Vitaphone Win Third Race in a Row

The Vitaphone Racing squad notched up their third consecutive FIA GT Championship victory at Istanbul Park in Turkey

Vitaphone Win Third Race in a Row

Timo Scheider held off a challenge from teammate Fabio Babini during the final 40 minutes to claim a second win of the season for himself and team boss Michael Bartels.

Scheider worked his way up to second from fourth on the grid during the opening stint and then Bartels took the lead during the middle portion of the two-hour race. An eight-second advantage over Thomas Biagi, who shared the number two Vitaphone Maserati MC12 with Babini, then turned into 18 seconds at the second round of fuel stops. Babini, who had lost vital seconds during an early-race safety car period, closed to within eight seconds before giving up the chase and settling for second.

Andrea Bertolini and Karl Wendlinger finished third for the JMB Racing Maserati squad. Bertolini was tapped into a spin at the start and finished the opening lap in 17th position. The French team called the safety car correctly, which vaulted the championship leaders up the order.

The GruppeM Porsche team maintained their stranglehold on the GT2 class. Emmanuel Collard and Tim Sugden weren't as fast as teammates Marc Lieb and Mike Rockenfeller, but a clever pit strategy gave them a narrow victory.

CLASSIFIED: Pos Cl. Drivers Make Time 1. GT1 Bartels/Scheider Maserati MC12 GT1 2:00:02.986 2. GT1 Babini/Biagi Maserati MC12 GT1 + 10.960 3. GT1 Bertolini/Wendlinger Maserati MC12 GT1 + 26.987 4. GT1 Deletraz/Piccini Ferrari 575 Maranello + 56.471 5. GT1 Longin/Kumpen/Hezemans Corvette C5R + 1:04.365 6. GT1 Peter/Artam/Pillon Maserati MC12 GT1 + 1 Lap 7. GT1 Lamy/Gardel Ferrari 550 Maranello + 1 Lap 8. GT2 Collard/Sugden Porsche 996 GT3 RSR + 1 Lap 9. GT2 Lieb/Rockenfeller Porsche 996 GT3 RSR + 1 Lap 10. GT1 Bouchut/Fomenko/Vasiliev Ferrari 550 Maranello + 2 Laps 11. GT2 Busnelli/Moccia Porsche 996 GT3 RSR + 3 Laps 12. GT2 Ried/Ried Porsche 996 GT3 RSR + 4 Laps 13. GT2 Vonka/Casadei/Armindo Porsche 996 GT3 RSR + 5 Laps 14. GT2 Konopka/Emiliani Porsche 996 GT3 RSR + 5 Laps 15. GT2 Lambertini/Lemeret Ferrari 360 Modena + 14 Laps 16. GT1 Keen/Halliday Lister Storm GT + 15 Laps 17. GT1 Pergl/Kox Ferrari 550 Maranello + 16 Laps NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Cl Drivers Make On Lap GT1 Saviozzi/Marcink./Konrad Saleen S7 R 12 GT1 Lechner/Ruberti Saleen S7 R 9 Fastest lap: Babini/Biagi, 1:50.949 on lap 42 
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