Maserati's Zhuhai one-two

Maserati recorded a 1-2 victory in the final FIA GT race of the season at Zhuhai in China. Andrea Bertolini and Mika Salo led home the sister car of Johnny Herbert and Fabrizio de Simone after sweeping aside the early challenge of the pole-sitting BMS Ferrari 550

Maserati's Zhuhai one-two

Matteo Bobbi held the lead in the Ferrari until he stopped to hand the car over to Gabriele Gardel during the first round of pitstops. After that the MC12s moved ahead and try as he might, Bobbi simply couldn't match their pace.

It was the first race for the MC12 since its homologation by the FIA and bodes well for the car in 2005.

The Care Racing Ferrari, driven by Lilian Bryner, Enzo Calderari and Christophe Bouchut was fourth.

Christian Pescatori and Jaime Melo won the N-GT class having started from pole position in their GPC Giesse Squadra Corse Ferrari 360 Modena. Behind them, Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr brought Freisinger Motorsport Porsche home second to ensure the crew took the title.

"This morning I woke up and felt we were going to be the champions," said Luhr. "We deserved to win this title. Sascha and I have been driving together for four years and we are very happy to win this Championship."

Czech team Vonka Racing were third in class after Miro Konopka and Jan Vonka opted to make just one pit stop during the race today.

Bertolini/Salo (AF Corse Maserati MC12), 3h01m11.193s
Herbert/de Simone (AF Corse Maserati MC12), 3h01m12.986s
Bobbi/Gardel (BMS Ferrari 550 Maranello), 3h02m04.646s
Calderari/Bryner/Bouchut (Care Ferrari 550 Maranello), +1 lap
Wendlinger/Marques/Alexander (JMB Ferrari 575 M), +1 lap
Naspetti/Peter (GPC Ferrari 575 M), +2 laps
Pescatori/Melo (GPC Ferrari 360 Modena), +4 laps
Maassen/Luhr (Freisinger Porsche 996 GT3), +5 laps
Vonka/Konopka (Vonka Porsche 996 GT3), +13 laps

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