28
May
2006
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10:00
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Pirelli on the podium with Aston Martin and wins the GT2 class with Ferrari in Brno

Brno (CZ), 28 May 2006 - Babini-Gollin third in the Aston Martin of BMS-Scuderia Italia and Bartels-Bertolini fourth in the first of the two Team Vitaphone Maseratis were the best placed crews competing on Pirelli P Zero Racing tyres at the end of the Brno race, second round in the FIA-GT Championship. Jamie Davies shone in the second MC12 in Vitaphone-Pirelli colours, sixth at the finish on the Czech track and the star of an extraordinary climb back up the field, after his team mate Thomas Biagi spun and hit an Aston Martin at the start of the race. The British engineer fully attacked lap after lap, consistently setting times up to 3" faster than those in front of him. However, the delay that had been caused was such that Maserati number 2 finished a lap behind the winning Saleen of Janis-Bert.

Fabrizio Gollin, who put up another optimum performance on Czech soil, said, "I am pleased with the podium position, but on the other hand it is true that, without having lost time during the early part of the race behind Biagi in the Maserati and a tyre choice that was too conservative, I could have aimed for an even better result. But third place is very useful if considered in championship terms, although our objective is to constantly stay in front and, with the Aston Martin DBR9 on the P Zero Racings of Pirelli Competizioni, we could also have aimed for victory at Brno. Anyway, I still believe that with our car-drivers-tyre package, we can be more confident of future races".

Pirelli Competizioni repeated its victory in the GT2 class as a result of the great performance of the Ferrari F430 GTC driven by Sugden-Alexander (JMB-GruppeM), which opened out a big lead on the rest of the cars in the category from the start of the race, before a spin and a pit stop relegated it to the back of the field. Sugden put maximum effort into making up ground and took the lead again with just a few corners to go before the chequered flag. The Anglo-Swiss duo preceded the Ebimotors' Porsche 996 GT3-RSR of Collard-Riccitelli and the AF Corse's Ferrari F430 GTC (Melo-Bobbi), to complete a 100% Pirelli P Zero Racing podium. Iradj Alexander-David was enthusiastic about the result and said, "It seemed an unthinkable result after the time lost during the early laps. But the qualities of the Ferrari F430 and the concrete help guaranteed by Pirelli during the race enabled us to get the better of our extremely valid adversaries".

Pierluigi De Cancellis, Circuit Manager of Pirelli Competizioni, underlined the fact that the overall result of the race is more than positive. "The Maseratis were slowed by various slight collisions", he said, "but the potential was shown by Davies, who was always fast during his stint. If the Babini-Gollin Aston Martin on P Zero had not had to have ballast - which was not carried by Piccini's car - second place would have been easily within the reach of the Scuderia Italia coup. Anyway, with that result they still reinforced their position in the championship and, as in the case of Bertolini-Bartels, remain among the favourites for the title".

Brno results, second race - FIA-GT Championship 2006:
1. Bert-Janis (Saleen S7-R) 88 giri in 3h00'
2. Deletraz-Piccini (Aston Martin DBR9) +1'00''808;
3. Babini-Gollin (Aston Martin DBR9) +1'02''622;
4. Bertolini-Bartels (Maserati MC12) +1'03''324;
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8. Sugden-Alexander David (Ferrari 430 GTC), +4 giri (1. GT2);

9. Collard-Riccitelli (Porsche 996 GT3-RSR), +4 giri (2. GT2);
10. Bobbi-Melo (Ferrari 430 GTC), +4 giri (3. GT2).


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