FIA GT Nogaro:Ramos and Negraõ Win in France

FIA GT Nogaro:Ramos and Negraõ Win in France

06.10.2008: FIA GT Nogaro:Ramos and Negraõ Win in France

Circuit Paul Armagnac, 3364 m. sunny 25°

Another great day for the Modenese car maker today at the Nogaro Circuit, where Miguel Ramos and Alexandre Negraõ just tallied their second victory for the Maserati Vitaphone Racing Team in this wonderful FIA GT season, consolidating the leadership of the Vitaphone Racing Team in the Team’s Championship.

The Bertolini/Bartels duo got an excellent sixth place, climbing from the tenth position at the starting line —despite a questionable attempt by Gollin’s Corvette to overtake near the final moments, with ensuing contact, which destroyed Maserati no. 1’s left rear tire, forcing it to make a pit stop—confirming their leadership in the driver’s classification, when there are only two rounds left until the end of the season.

The start was smooth, with the cars moving according to their place at the starting line. At the twenty-third lap Bertolini overtook Gollin and moved up to sixth place. Then at the fortieth lap his partner Bartels left Sharp and Peter’s Aston Martin behind and at the 47th lap he also overtook Maassen’s Corvette, coming within podium range.

Meanwhile, car no. 2, driven by Ramos , reentered the track at second place for the final stint after a brilliant pit stop strategy directed by Maurizio Leschiutta. Here at the 70th lap, Negraõ completed the plan of action by overtaking Fassler and winning, while from third place, Bertolini was getting ready to overtake the Swiss driver who was in trouble and close the race with a double victory, but Gollin’s entrance at curve 9 caused the cut in the left rear tire and the forced stop at the pit for a tire change, with a consequent loss of 3 positions.

The new classification ranks Bertolini/Bartels still at the top with an advantage of six points over Hezemans/Gollin and 6.6 over team-mates Ramos/Negraõ. The Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati wholly dominates the Team’s Championship with a margin of 21.5 points over Phoenix Carsport Racing Corvette. The next round are scheduled for 19 October in Zolder, Belgium.

Alexandre NEGRAÕ (Vitaphone Racing- Maserati MC12 no. 2)

"I think the foundations for victory were laid during yestery’s qualifying practices. I knew the car was fast, but I was expecting a race in low temperature. Instead, it became quite warm, which helped the tires to adhere better to the track. I am very happy about this first victory for me at the FIA GT during my debut season, and I thank my partner Ramos for his outstanding work.

Miguel RAMOS (Vitaphone Racing- Maserati MC 12 no. 2)

"It’s the second victory in my career in the FIA GT and it arrives magically. During my turn at the wheel I pushed the car as far as it would go to recoup the greatest amount of seconds possible. I entered the pit stop area just seconds after the Corvettes, then the lightning-like change in the pit lane and teamwork enabled us to get back in the track in mere seconds, thus going on to win the race. Everything went perfectly."

Andrea BERTOLINI (Vitaphone Racing- Maserati MC12 no. 1)

"It is a real pity because today we were advancing well too, with an effort that was about to recompense us with a place at the podium. Gollin’s intentional move towards my car snatched away the second place I was about to secure by taking advantage of Fassler’s tire trouble. By then Fassler had already been overtaken by Negraõ. Only thanks to Gollin’s calculated maneuver against us did he manage to get the second place he does not deserve. It is an sordid episode I want to dismiss from my mind sI can concentrate on the race in Zolder in two weeks.

Michael BARTELS (Vitaphone Racing- Maserati MC12 no. 1)

"After yesterday’s qualifying practice results which set us back quite a bit, car no. 2’s victory and our position confirm the Vitaphone team’s strength this season. Our cars have been the fastest ones in the track and have been consistently on top. Co rvette no. 5’s dubious maneuver prevented us from getting the double victory we deserved. We won the round and enlarged our advantage in the Team’s Championship, but we are more interested in the overall result."

Results NOGARO (France) – 8° Round FIA GT Championship

1. Ramos/Negraõ (Vitaphone Racing Team-Maserati MC12) after 1h59’45"063, average speed 147,56 Km/h; 2. Hezemans/Gollin (Corvette Z06) +5"003; 3. Fassler/Deletraz (Corvette Z06) +14"036; 4. Simonsen/Peter (Aston Martin DB9) +21"216; 5. Wendlinger/Sharp (Aston Martin DB9) +43"491; 6. Bertolini/Bartels (Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12) +43"705

 

www.maseraticorse.com  

- Stefano Bergonzini Photo: Maserati Corse/Studio Mazzi – photographer Angelo Corradini -

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/fiagt-ramos-negrao-win-in-nogaro-france-bartels-bertolini-maserati-corse-championship---45686.html

06.10.2008 / MaP

More News

Grip problem slow down Ruberti at Nogaro
06.10.2008
Exit characterized by grip issues for Paolo Ruberti at Nogaro in the third to last round of the FIA GT championship. The Veronese driver, together with his crew-mate Matteo Malucelli, concluded seventh of GT2 class under the chequered flag of the French race. Paolo Ruberti: "We struggled to find some grip throughout the weekend and therefore our F430 Ferrar more >>
FIA GT Nogaro: Third Row for Ramos- Negraõ
05.10.2008
Circuit Paul Armagnac, 3636 m., sunny 18° Good performance from the Alexandre Negraõ/Miguel Ramos duo at the wheel of one of the Vitaphone Racing Team’s Maserati MC12s competing here in Nogaro during more >>
PK-Carsport hungry for a podium in France
02.10.2008
PK Carsport – 2008 / FIA GT R8 NOGARO The FIA GT Championship is coming to an end with only three races left. This weekend the mighty GT’s will be present in the South of France for the eighth round of the s more >>
Bertolini-Bartels Ready for Action on the Renovated French Circuit
02.10.2008
FIA GT Nogaro Preview: The FIA GT International Championship enters a crucial phase with the eighth of the ten scheduled rounds, which will be contended Saturday and Sunday at the Paul Armagnac more >>
ProSpeed Competition out for revenge on French soil
01.10.2008
FIA GT – Round 8: Nogaro - France Three weeks after the seventh round of the FIA GT championship in Brno, the next FIA meeting is on the programme. The FIA GT, including the FIA GT championship as also the European FIA GT3 more >>
Paolo Ruberti on the podium at Brno too
16.09.2008
Another podium for Paolo Ruberti, the fourth, in 2008 FIA GT one of his best sportive seasons. At Brno, in Czech Republic, the driver from Verona has been author of a thrilling second stint that saw him recovering from the back after an e more >>
La performance était au rendez-vous pour Martin et Thiry...
15.09.2008
FIA GT3 European Championship / 4. Brno Après avoir fait l'impasse sur le rendez-vous d'Oschersleben, l'équipe Gravity Racing International retrouvait la compétition européenne FIA GT3 ce week-end, sur le toboggan de Brno, e more >>
Mutsch-Khan and Matech GT Racing lead the championship!
15.09.2008
FIA GT3 Championship / 4. Brno This last weekend the FIA GT3 championship was back on track at the Brno circuit, in the Czech Republic. A natural and undulating track which seemed to go d more >>
Double vainqueur, Eric De Doncker fait un pas décisif
15.09.2008
... vers un nouveau titre en GT4 European Cup GT4 European Cup 2008 / 5. Brno Après une très longue pause estivale faisant suite aux manches disputées en leve more >>
PK-Carsport Saleen hit off
15.09.2008
PK Carsport – 2008 / FIA GT R7 BRNO PK-Carsport has had a very tragical weekend in Brno, Czech Republic, where the seventh round of the FIA GT Championship took place. After a magnificent qualifying, with Anthony Kump more >>
Bradley Ellis Holds FIA GT3 European Championship Position at Brno
15.09.2008
Bradley Ellis (GB) – FIA GT3 European Championship, rounds 7&8 Brno, Czech Republic Reigning British GT champion Bradley Ellis, from Croydon, maintained his third position in the FIA GT3 European Championship standings despite enduring another testing race weekend, at Brno circuit in the Czech Repu more >>
SRT clinches brilliant podium in Brno
15.09.2008
SRT – 2008 / FIA GT R7 BRNO Following on from difficult races in Spa en Bucharest SRT in a brilliant and sporting manner got their revenge during the seventh round of the FIA GT in Brno. The Xavier Maassen – Christoph more >>
Disappointing weekend for ProSpeed Competition
15.09.2008
PROSPEED COMPETITION FIA GT – Round 7: Brno / FIA GT3 Round 4: Brno The FIA GT weekend held in the Czech Republic did not provide ProSpeed Competition with the expected results. The st more >>
KTM holt vorzeitig den GT4 Sports Light Titel in Brünn
15.09.2008
GT4 European Cup, Brünn DREI STARTS UND DREI SIEGE IN BRÜNN: Nach einem tollen Rennwochenende in Brünn kann man bei KTM, beziehungsweise beim Einsatz-Team Reiter-Engineering, schon die Sektko more >>
Bertolini-Bartels Keep a Firm Hold on the Leadership
15.09.2008
FIA GT Brno:  Automotodrom Brno, 5403 m., sunny 11° Important results for the Vitaphone Racing Team Maseratis were obtained here in Brno, Czech Republic, where the seventh round more >>
Bertolini-Bartels at the lead of the Championship
12.09.2008
the Tridente on the prowl for a second victory on the Bohemian circuit FIA GT Brno Preview: Time for the next round of the more >>
Victory for Rob Bell and CR Scuderia in Bucharest
26.08.2008
Rob Bell stood on the top step of the podium for both FIA GT races at Bucharest this weekend, with the British driver and his team mate, Andrew Kirkaldy, taking victory in the GT2 class for both races held at the street circuit in Romania, the first vi more >>
SRT score points in the streets of Bucharest
25.08.2008
SRT – 2008 / FIA GT R6 BUCHAREST Following on from the dramatic sixtieth edition of the 24 Hours of Spa SRT had a three week reprieve in which to bring the Corvette C6.R back into optimum condition. This weekend was the sixt more >>
ProSpeed Competition clinches two great podium places
25.08.2008
PROSPEED COMPETITION FIA GT – Round 6: Bucharest A mere three weeks following on from the 24 Hours of Spa the FIA GT teams travelled on through to Bucharest, the Rumanian capital this weekend to compete in the sixt more >>
2001-2022 copyright automobilsport.com