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Free Practice

Portimao - PORTUGAL
20/09/2009

The MC12s quickest in pre-qualifying

19/09/2009 - Portimao
The second free practice session also saw the Maseratis in the spotlight.

Confirming their fine performance from the morning, the N°1 MC12 driven by Bertolini/Bartels finished the ninety-minute session in first place with 1:40.923, just two thousandths up on the N°33 MC12 with Pier Guidi/Bobbi behind the wheel (1:40.933). The Vitaphone Racing Team DHL ran 35 laps, the most covered by the three MC12s on the track.

Fifth went to Müller /Ramos in a time of 1:41.353, a little over a tenth down on Kumpen/Hezemans’ Corvette.

Conditions were a little more overcast than in the morning and but rain is unlikely for qualifying, planned for today at 16.45. 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-qualifying

DriverCarTime
012Ramos/MüllerMaserati MC121:40.979
021Bartels/BertoliniMaserati MC121:41.450
038Bernoldi/Streit/MaassenCorvette Z061:41.790
0433Pier Guidi/BobbiMaserati MC121:42.275
053Longin/RuffierCorvette Z061:42.386
064Hezemans/KumpenCorvette Z061:42.743
0711Lemeret/HinesSaleen S7 Twin Turbo1:42.768
0840Leinders/KuppensFord GT (001 PT GT1)1:44.422

The MC12 leads after free practice

19/09/2009 - Portimao
The first ninety-minute free practice sessions held this morning at the Algarve circuit saw three Maserati MC12s in the top four.

It was an encouraging start for the Modenese cars, despite the ballast they have to carry, as they found their feet on a superb track with plenty of rises and falls.

The Müller /Ramos duo posted the best time (1:40.979) as the session drew to a close. The time just edged out overall Drivers’ leaders Bertolini/Bartels (1:41.450). The lap put in by the reigning champions proves how competitive the car is even with ballast on board and both Bertolini and Bartels were pacy throughout.

Pier Guidi/Bobbi also did well to set the fourth quickest time (1:42.275). The two Italians were forced to pit fifteen minutes from the end of the session with a puncture. The damage was done when a rim gave way after clipping a stone on the outside of a curve. Luckily, there was no harm done to the car. 

 

 

 

 

Free practice

DriverCarTime
012Ramos/MüllerMaserati MC121:40.979
021Bartels/BertoliniMaserati MC121:41.450
038Bernoldi/Streit/MaassenCorvette Z061:41.790
0433Pier Guidi/BobbiMaserati MC121:42.275
053Longin/RuffierCorvette Z061:42.386
064Hezemans/KumpenCorvette Z061:42.743
0711Lemeret/HinesSaleen S7 Twin Turbo1:42.768
0840Leinders/KuppensFord GT (001 PT GT1)1:44.422