Oschersleben - germany

Ramos - Müller

Müller in fine form; Bertolini/Bartels take advantage

Oschersleben delivers: MC12s on the podium

Maserati went into Oschersleben in high hopes and the third round of the FIA GT duly delivered. The German circuit saw the MC12s take second and third on the podium, a result that might seem poor against the run of wins and one-twos over recent years (2008 apart). However, today’s outcome has to be considered positively given the ballast the two Modenese GTs had to carry over the 3,696 metre track.
Even though they eventually finished second, the 95kg loading down Bertolini/Bartels’ MC12 meant that a podium finish was unlikely at the start, despite the performance of the German reigning champions in free practice.

Müller/Ramos, third across the line, had 45kg on board and so any hopes of a win lay with them. This optimism seemed to have vanished at the very first curve when Müller became the meat in a Saleen and Corvette sandwich, slipping to twenty-second spot. Then came the comeback, as another sign of the MC12’s performance re-ignited expectations of a win.

The championship is now wide open. Bertolini/Bartels still lead on 26, three points up on Hezemans/Kumpen, eleven on Maassen and fourteen on team mates Müller/Ramos. The next race on the calendar, the 24 Hours of Spa, may be the decisive round even though the points will not be doubled this year. 



20/06/2009 Oschersleben

01Alex Müller1:24.546
02Karl Wendlinger1:24.865
03Xavier Maassen1:25.160
04Michael Bartels1:25.278
05Adam Lacko1:25.291
06Bert Longin1:25.560
07Mike Hezemans1:25.702
08Bas Leinders1:26.634
09Luke Hines1:26.941
10Michael Krumm1:27.431


21/06/2009 Oschersleben

05Maassen/Biagi1 LAP
06Leinders/Kuppens1 LAP
07Mutsch/Hennerici1 LAP
08Hines/Lemeret2 LAPS
09Krumm/Turner3 LAPS
10Wendlinger/Sharp4 LAPS



The comments after the race
Alex Müller: «To be honest, I think I made a good start, but the Corvette and the Saleen just accelerated so strongly, and at the end of the straight before the first corner, Karl was already ahead of me, and saw Maassen on the inside, and I was just in a sandwich».


The comments after the qualifying
Alex Müller: "I'm very pleased with this result because I consider Oschersleben my "home" circuit".