Corvettes win qualifying race
|By Steven English||Saturday, August 23rd 2008, 16:27 GMT|
The Phoenix Corvette team dominated the FIA GT qualifying race at Bucharest this afternoon, with their cars crossing the line first and second, well clear of their closest opposition.
Jean-Denis Deletraz withstood pressure from Fabrizio Gollin in the closing states to bring the No.5 car home first, following Marcel Fassler's excellent stint from pole position.
Gollin took over from Mike Hezemans and chased down Deletraz but ran out of laps to overtake his teammate.
The Vitaphone Maseratis were over 20 seconds down the road in third and fourth places, ahead of the Sellaslagh Corvette which survived a late scared when Xavier Maassen lost control under braking and punted off Thomas Biagi's Ferrari.
The Peka Racing Saleen was sixth, with the Gigawave Aston Martin and the Spartak Racing Lamborghini Murcielago the only other GT1 finishers.
The Jetalliance team withdrew their two Aston Martins - one of which had been qualified on the front row by Karl Wendlinger - before the start with a technical issue on the grounds of safety which they refused to discuss.
Andrew Kirkaldy won the GT2 class in the No.56 CR Scuderia Ferrari, passing both the No.50 AF Corse and No.62 Scuderia Ecosse Ferraris in the last quarter of an hour.
Gianmaria Bruni took second in class in the No.50 car when Jamie Davies spun the No.62 out of second place.
Emmanuel Collard finished third in class in the No.61 Prospeed Porsche, benefiting from Davies' spin, and also from Biagi being knocked off by Maassen. Biagi rejoined to finish fifth behind the BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari.
Pos Cl Drivers Car Time 1. GT1 Fassler/Deletraz Corvette Z06 1h00:47.952 2. GT1 Hezemans/Gollin Corvette Z06 + 0.613 3. GT1 Bertolini/Bartels Maserati MC 12 + 23.170 4. GT1 Negrao/Ramos Maserati MC 12 + 30.369 5. GT1 Bouchut/Maassen Corvette Z06 + 36.924 6. GT1 Kumpen/Longin Saleen S7 + 40.810 7. GT1 Simonsen/Peter Aston Martin DB9 + 43.593 8. GT1 Kox/Rusinov Lamborghini Murcielago + 1 lap 9. GT2 Bell/Kirkaldy Ferrari F430 + 1 lap 10. GT2 Vilander/Bruni Ferrari F430 + 1 lap 11. GT2 Westbrook/Collard Porsche 911 GT3 RS + 1 lap 12. GT2 Malucelli/Ruberti Ferrari F430 + 2 laps 13. GT2 Montanari/Biagi Ferrari F430 + 2 laps 14. GT2 Niarchos/Mullen Ferrari F430 + 2 laps 15. GT2 Babini/Davies Ferrari F430 + 2 laps 16. GT2 Camathias/Rigon Ferrari F430 + 2 laps 17. GT2 Felbermayr Jr/Lieb Porsche 911 GT3 RS + 3 laps 18. GT2 Felbermayr/Lietz Porsche 911 GT3 RS + 3 laps 19. G2 Kuppens/Leinders Gillet Vertigo + 4 laps 20. GT2 Perez Companc/Russo Ferrari F430 + 18 laps 21. GT2 Moser/Del Monte Ferrari F430 + 23 laps