Biagi/Salo - Copyright Maserati/Studio Mazzi
 

The race

Silverstone - UK
06/05/2007

Bertolini/Piccini 

The MC12 takes the Tourist Trophy again

06/05/2007 - Silverstone
Thomas Biagi and Mika Salo have claimed the 2007 Tourist Trophy.

The event counts as the second round of the international FIA GT championship. The Vitaphone Racing Team MC12 beat off the Corvette C6R driven by Deletraz/Hezemans and Kumpen/Longin's Corvette C5R.

This is the Vitaphone Racing Team's second consecutive win on this circuit, coming as it does on the back of Bartels/Bertolini's victory last year in the MC12.

The win propels Biagi to the head of the Drivers' classification while theVitaphone Racing Team now lead the team series. The fine performance of theModenese cars played a significant role in this success as they were consistentand fast throughout. The other MC12s competing also did well, especially thatdriven by Bertolini/Piccini. The duo made an extraordinary comeback aftereffecting their drive through on lap one, costing them around forty seconds.Maserati's official test driver climbed from twentieth to seventh place beforehanding over to Andrea Piccini.

Fifth place overall is an excellent result considering the few seconds thatseparated the Italian team from fourth placed Wendlinger/Sharp, in an AstonMartin, at the finish.

Ramos/Montanari and Giannoccaro/Pier Guidi also fared well. Ramos/Montanari long occupied sixth spot in an event in which they maintained a regular rhythm, even holding fifth for a spell. The other Playteam Sarafree crew ended in eighth despite having the disadvantage of a drive-through for exceeding the pit lane speed limit.

In the Citation Cup, the MC12s fielded by JMB Racing took second and third with, respectively, Macari/Aucott and Waaijenberg/Kutemann duo, in a race won by Cloet/Kuismanen driving a Corvette C5R.

The commissioners decided at the end of the race to inflict a thirty second penalty on Biagi/Salo’s overall time for overtaking when the yellow flag was out. However, even this was not enough to rob them of glory.