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Pit & Paddock

Spa - BELGIUM
30/07/2006

Comments after the Spa 24 Hours

30/07/2006 - Spa
Andrea Bertolini: «Finishing a 24 Hour three laps from the end and with a ten second lead will, I think, remain in the history books».

Andrea Bertolini (2): «These types of races have developed into sprints where you are forced to attack from the off. When a driver can count on the organisation of an outfit like Vitaphone Racing and on a car like the Maserati MC12, nothing is impossible».

Eric Van de Poele: «It was just incredible, we had to push very very hard to try to come back in the front, we had a puncture in the night and this is why we had to invent something from a strategical point of view, and Giorgio Ascanelli was fantastic in this. The car had absolutely no problem, the tyres were good as well so we can say that this is a result coming from a team effort».

Thomas Biagi:
«We don’t know the precise reason why it happened. What I can say is that until that moment the MC12 was perfect. We had started the race well. Both my partner, Davies, and I felt at ease and we had the feeling that we could have taken the lead».

 

 

 

 

 

 

The classification at Spa after three hours

29/07/2006 - Spa

The classification at Spa after three hours

1. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 72 laps
2. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 72 laps (+ 2'492)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 72 laps (+ 42'685)

The Vitaphone Racing Team MC12 nr. 2 retired.

The classification at Spa after six hours

29/07/2006 - Spa

Race classification after six hours:

1. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 148 laps
2. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 148 laps (+ 7'854)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 148 laps (+ 16'832)

The classification at Spa after nine hours

30/07/2006 - Spa

Race classification after nine hours:

1. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 220 giri
2. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 220 giri (+ 1'27'516)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 220 giri (+ 2'16'032)

The classification at Spa after twelve hours

30/07/2006 - Spa

Race classification after twelve hours:

1. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 293 laps
2. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 292 laps (+ 1 lap)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 292 laps (+ 1 lap)

The classification at Spa after fifteen hours

30/07/2006 - Spa

Race classification after fifteen hours:

1. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 367 laps
2. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 367 laps (+ 2'05'788)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 365 laps (+ 2 laps)

The classification at Spa after eighteen hours

30/07/2006 - Spa

Race classification after eighteen hours:

1. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 442 laps
2. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 442 laps (+ 1'45'330)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 438 laps (+ 4 laps)

The classification at Spa after twenty one hours

30/07/2006 - Spa

Race classification after twenty one hours:

1. Van de Poele / Bartels / Bertolini - Maserati MC12 - 515 laps
2. Lemeret / Deletraz / Piccini / Fassler - Aston Martin DBR9 - 515 laps (+ 19.659)
3. Longin / Kumpen / Hezemans / Mollekens - Corvette C6R - 510 laps (+ 5 laps)