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Bertolini and Bartels win record third title at Zolder

FIA GT title joy for Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels at Zolder.
Vitaphone Racing Team's Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels won the FIA GT title for the third time today.

Third place in the last round at Zolder, Belgium, gave them their second straight championship and third overall after topping the standings in 2006 and 2008. The pairing have become the first ever crew to win three crowns.

It was also a famous day for Maserati as the Modenese company secured its twelfth title since 2005.

The race meanwhile was won by the #33 Maserati driven by Bertolini and Bartels' Vitaphone Racing team-mates Alessandro Pier Guidi and Matteo Bobbi.

Anthony Kumpen and Mike Hezemans took the runners-up spot, 20.354 seconds further back in their Pekaracing Corvette.

To see the full race result click here.



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Michael Bartels (GER)/Andrea Bertolini (ITA) - Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12
Michael Bartels (GER)/Andrea Bertolini (ITA) - Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12
Michael Bartels (GER)/Andrea Bertolini (ITA) - Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12
Michael Bartels (GER)/Andrea Bertolini (ITA) - Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12
Michael Bartels (GER)/Andrea Bertolini (ITA) - Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12
Michael Bartels (GER)/Andrea Bertolini (ITA) - Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12
Michael Bartels (GER)/Andrea Bertolini (ITA) - Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12

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aspinock

October 26, 2009 11:01 PM

Well, maybe not - Bartels plans to be in Abu Dhabi for the start of next season. Vitaphone started with a Saleen in 2004, and managed 3 wins. But they've been running MC12s for the last 5 years, and I can't see them or Maserati giving up a good thing. Very true, the base car is an overkill relative to a Corvette. But they run with extra weight, smaller restrictors and wings. Their greastest advantage maybe how quickly the drivers can get in and out during pitstops, and Vitaphone's substantial budget. Considering the sordid state of affairs in F1, and the uneven fields in the Le Mans series, this can be great racing. Again, see Algrave.

aspinock

October 25, 2009 11:01 PM

Very sad indeed, this may be the last race for the MC12 (actually a rebodied Ferrari Enzo). A beautiful, elegant car. It has apparently been grandfathered in for next years series, but all that remains up in the air. Vitaphone deserves their titles, even if their efforts were overkill relative to the other teams. Anyone who doubts how good the racing could be should look at the last 10 minutes at Algarve, at the www.fiagt.com site.



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