Qualifying race

Silverstone - GBR

Bobbi/Longin

Bartels/Bertolini on the Podium in Qualifying Race

With Maserati MC12 No. 1, Vitaphone Racing Team's Bartels/Bertolini duo reached the podium in the Silverstone Qualifying Race, in the second round of the FIA GT1 World Championship.

Thanks to this position, tomorrow (Sunday, May 2) the reigning champions will start off from the third position in the Championship Race. They have also climbed four points in the driver's rankings.

The other Vitaphone Racing Team racing pair, Bernoldi/Ramos, are on the rise with the MC12 No. 2. After having started off in thirteenth place, they were able to move forward and ended the race in ninth place despite contact while passing the Lamborghini No. 24 in the last few minutes of the race. This caused some damage on the back of the MC12.

It was an unfortunate day for Triple H Team Hegersport's Maseratis: Bobbi/Longin's No. 34 spun around soon after the start of the race and lost ground with respect to its adversaries. After a long chase to make up for lost time, the Italian/Belgian pair ended the race in sixteenth place. Twenty minutes into the race, Heger/Margaritis's No. 33 was forced to return to the pits to replace a spark plug that affected its performance.

Maserati Corse's technical director Maurizio Leschiutta: "If car No. 7 had not made three pit stops, we would now have the podium filled with only Aston Martins. This is a bit worrisome because it means there is a lack of balance in the championship".

The Championship Race will be held tomorrow, Sunday, 2 May, from 3:15 pm to 4.15 pm (local time).

Qualifying race

DriversCarTime
1 9Makowiecki / AccaryAston Martin DB91:02:00.692
2 10Hirschi / PiccioneAston Martin DB91:02:04.269
3 1Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC121:02:05.627
4 7Turner / EngeAston Martin DB91:02:28.572
5 22Hughes / Campbell-WalterNissan GT - R1:02:30.437
6 25Menten / KecheleLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:02:34.180
7 14Hezemans / KumpenCorvette Z061:02:41.444
8 23Krumm / DumbreckNissan GT - R1:02:41.544
9 2Bernoldi / RamosMaserati MC121:02:48.379
10 24Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:02:50.650
11 13Zuber / HennericiCorvette Z061:02:51.273
12 11Maassen / ArmindoCorvette Z061:03:07.206
13 12Gavin / KuismanenCorvette Z061:03:11.281
14 4Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R1:03:19.749
15 3Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R1:03:28.689
16 34Bobbi / LonginMaserati MC121:03:30.294
17 37Bouchut / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:03:32.551
18 41Palttala / KuppensFord GT Matech1:02:04.782
19 40Leinders / MartinFord GT Matech1:02:24.475
20 38Schwager / PastorelliLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:02:51.787
21 5Grosjean / MutschFord GT Matech1:02:11.818
22 33Margaritis / HegerMaserati MC121:02:09.544
23 8Mücke / NygaardAston Martin DB930:19.428