Last year's runners-up Scuderia Ecosse have taken positives away from the opening round of the 2007 FIA GT campaign in Zhuhai this weekend, despite a result that fell somewhat short of pre-season expectations.

The two red Ferraris were ultimately classified third and fifth in GT2, in the hands of Tim Mullen/Tomas Enge and Chris Niarchos/Andrew Kirkaldy respectively. The cars finished fourth and sixth on the road but were each promoted a place following the post-race disqualification of the class-winning BMS Porsche 911 of Emmanuel Collard and Matteo Malucelli.

The first race of the season is always full of the unexpected, and for Scuderia Ecosse it started early on in the first free practice session when the no.62 Ferrari blew its engine. This left 2006 British GT Champion Mullen and former single-seater star Enge playing catch-up for the remainder of the meeting, with the former being forced to qualify without having done any set-up work and the latter not even sitting in the car until the race day warm-up session.

When the race got underway, after losing places at the start, Kirkaldy surged through into the GT2 lead by the end of the opening lap and built up a nigh-on 20-second advantage over second place. It was to be to no avail, however, with the Scot's early charge being undone by a later safety car period, causing the no. 63 machine to lose a lap and, with it, what should have been a podium finish.

The sister car, meanwhile, had to fight its way through the field from the back of grid as a result of a post-qualifying engine change, encountering further troubles along the way, including an unplanned pit-stop.

"There was a lot going on this weekend," remarked team principal Stewart Roden after the race, "and I think we've had more than our share of dramas. Third and fifth places don't reflect our pace at all; I think we have what we need to win this year, and we'll be back at Silverstone to prove that."


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