Monza: Christian Montanari race report

The fourth round of the 2007 FIA GT season finally brought Christian Montanari into the best drivers' circle. Montanari drove his Vitaphone Racing Maserati MC12, shared with Miguel Ramos, to a great 2nd place, in one of his best career races at ...

The fourth round of the 2007 FIA GT season finally brought Christian Montanari into the best drivers' circle. Montanari drove his Vitaphone Racing Maserati MC12, shared with Miguel Ramos, to a great 2nd place, in one of his best career races at Monza, ending up just behind the winning Aston Martin driven by Karl Wendlinger and Ryan Sharp.

It was a tough race from the beginning for Christian, who kept third place until the first change. At that point, the decision to keep old tires emerged as the best possible, propelling Ramos up to the front: the Portuguese fiercely blocked an attack made by Sharp at the Roggia, and was able to enter pit-lane still in the lead. Suddenly, a drama was waiting the no.2 Maserati in pit-lane, as a problem with the starter cost the team 35 seconds and 7 positions, but fortunately, a superb last stint driven by Christian was enough to hand Maserati a much-rewarding runner-up position.

"I'm leaving Monza with an huge smile on my face for three reasons: thanks to our final position, we're laying second in standings, only two points behind the leaders; we run a great race, proving to be potential winners, and, in the end, the work made by Vitaphone Racing was absolutely fantastic. I had the chance to be very fast since qualifying, while at the start I lost some time by staying behind Biagi, who was slower in the corners but faster on straights. Miguel drove a great stint, managing to keep the lead until the second pit, when an unfortunate problem with the started put our win in jeopardy. I came back from 8th place to 2nd, and I don't want to think about what would have happened without that 35 seconds lost in the pits. Now I'm looking forward to the next events: we'll enter, the collective tests at Spa, to prepare the 24- hour race in the best possible way, then we'll travel to Oschersleben for the 5th race of the season. We hope that the 50-kg ballast won't be an issue..." .

-credit: christian montanari

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Karl Wendlinger , Christian Montanari , Ryan Sharp