Heger/Margaritis - Copyright Maserati/Mario Chiarappa

Free practice

Silverstone - GBR


Pre-qualifying also goes Maserati's way

01/05/2010 - Silverstone
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."




015Mutsch / GrosjeanFord GT02:07.580
021Bartels / BertoliniMaserati MC1202:08.714
0314Hezemans / PicciniCorvette Z0602:09.019
042Ramos / BernoldiMaserati MC1202:09.357
058Mücke / NygaardAston Martin DB902:09.605
0622Hughes / Campbell-WalterNissan GT - R02:09.760
0733Heger / MargaritisMaserati MC1202:09.878
087Turner / EngeAston Martin DB902:09.891
0934Bobbi / LonginMaserati MC1202:09.949
106Gachnang / AllemannFord GT02:10.032
1125Zonta / DanielLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S02:10.044
124Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R02:10.230
1340Leinders / MartinFord GT02:10.248
1411Maassen / MüllerCorvette Z0602:10.248
1541Palttala / KuppensFord GT02:10.402
1624Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S02:10.795
179Makowiecki / DumasAston Martin DB902:11.131
1837Basseng / JügerLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S02:11.214
1938Pastorelli / SchwagerLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S02:11.622
2010Piccione / HirschiAston Martin DB902:12.475
213Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R00:00.000
2213Hennerici / ZuberCorvette Z0600:00.000
2323Krumm / DumbreckNissan GT - R00:00.000
2412Salo / KuismanenCorvette Z0600:00.000


Maserati fastest in free practice

30/04/2010 - Silverstone
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

012Ramos / BernoldiMaserati MC121:20:47.117
0214Hezemans / KumpenCorvette Z061:04:04.237
031Bartels / BertoliniMaserati MC121:21:39.671
047Turner / EngeAston Martin DB91:21:03.211
0522Hughes / Campbell-WalterNissan GT - R1:22:39.340
0625Kechele / MentenLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:20:49.796
0737Bouchut / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:21:05.337
088Mücke / NygaardAston Martin DB91:20:39.185
0940Leinders / MartinFord GT Matech1:21:21.102
104Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R1:21:48.505
1110Piccione / HirschiAston Martin DB91:21:37.821
129Accary / MakowieckiAston Martin DB91:22:20.950
1323Krumm / DumbreckNissan GT - R1:22:58.269
1424Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:21:24.704
1513Zuber / HennericiCorvette Z061:21:18.687
1638Pastorelli / SchwagerLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:18:04.196
1734Bobbi / LonginMaserati MC121:22:55.103
1833Margaritis / HegerMaserati MC121:21:02.263
195Grosjean / MutschFord GT Matech1:21:23.738
2012Gavin / KuismanenCorvette Z061:03:36.557
2111Maassen / ArmindoCorvette Z061:16:59.855
223Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R1:22:56.997
2341Palttala / KuppensFord GT Matech1:20:20.142