Monday, November 29, 2010

Aston Martins Come in Second to Maser

The turning point in the one-hour battle came in the second-half, as the leading Young Driver AMR Aston Martin DBR9 of Darren Turner began struggling for grip on the hot and slippery 2.67-mile circuit. Despite a storming opening stint by Tomas Enge and a two-second gap following a flawless pit stop, the British driver slowly fell victim to a hard-charging Vitaphone Maserati.

Negrao, who rejoined in second after a solid fourth-place opening stint by Bernoldi, had set his eyes on the leader. The gap quickly shrunk, with the deciding moment coming with less than 12 minutes to go when the Brazilian dived to the inside of Turner to take over the top spot.

Three different brands - Maserati, Aston Martin and Corvette - were represented on the podium. (Photo: DPPI/GT1 World)
While Negrao’s aggressive move ended with both cars making slight contact, the Maserati was clearly the quicker car in the 90-degree heat. Negrao bridged out to a 2.348-second victory at the line over the Young Driver Aston Martin in second, which gained crucial points in the drivers' and teams' championships.

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