Bucharest: Phoenix Do the Double in Romania

Phoenix had a successful weekend on the streets of Bucharest

It was a day of firsts in the FIA GT Championship today, when Marcel Fässler and Jean-Denis Deletraz drove their nr 5 Phoenix Carsport Corvette C5R to victory between the narrow city streets, in the first one-hour Championship race in the FIA GT history.

Having claimed pole position during yesterday’s qualifying race, Fässler pulled away from his team-mate Hezemans, handing the car over to Deletraz with a healthy margin to take their first win of the season after three pole positions. Gollin, taking over the nr 6 Corvette, caught up and maintained pressure on the leading GMAC-liveried Phoenix Carsport car, but his race ended prematurely after a brush with the ever-present walls. This left the Vitaphone Maserati MC 12 cars, strong on the city circuit despite their penalty weight, to take the two remaining podium positions, strengthening their lead in the Teams and Drivers classifications – but further increasing their weight for Brno.

In GT2, CR Scuderia confirmed yesterday’s qualifying race by taking the team’s first FIA GT victory, with Andrew Kirkaldy and Rob Bell crossing the line 0.3 ahead of the nr 50 AF Corse Ferrari. Kirkaldy caught and overtook Bruni in the closing stages, with Bruni reporting brake problems. Bruni and Vilander took second in both races, to maintain their comfortable lead, while this result should allow the nr 50 to remove its 75 kg super-maximum handicap weight for the next race. Third was the nr 61 Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 GT3 RSR of Westbrook and Collard.

Temperatures were high, over 36C, and the one-hour format was very suitable to the tough conditions, with the 25,000 strong crowds in the grandstands around the city track enjoying the close racing between the walls. A total of 44,000 attended the weekend.

The walls were unforgiving

The results remain provisional pending scrutineering

Pos Class Drivers Car Laps
1 GT1 Fassler/Deletraz Corvette Z06 ‘46
2 GT1 Negrao/Ramos Maserati MC 12 ‘46
3 GT1 Bertolini/Bartels Maserati MC 12 ‘46
4 GT1 Kumpen/Longin Saleen S7 ‘46
5 GT1 Peter/Simonsen Aston Martin DB9 ‘46
6 GT1 Maassen/Bouchut Corvette Z06 ‘46
7 GT1 Kox/Rusinov Lamborghini Murcielago ‘46
8 GT2 Bell/Kirkaldy Ferrari F430 ‘45
9 GT2 Vilander/Bruni Ferrari F430 ‘45
10 GT2 Westbrook/Collard Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997) ‘45
11 GT2 Babini/Davies Ferrari F430 ‘45
12 GT2 Malucelli/Ruberti Ferrari F430 ‘45
13 GT2 Perez Companc/Russo Ferrari F430 ‘45
14 GT2 Del Monte/Moser Ferrari F430 ‘43
15 G2 Leinders/Kuppens Gillet Vertigo ‘42
16 GT1 Hezemans/Gollin Corvette Z06 ‘36
17 GT2 Felbermayr Jr/Lieb Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997) ‘27
18 GT2 Rigon/Camathias Ferrari F430 ‘21
19 GT2 Niarchos/Mullen Ferrari F430 ‘17
20 GT2 Montanari/Biagi Ferrari F430 ‘16
GT2 Felbermayr/Lietz Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997) ‘15