Less than a week after is dominant performance in the Le Mans 24 Hour race, where Ferrari 430S filled the top four GT2 places, Ferrari reliability has enabled it to beat Porsche again, this time in the third round of the FIA GT Championship with a Ferrari 1-2-3-4 at Adria at the weekend (21 June 2008) putting a Ferrari 430 team at the head of the GT2 title chase and Ferrari 430 drivers leading the pursuit of the drivers’ GT2 crown.
In the third round of the FIA GT Championship, the Ferrari AF Corse claimed its first one-two of the season, with the number 50 Ferrari 430 GT2 of Bruni and Vilander taking the win ahead of their team-mates Thomas Biagi and Christian Montanari. The Ferrari cars had an extremely close fight with the number 61 Prospeed Competition Porsche, but a fault with the headlights in the dark saw the Porsche during the day/night race drop to fifth. Malucelli and Ruberti took third for BMS Scuderia Italia, their second podium after Silverstone.
Babini and Davies finished just off the podium for the second race in a row, while Collard and Westbrook took fifth after their headlight failure. The second BMS Ferrari was sixth, with Advanced Engineering Pecom seventh, giving Russo and Perez-Companc their first points. The final point for eighth went to CR Scuderia's number 55 car of Mullen and Niarchos.
Gianmaria Bruni explained “It was a very difficult race. I was very careful in the first braking turns. Emmanuel Collard, in the Porsche, passed me in a corner, in a very nice manoeuvre and then for the next fifteen laps was in front of me. It was very difficult for me to pass him on the straight. But I managed to pass him in the end. I braked late and managed to pass sideways, luckily enough not to touch, and went up the inside.”
As for Montanari, second place and his best-yet result in GT2 was a fine birthday present for the San Marino driver. Biagi remarked on their progress : “Fourth in Silverstone, third in Monza and second in Adria. The next round inOschersleben should be interesting!”
Today’s result mirrors exactly the current GT2 Drivers classification, where Vilander and Bruni have taken a nine-point lead in the GT2 drivers classification, with their team-mates Biagi and Montanari second, and Ruberti/Malucelli third. Ferrari AF Corse has taken a 19-point lead in the Teams’ classification.
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