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Maserati Dominates SPA 24 Hour Race - (Global)
August 4th, 2008
Maserati has scored a dominant win at the Spa 24 Hour Race at the weekend (2-3 August), the latest round of the FIA GT World Championship, with the two Maserati Vitaphone MC12 cars finishing 1-2 and a third Maserati MC 12 finishing one step off the podium.
Maserati and Vitaphone's exploits were particularly impressive - they scored maximum points, being in first and second places at each of the three times when world championship points were awarded. First over the line was the Maserati MC12 driven by Bartels, Bertolini, Sarrazin and van de Poele, followed by the Ramos, Negrao, Lemeret and Pierguidi driven Maserati MC12
Nothing that the weather, several safety car periods or their competitors could throw at them deflected them from taking dominant win.
“It was an incredible victory, easy only if analyzed superficially because up to the middle of the race we fought against fast, aggressive adversaries,” said Andrea Bertolini at the end of the race. “I can’t tell you if this success is better than the one in 2006, all that matters is that my name is in this race’s honor’s list. I thank the team and Maserati for the opportunity I was given and I dedicate this success to Roberto Ronchi, who is leaving Maserati, and I welcome Harald Wester who is joining us now.”
The weather provided a difficult challenge for the teams; for hours it varied between being dry, light drizzle and heavy rain, never settling for more than ten or twenty minutes. There were also three safety car periods due to incidents around the circuit - but Vitaphone and Maserati rose above it all.