San Luis - ARG

Maserati is World Champion

Bertolini/Bartels, mission accomplished

Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini are now officially 2010 FIA GT1 World Champions. The reigning champions, driving Vitaphone Racing Team's Maserati MC12, have just won the drivers title for the fourth time (and third consecutive time) at the conclusion of the last round in San Luis, Argentina. The Vitaphone Racing Team also received recognition for remaining at the top of the team classification (for the sixth consecutive time). Celebration for Maserati's performance began right after this morning's Qualifying Race, when the math excluded Maserati's closest contender, Turner Enge's Aston Martin.

The last event in the 2010 season, the Championship Race, went to Makocwiecki/Clairy's no. 9, which, thanks also to points earned by their team-mates, catapulted Aston Martin ahead of Maserati in the SRO Trophy Manufacturers's classification.  




Post race comments
Andrea Bertolini: «We've just accomplished an incredible thing: we've won the fourth international title!»


Post qualifying comments
Andrea Bertolini: «We have 40 kilos taken off and the car is in another world.»


Post pre-qualifying comments
Alex Mueller: «I didn't compete in the first race in 2008 on this circuit so neither I nor my team mate, Heger, know the track at all.»


05/12/2010 San Luis

01Makowiecki / Clairay57:35.613
02Westbrook / Mutsch+ 13.029
03Martin / Leinders+ 13.477
04Piccione / Hirschi+ 22.205
05Kechele / Jimenez+ 26.195
06Dumbreck / Krumm+ 28.206
07Wendlinger / Moser+ 29.587
08Pier Guidi / Verdonck+ 31.065
09Pastorelli / Schwager+ 34.182
10Turner / Enge+ 35.849


05/12/2010 San Luis

01Makowiecki / Clairay01:00:28.603
02Westbrook / Mutsch+ 13.616
03Piccione / Hirschi+ 23.159
04Kechele / Jimenez+ 23.623
05Lopez / Mücke+ 26.883
06Risatti / Basseng+ 27.827
07Bertolini / Bartels+ 32.440
08Jani / Armindo+ 38.646
09Müller / Heger+ 51.610
10Kox / Haase+ 58.398