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Pirelli-equipped Maseratis and Porsches unlucky at Zolder's FIA-gt season finale

 


A spin from Bertolini after half an hour of racing puts an end to the hopes of the # 11 Playteam Maserati, running on Pirelli tyres. Shortly beforehand, a misunderstanding between Pier Guidi in the other P Zero Racing-equipped Maserati and Davies in the Aston Martin-Pirelli resulted in contact that eliminated both of them. In GT2, the Porsche-Pirelli driven by Collard – which was also in the hunt for the category’s drivers’ title – was unable to make the most of its chances and finished fourth.

A combination of unfortunate circumstances put to an end to Pirelli Competizioni‘s hopes of claiming the 2007 FIA GT drivers’ titles. The Pirelli-equipped Maserati MC12 of Bertolini spun and ended up in the gravel trap while fighting at the front, following a magnificent drive earlier from the outgoing FIA GT Champion. The unlucky Maserati rejoined at the back of the field following the incident, which took place after half an hour of racing, and eventually ended up in eighth place.


In GT2 Pirelli rubber allowed the Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari 430 GTC of Kirkaldy-Sugden to hold a podium place for a significant portion of the race, before slowing towards the finish. In the meantime, especially the 78 Kg of ballast prevented the Pirelli-equipped BMS-Scuderia Italia Porsche 997 GT3-RSR of Collard-Malucelli from having a proper tilt at the drivers’ championship.

Alessandro Pier Guidi, in the second PZero Racing-equipped Playteam Sarafree Maserati MC12, had a particularly unlucky encounter. Having gone quickest in the morning warm-up, the Italian’s race was ended after just 18 laps following a misunderstanding with another competitor. He was unfortunate enough to hit the AMR-BMS Aston Martin DBR9-Pirelli, which Jamie Davies was trying to nurse back to the pits with a terminal gearbox problem. Both cars were forced into instant retirement.

In GT2, the Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari 430 GTC-Pirelli, driven by Kirkaldy and Sugden, had an excellent race before having to slow down in the closing stages. Their fourth place was then taken by the Collard-Malucelli Porsche 997 GT3-RSR. The French-Italian crew was never really at ease on the Belgian track, characterised by winter weather that made life even more difficult than usual for the team’s engineers and those of Pirelli.

Zolder marked the end of the 2007 FIA GT season, with next year’s first race scheduled for springtime at the classic Silverstone circuit in England.

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