Bobbi / Longin - Copyright Maserati / Mario Chiarappa

Qualifying race

Silverstone - GBR

The race 

Bartels/Bertolini on the Podium in Qualifying Race

01/05/2010 - Silverstone
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

019Makowiecki / AccaryAston Martin DB91:02:00.692
0210Hirschi / PiccioneAston Martin DB91:02:04.269
031Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC121:02:05.627
047Turner / EngeAston Martin DB91:02:28.572
0522Hughes / Campbell-WalterNissan GT - R1:02:30.437
0625Menten / KecheleLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:02:34.180
0714Hezemans / KumpenCorvette Z061:02:41.444
0823Krumm / DumbreckNissan GT - R1:02:41.544
092Bernoldi / RamosMaserati MC121:02:48.379
1024Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:02:50.650
1113Zuber / HennericiCorvette Z061:02:51.273
1211Maassen / ArmindoCorvette Z061:03:07.206
1312Gavin / KuismanenCorvette Z061:03:11.281
144Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R1:03:19.749
153Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R1:03:28.689
1634Bobbi / LonginMaserati MC121:03:30.294
1737Bouchut / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:03:32.551
1841Palttala / KuppensFord GT Matech1:02:04.782
1940Leinders / MartinFord GT Matech1:02:24.475
2038Schwager / PastorelliLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S1:02:51.787
215Grosjean / MutschFord GT Matech1:02:11.818
2233Margaritis / HegerMaserati MC121:02:09.544
238Mücke / NygaardAston Martin DB930:19.428