A simply breathtaking race got the 2005 season off to the best possible start in Monza today. In one of the closest FIA GT races ever, three cars crossed the finish line separated by just 1.456 seconds, after 87 laps of out and out battle around...
A simply breathtaking race got the 2005 season off to the best possible start in Monza today. In one of the closest FIA GT races ever, three cars crossed the finish line separated by just 1.456 seconds, after 87 laps of out and out battle around the 5.793 km circuit. As well as the victorious Ferrari, Maserati and Corvette both looked like potential winners, and the scene is set for a fantastic season. With plenty of overtaking, racing incidents and excitement, the spectators, estimated at over 40,000, were treated to a real show of GT racing at its best.
GT1 : LARBRE VICTORIOUS -- VITAPHONE FINISHES CLOSE BEHIND
Victory went to Larbre Competition, on its return to the Championship after an absence of a year and a half. The French team, which won three FIA GT titles between 2000 and 2002, added another win to its impressive tally when Pedro Lamy of Portugal and Gabriele Gardel of Switzerland were victorious today. Their Ferrari 550 Maranello completed the 500 km in two hours and 40 minutes, holding off the charging Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC 12 cars until the chequered flag. Bartels, who had been closing in over the last three laps, crossed the line less than a second behind, while his team-mate Fabio Babini brought the German team's second car home in third place. With the second Larbre car finishing sixth, Larbre is one point behind Vitaphone in the Teams classification.
GT2 : GRUPPE M UNTOUCHABLE
In the GT2 race, the real battle was between the two Gruppe M Porsches, with the nr 66 car of Germans Marc Lieb and Mike Rockenfeller finally winning out over the nr 88 Porsche of Tim Sugden and Emmanuel Collard. Third place went to the impressive Ebimotors car, driven by Emanuele Busnelli and Luigi Moccia, a former race winner with Art Engineering and Fabio Babini. Lieb and Rockenfeller finished in an excellent seventh place overall, just 2.086 seconds ahead of their chasing team-mates, having completed 84 laps.
<pre> ROUND 1 - PROVISIONAL TOP TEN
POS NO CL DRIVERS TEAM, CAR TIME LAPS GAP 1 11 GT1 Lamy/Gardel Larbre Competition Ferrari 550 Maranello 2:40:30.881 87 2 9 GT1 Bartels/Scheider Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12 GT1 2:40:31.802 87 0.921 3 10 GT1 Babini/Biagi Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12 GT1 2:40:32.337 87 1.456 4 16 GT1 Peter/Buncombe/Rusinov JMB Racing Maserati MC12 GT1 2:40:41.479 86 1 LAP 5 15 GT1 Bertolini/Wendlinger JMB Racing Maserati MC12 GT1 2:40:35.993 84 3 LAPS 6 12 GT1 Bryner/Calderari/Zacchia Larbre Competition Ferrari 550 Maranello 2:40:53.555 84 3 LAPS 7 66 GT2 Lieb/Rockenfeller Gruppe M Racing Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 2:41:41.849 84 3 LAPS 8 88 GT2 Collard/Sugden Gruppe M Racing Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 2:41:43.931 84 3 LAPS 9 14 GT1 Keen/Halliday Lister Racing Lister Storm GT 2:41:56.659 83 4 LAPS 10 7 GT1 Ruberti/Camathias Graham Nash Motorsport Saleen S7 R 2:40:50.335 82 5 LAPS