32.690 was good enough for ninth while Pier Guidi/Verdonck clocked the nineteenth best time after covering just five laps.
The lap times were slower than the morning sessions because the circuit was still very wet in places.
For the record, the Ford GT Matech, the N. 40 car crewed by Martin/Leinders, was relegated five places on the grid for tomorrow's Championship Race for having switched their engine.

Air 27°
Asphalt 41°

 

 

Pre Qualifying

DriversCarTime
1 2Bernoldi / RamosMaserati MC1202:21.198
2 41Palttala / BobbiFord GT+ 1.245
3 33Müller / HegerMaserati MC12+ 2.941
4 13Hennerici / MargaritisCorvette Z06+ 5.056
5 25Kechele / JimenezLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 8.179
6 5Westbrook / MutschFord GT Matech+ 11.190
7 8Lopez / MückeAston Martin DB9+ 11.331
8 40Martin / LeindersFord GT+ 11.402
9 1Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC12+ 11.492
10 7Turner / EngeAston Martin DB9+ 12.319
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Free practice

They said didn't want to be too defensive and Bartels/Bertolini kept to their word.

The current FIA GT champions stepped on the gas in Saturday morning's free practice and set a time of 2:16.848. This was good enough for third behind the Lamborghini Murcielago 670 R-Sv driven by Kechele/Jimenez (2:16.155) and the Ford GT Matech with Westbrook/Mutsch on board.
The N.34 Maserati MC12, crewed by Pier Guidi/Verdonck, came tenth in 2:17.990. The two only arrived in Argentina a few days ago and used the session to get to know the track, one that is totally new to them.
Bernoldi/Ramos' N.2 Vitaphone Racing car came thirteenth with an unlucky Heger/Mueller, in the N.33, in nineteenth after puncturing twice in the same session.
Bartels/Bertolini's main rivals, the Turner/Enge duo who are second overall, set the ninth best time of 2:17.975 in their N.7 Aston Martin DB9 N. 7.

 

 

 

 

Free practice

DriversCarTime
1 25Kechele / JimenezLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S02:16.155
2 5Westbrook / MutschFord GT Matech+ 0.421
3 1Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC12+ 0.693
4 8Lopez / MückeAston Martin DB9+ 0.975
5 37Risatti / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 1.201
6 23Dumbreck / KrummNissan GT - R+ 1.225
7 9Makowiecki / ClairayAston Martin DB9+ 1.576
8 24Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 1.640
9 7Turner / EngeAston Martin DB9+ 1.820
10 34Pier Guidi / VerdonckMaserati MC12+ 1.835
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