Karl Wendlinger and Ryan Sharp led home Jetalliance Racing team-mates Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer and Alex Muller to give the outfit its first ever one-two at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in Germany on Sunday.

Over 30,000 spectators attended the fourth round in the 2008 FIA GT Championship and after seeing Jetalliance Racing's Aston Martin's lock-out the front row of the grid on Saturday, the Austrian-based outfit maintained its run on race day to take the best result possible.

Muller took the lead at the start, when Christophe Bouchut got ahead of pole-sitter Wendlinger. Muller then proceeded to lead until his pit stop, when Sharp took command of the race, pulling out a healthy lead.

In the final stages a safety car period closed up the pack but in the end Wendlinger and Sharp took the laurels by 1.518 seconds.

"My start wasn't perfect, that's why I had to push a lot later on, which really took it out of me. Then all our advantage was gone after the pace car period - so once again I had to push the limits," reflected Wendlinger, who notched up his 14th FIA GT win. "This has been a very hard fought-for win. That's why I'm extremely delighted with this result."

Jetalliance team boss Lichtner-Hoyer meanwhile was also delighted: "This first podium is a dream come true for me," he added. "We started this team three years ago, and I've only been in motorsport for four years. Standing next to these three professional drivers is a dream. We've been getting close to victory in the last few races already, but we were lacking the luck. Today we had it. It is brilliant."

Phoenix Racing's Marcel F?ssler and Jean-Denis Deletraz took the final spot on the podium, albeit more than 25 seconds further back, while Miguel Ramos and Alexandre Negrao were fourth in their #2 Vitaphone Maserati MC 12 having recovered well from a five-place grid penalty from Adria.

Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels trailed home Ramos and Negrao in the sister Vitaphone car. Bertolini and Bartels lost out under the safety car, however, the four points scored means that the 2006 champions are now in sole command of the GT1 Drivers classification, with a two point lead over Wendlinger/Sharp, Bouchut/Xavier Maassen and Mike Hezemans / Fabrizio Gollin, all of whom have 22 points.

Hezemans and Gollin, who won the last event in Italy, were unlucky to finish sixth after a late spin and their speed was obvious, as witnessed by Hezemans' fastest race lap set on lap 32.

Monza winners Bouchut and Maassen in the SRT Corvette were seventh despite two drive-through penalties, while Larbre Competition's Vincent Vosse and Greg Franchi took the final point in their Saleen S7R.

JMB-Maserati's Ben Aucott and Alain Fert? and Peka Racing's Anthony Kumpen and Bert Longin completed the top ten.

In GT2, AF Corse put in another dominant performance and despite carrying the maximum penalty weight, Toni Vilander and Gianmaria Bruni took their third win of the year, leading from the pole and only pit stops allowed other cars to briefly take the lead.

As the car was already carrying the maximum penalty weight of 50 kg, this win takes them up to the 'superweight' category of 75 kg. However, as the next round is Spa, where no penalty weight is carried, they will have a reprieve - but the weight could be quite painful on the Bucharest city track.

"The car handled really well and we had an aggressive strategy for the race," Vilander commented. "It worked well to get us our third win of the year. Gimmi is also in top form and did a wonderful qualifying."

The crew of the #51 car, Thomas Biagi and Christian Montanari, claimed their second successive second place, but have so far been unable to catch their team-mates. However, this result maintains Biagi's excellent record in Oschersleben, with five podium finishes out of five races, including three wins.

Third position went to CR Scuderia, with their Ferrari driven by Rob Bell and Andrew Kirkaldy. CR Scuderia were delighted to put some of their recent bad luck behind them and celebrate their first podium since Silverstone.

"This is a brilliant result for the team," said Niarchos. "I think we got rid of a few cobwebs and demons today. Rob and Andrew got a well-deserved third place, Tim set the fastest GT2 lap and my middle stint was the best I have driven for a couple of years. I think this is a great platform to take us into Spa. We are going straight there now for the test on Tuesday and are all greatly looking forward to the 24 hour race in a few week's time."

The #61 Prospeed Competition Porsche of Emmanuel Collard and Richard Westbrook was fourth, ahead of the #78 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari of Jo?l Camathias and Davide Rigon.

Advanced Engineering Pecom Racing Team was sixth with Matias Russo and Luis Perez Companc, while Kessel Racing claimed its best result to date with Henri Moser and Fabrizio del Monte seventh. Matteo Malucelli and Paolo Ruberti took the final GT2 point in the #77 BMS car.

The FIA GT championship now heads to Belgium next month for the Total 24 Hours of Spa. A number of teams and drivers will test at the track this week and with double points on offer during the epic 24-hour race a good performance will be critical for all the teams.



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