Bartels/Bertolini - Copyright Maserati/Mario Chiarappa
 

Free practice

San Luis - ARG
05/12/2010

The circuit 

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
012Bernoldi / RamosMaserati MC1202:21.198
0241Palttala / BobbiFord GT+ 1.245
0333Müller / HegerMaserati MC12+ 2.941
0413Hennerici / MargaritisCorvette Z06+ 5.056
0525Kechele / JimenezLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 8.179
065Westbrook / MutschFord GT Matech+ 11.190
078Lopez / MückeAston Martin DB9+ 11.331
0840Martin / LeindersFord GT+ 11.402
091Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC12+ 11.492
107Turner / EngeAston Martin DB9+ 12.319
116Jani / ArmindoFord GT Matech+ 13.221
124Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R+ 13.609
1338Pastorelli / SchwagerLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 14.174
1424Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 16.255
1537Risatti / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 16.266
1623Dumbreck / KrummNissan GT - R+ 16.380
1722Campbell-Walter / HughesNissan GT - R+ 17.138
183Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R+ 17.202
1934Pier Guidi / VerdonckMaserati MC12+ 21.292

Bartels/Bertolini 

Free practice

04/12/2010 - San Luis
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
0125Kechele / JimenezLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S02:16.155
025Westbrook / MutschFord GT Matech+ 0.421
031Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC12+ 0.693
048Lopez / MückeAston Martin DB9+ 0.975
0537Risatti / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 1.201
0623Dumbreck / KrummNissan GT - R+ 1.225
079Makowiecki / ClairayAston Martin DB9+ 1.576
0824Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 1.640
097Turner / EngeAston Martin DB9+ 1.820
1034Pier Guidi / VerdonckMaserati MC12+ 1.835
113Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R+ 1.862
1222Campbell-Walter / HughesNissan GT - R+ 2.022
132Bernoldi / RamosMaserati MC12+ 2.442
1441Palttala / BobbiFord GT+ 2.453
156Jani / ArmindoFord GT Matech+ 2.752
1640Martin / LeindersFord GT+ 2.844
1710Piccione / HirschiAston Martin DB9+ 2.944
184Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R+ 3.240
1933Müller / HegerMaserati MC12+ 3.546
2038Pastorelli / SchwagerLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 4.302
2113Hennerici / MargaritisCorvette Z06+ 4.681
2212Huisman / KuismanenCorvette Z06+ 8.487