Last Italian victory in Adria for the Maserati MC12

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Bertolini and Bartels win the FIA ​​GT night test in Adria on the Maserati MC12. Last Italian appearance for the Trident supercar

Bertolini and Bartels win the FIA ​​GT night test in Adria on the Maserati MC12. Last Italian appearance for the Trident supercar

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The second proof of the FIA GT Championship which ran on the Veneto circuit of Adria has put things back in place a bit in the standings, returning to the Maserati the leadership in this hard-fought championship.

Above all thanks to the pilot-test driver Andrea Bertolini who worked for a long time in practice to find a good balance of the car, especially for the brakes that are particularly put under pressure on this track. The victory of MC12 has never been in question, even for the non-departure of the Saleen S7 by Karl Wendlinger for a broken drive shaft.

Perhaps there was some debate as to which of the two cars would finish first, as Muller and Ramos’ was in the lead. But due to a mistake by the team when changing tires, the car was penalized with a “drive through” and in the end had to finish the race in third place, preceded by Corvette of Hezemans.

We knew that our MC12 prefers the Adria track, but we had to be careful with the brakes – explained Bertolini- so we slowed down in the driver change phases to let them cool down“. “This is certainly the last victory of this Maserati in Italy – Michael Bartels said with a touch of nostalgia – and I’m sure that at the end of the season, when the car retires, I won’t be able to hold back the tears …“.

Harder after the podium was the young Hezemans who lashed out at the lack of balance with Saleen. “I have no problems with Maseratis – said the Dutchman – once they win, once we win. There is a certain balance. But with the Saleen no. If no measures are taken for the next race in Oschersleben that will still be the car to beat, for us, for everyone, it will be impregnable.“,

In the GT2 category still bad luck for the reigning champion Gimmi Bruni who was involved in an accident at the first corner with his Ferrari F430 and had to chase the Porsche 997 of Collard which had been flying for the whole race. So once again Porsche on the top step ahead of the two Ferraris of AF Corse by Bruni-Vilander and Barba-Cadei, also authors of a very beautiful race. Especially the young Spaniard, who kept a hot Collard behind him for a long time, who once again performed a dangerous “knock” that fortunately did not cause damage to the Ferrari of the driver from the Valencian Community.

The intense evening was completed by the GT3 races, won the first by Ford GT and the second fromAston Martin DBRS9, from GT4 and from Super Trofeo Blancpain Lamborghini which saw his debut and hat-trick with the Gallardo of Fabio Babini.

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