Free practice

Silverstone - GBR


Pre-qualifying also goes Maserati's way

After the Vitaphone Racing Team's convincing performance in this morning's free practice at Silverstone (UK), Maserati also did well in pre-qualifying.

This time it was the two Triple H Team Hegersport cars who set the first and second best times. Topping the timesheet was the number 34 MC12 driven by Bobbi/Longin followed by the number 33 car with Margaritis/Heger behind the wheel.

Matteo Bobbi: "It is great to have set the best time in pre-qualifying and it gives the whole team a lift. It is good for morale and we can be optimistic. Saying this, tomorrow is another day and much will depend on the rain which might fall over the weekend. Still, it is better to be leading than at the back of the field. With the changes made to it, the circuit is enjoyable but, personally, I preferred the old layout. Some historic curves have been taken out but maybe overtaking will now be easier, especially in Formula 1. Overall, I think a fine job has been done on the track.

The FIA mixed things up a little when it modified the cars' bride and ballast, lightening the Aston Martin by 50kg, but this did not really help us out. Maybe we will be better off during the race but will struggle a little from standing starts. Now, after these modifications, there are eight competitive cars. We are confident but we will wait and see how things pan out tomorrow, hoping for good weather."




1 5Mutsch / GrosjeanFord GT02:07.580
2 1Bartels / BertoliniMaserati MC1202:08.714
3 14Hezemans / PicciniCorvette Z0602:09.019
4 2Ramos / BernoldiMaserati MC1202:09.357
5 8Mücke / NygaardAston Martin DB902:09.605
6 22Hughes / Campbell-WalterNissan GT - R02:09.760
7 33Heger / MargaritisMaserati MC1202:09.878
8 7Turner / EngeAston Martin DB902:09.891
9 34Bobbi / LonginMaserati MC1202:09.949
10 6Gachnang / AllemannFord GT02:10.032

Maserati fastest in free practice

Silverstone’s new grand prix circuit was put to the test for the first time this morning with first practice of the FIA GT1 World Championship having taken place.

Maserati drivers Enrique Bernoldi and Miguel Ramos topped the session with a time of 2.01.603 for Vitaphone Racing, ahead of the Corvette pairing of Mike Hezemans and Anthony Kumpen. Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini finished the session in third position in the other Vitaphone Racing Maserati.
The two Triple H MC12s hard a few problems and Bobbi/Longin and Margaritis/Heger are in 17th and 18th spot, respectively. Free practice agaiin showed how balanced things are with ten cars bunched within a second of each other.





Free practice

1 2Ramos / BernoldiMaserati MC121:20:47.117
2 14Hezemans / KumpenCorvette Z061:04:04.237
3 1Bartels / BertoliniMaserati MC121:21:39.671
4 7Turner / EngeAston Martin DB91:21:03.211
5 22Hughes / Campbell-WalterNissan GT - R1:22:39.340
6 25Kechele / MentenLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:20:49.796
7 37Bouchut / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:21:05.337
8 8Mücke / NygaardAston Martin DB91:20:39.185
9 40Leinders / MartinFord GT Matech1:21:21.102
10 4Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R1:21:48.505