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Scenes and Story from FIA-GT race at Silverstone

by Gary Parravani
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

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The first round of the 2009 FIA GT Championship, at Silverstone, provided an exciting race, punctuated by a safety-car period which both mixed and closed up the field.  But Wendlinger and Sharp, in the K plus K Motorsports Saleen S7 proved to be a redoubtable force, and led for much of the race, despite spirited opposition from the Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati of Bertolini and Bartels. 

The nr 14 Saleen S7R crossed the line 5.4 seconds ahead of the nr 1 Maserati, with the nr 19 Corvette C6R of Luc Alphand Aventures third, making three different manufacturers on the podium. 

Wendlinger and Sharp therefore retain the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy - the first drivers to do so since Walkinshaw and Nicholson in 1982. It is also the first time that Saleen will be inscribed on the historic trophy. 

In GT2, victory went to the Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 GT3 RSR of Westbrook and Collard, after the leading AF Corse Ferrari went off in the final stages.  Pecom Racing took a fine second place for Perez-Companc and Russo in the nr 95 Ferrari 430 GT2, with CRS Racing taking third with Rob Bell and Andrew Kirkaldy.

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