Navarra - ESP

Bartels/Bertolini Increase their Advantage in the Classification

Bartels/Bertolini driving Vitaphone Racing Team’s Maserati MC12 no. 1 consolidated their leadership in the championship at the end of the eighth round of the FIA GT1 World Championship contended this weekend at the new circuit in Navarra, northern Spain.

The reigning champions earn a further eight points over their closest adversary, Thomas Mutsch, who had to leave the race due to an accident. Two rounds away from the conclusion of the championship, they are now at 130 points against the German driver’s 95. The leadership still belongs to Maserati, which is still on top in the car maker’s Trofeo SRO and team categories.

Vitaphone Racing Team’s no. 2, driven by Bernoldi/Ramos made it to the finish line in eighth place but was later set back to twelfth place due to an irregular move when resuming the race after the pit stop. The Stewards made other decisions after the race, assigning 30 extra seconds to Lamborghini no. 38 (fifth car to pass the checkered flag), thus giving the Bartels/Bertolini pair an advantage, who went from seventh to sixth place in order of arrival.

Triple H Team Hegersport’s no. 34, driven by Pier Guidi/Verdonck, was unfortunate. It reached the finish line in eleventh place after it was slowed down by a flat and consequent collision with Ford no. 6 in curve 8 during the first lap. The team’s weekend had nevertheless started out splendidly, earning second place in both the qualifying practices and in the Qualifying Race. Team-mates Mueller/Longin’s no. 33; after a sixth place during the morning’s qualifying race, was forced to leave the race when the suspension broke after an accident in curve 7 in the first lap of the Championship Race.

The final result of this race came a few hours after its conclusion due to the various penalties given.