Road America: Maserati qualifying report

The Maserati MC12 will start fourth on the GT1 grid for the Aug. 21 American Le Mans Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Factory driver Andrea Bertolini qualified the No. 35 Maserati in two minutes 1.741 seconds on the 4.048-mile...

The Maserati MC12 will start fourth on the GT1 grid for the Aug. 21 American Le Mans Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Factory driver Andrea Bertolini qualified the No. 35 Maserati in two minutes 1.741 seconds on the 4.048-mile road course, just a half-second behind the third- place Saleen S7R. The championship-leading Corvette team took the top two class positions. Bertolini will share driving duty with Fabrizio de Simone in the two-hour 45-minute race.

This is the first race at Road America for Bertolini, de Simone and the MC12, but not for Maserati. The Italian manufacturer has two previous victories in the Road America 500 - with the Maserati Tipo 61 in 1960 and the Maserati Tipo 63 in 1962.

Maserati competes with an MC12 in compliance with the rules of IMSA and matches FIA GT Championship GT1 specifications. The team will not score points in the American Le Mans Series championship.

Andrea Bertolini: "There's not a very big gap between our car and the other car [Saleen]. During the qualifying, we tried another set of springs that was better, and the car is very consistent for every lap. It's hard for the tires with these temperatures - it's very warm - but I am confident for the race. I hope for a good result for Pirelli, for Risi Competizione and our team."

Fabrizio de Simone: "The track improved a little bit and we improved quite a lot. Our setup got to a better balance and we got a bit more grip, so I'm happier with the car. I think we still have to work to get a bit more grip and consistency, but we'll see what happens in the race."

The participation of Maserati in the ALMS has been made possible thanks to the fundamental cooperation of important partners, including Pirelli and team Risi Competizione, that support Maserati logistically. The MC12 is using Pirelli Racing P Zero tires, developed in 2004 and currently used on an exclusive basis in the FIA GT Championship. The successful cooperation between Maserati and Pirelli continues in the ALMS.

-www.maseraticorse.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Fabrizio de Simone , Andrea Bertolini
Teams Risi Competizione