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Ferrari 430 Crushes Porsche - Again! - (Global)
July 7th, 2008
The results speak for themselves – all three podium spots taken by Ferrari 430 drivers and eight of the top ten places filled by the Ferrari 430 – as Ferrari delivered another crushing result at the fourth round of the FIA GT Championship at Oschersleben, Germany, at the weekend (6 July 2008) in the GT2 class.
The AF Corse team took their second successive 1-2 and Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander their second win in a row. Andrew Kirkaldy and Rob Bell were third for the CR Scuderia team, the top three covered by little more than a second on the tight, twisty circuit on the outskirts of Magdeburg. The threat of rain just about held off during the race, giving the 28 starters a clear race.
The 430 GT was perfect throughout, Bruni leading from pole position and was only bothered by a safety car appearing because of debris on the circuit mid-way through his second stint. That bunched up the field but the Italian was able to hold off his team-mate and a late challenge from Bell to take the flag. In the middle of their fight was a whole train of Ferraris, all lapped and none giving way, but up front, it was Richard Westbrook's Porsche which was causing the most problems for the race leaders. The British driver, who went almost a full lap down behind the safety car, did not know whether or not he was fighting any of the Ferraris for position and so staunchly held his line past the chequered flag.
Tension runs high between the Ferrari and Porsche teams given the history so far this season, the Monza result a particular thorn in the sides of both teams.
"Richard Westbrook acts like he is still in the Porsche Supercup," said Bruni who was driving the final stint. "He was shutting the door like the last race of the championship and he was still fighting for the title."
Third placed Rob Bell added:
"We focus as much on the GT2 race as GT1, and when Ferrari is 1-2-3 within 10 metres of each other, we cannot race each other because there are lapped cars in the way."
Porsche driver Westbrook said: "I didn't know that we were not fighting for position and I wasn't going to roll out the red carpet again for the Ferraris!"