“If you'd told me before the race that we'd finish with a heavy car, with 80 kg extra ballast, I would have laughed and said we'd have no chance," Bartels admitted, "As Andrea said, we did very hard work yesterday on the set-up, and also worked with the Michelin people to find the best possible set-up for the 80kg ballast over the distance.
"Of course, in the end, you could see that it was pretty hard for all the cars - ours included. In the end, I think Andrea and myself had so much experience to carry the car home and collect the points. After not such a fantastic weekend for the whole Vitaphone team at Spa - apart from second place for the third car - we've come back with a very strong result and we're leading both championships again. Of course, our car is back to 100kg for Portimao, which won't be very easy on that hilly circuit, but I think it's been a good day."
In GT2, the #60 Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 GT3 RSR recovered from the back of the grid to overtake the #50 AF Corse Ferrari and secure victory on the very last lap, with Richard Westbrook and Emmanuel Collard claiming their third win of 2009.
“It was one of those races you just want to be part of, and it was a pleasure driving every lap," Westbrook revealed, "The team set up the car perfectly. We weren't so good when the tyres were new but, when the tyres went off, our car just had a good drop-off compared to everyone else. I saw that in the first stint when I was following Gimmi [Bruni]. Even though the gap was eight seconds, I knew we had a chance because his car dropped off the pace as the tyres got older.
"This is a fantastic result after yesterday. I thought we deserved to be on top all weekend, the team have been on top form and we've been so hungry to close the gap to the #50 car and we're all delighted.”
Toni Vilander and Gianmaria Bruni finished second, despite carrying a total of 100kg of penalty weight, and retain a two-point lead in the overall standings. Paolo Ruberti and Matteo Malucelli, in the #77 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 430 GT2, finished third for their best result of the season so far.
Luis Perez Companc, in the #95 Pecom Racing Team Ferrari 430 GT2, won the Citation Cup for gentlemen drivers.