Free practice

Portimao - PRT

Bernoldi/Ramos second in pre-qualifying

The No.2 Maserati MC12 from Vitaphone Racing Team and driven by Bernoldi/Ramos took second in pre-qualifying.

The session took place in the afternoon at Portimao ahead of round seven of the FIA GT1 World Championship. The race will be held at the Algarve circuit on Sunday.

After trying out new set ups in the morning's free practice, the Bernoldi/Ramos crew switched back to their original set up. The move paid off straight away as they posted a time of 1:43.515, just 82 thousandths off the lap set by the No.5 Matech with Mutsch/Westbrook on board.

Bartels/Bertolini, in the No.1 Maserati from Vitaphone Racing Team, claimed sixth but the two Maseratis fielded by Triple H Team Hegersport are further back with Mayr-Melnhof/Pier Guidi (fifteenth) and Heger/Mueller (seventeenth).

Official qualifying will be run tomorrow, Saturday 18 September, at 12.15 (Italian time). The Qualifying Race, when the first points of the weekend of the Portuguese weekend will be awarded, is timed for 17.45 Italian time.




1 5Mutsch / WestbrookFord GT Matech01:43.433
2 2Bernoldi / RamosMaserati MC12+0.082
3 40Martin / LeindersFord GT+0.154
4 23Dumbreck / KrummNissan GT - R+0.562
5 13Hennerici / MargaritisCorvette Z06+0.588
6 1Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC12+0.709
7 24Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+0.728
8 9Makowiecki / ClairayAston Martin DB9+0.941
9 10Hirschi / PiccioneAston Martin DB9+1.006
10 11Jousse / MaassenCorvette Z06+1.061

Maserati looking for the right set up

Maserati used free practice and pre-qualifying to settle on the right set up for the Portimao weekend.

The Maseratis performed brilliantly in both sessions at the Algarve circuit and are confident going into Sunday's race.
In the morning's free practice, the Bartels/Bertolini duo took second place in the No.1 Maserati MC12 N.1 fielded by the Vitaphone Racing Team. The other crews were a little further back with the stand-out display put in by the No.34 Maserati MC12 from Triple H Team Hegersport. On board was the first-time pairing of Pier Guidi/Mayr-Melnhof.





Free practice

1 40Martin / LeindersFord GT01:44.446
2 1Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC12+0.182
3 23Dumbreck / KrummNissan GT - R+0.207
4 6Prost / JaniFord GT Matech+0.264
5 7Turner / EngeAston Martin DB9+0.337
6 5Mutsch / WestbrookFord GT Matech+0.362
7 9Makowiecki / ClairayAston Martin DB9+0.557
8 37Bouchut / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+0.574
9 3Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R+0.637
10 34Mayr-Melnhof / Pier GuidiMaserati MC12+0.84