2008 FIA GT Championship season

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2008 FIA GT Championship season
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A Ferrari F430 GT2 competing in the Zolder round of the 2008 FIA GT Championship

The 2008 FIA GT Championship season was the twelfth season of the FIA GT Championship. It featured a series for Grand Touring style cars broken into two classes based on power and manufacturer involvement, called GT1 and GT2. Invitational G2 and G3 classes were also allowed to participate but cars in these classes were not eligible to score points. The Championship began on 20 April 2008 and ended on 23 November 2008 after 10 rounds.

Schedule[edit]

The official 2008 calendar was released by the FIA on 24 October 2007.[1] All races were two hours, with exception of the Spa 24 Hours and the Bucharest City Challenge, the latter being a combination of two one hour races, each awarding half points. The Adria round remained as a night event and the Argentinian finale was the first South American race in FIA GT Championship history.

Rnd Race Circuit Date
1 United Kingdom RAC Tourist Trophy Silverstone Circuit 20 April
2 Italy Monza 2 Hours Autodromo Nazionale Monza 18 May
3 Italy Adria 2 Hours Adria International Raceway 21 June
4 Germany Oschersleben 2 Hours Motorsport Arena Oschersleben 6 July
5 Belgium Total 24 Hours of Spa Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 2 August
3 August
6 Romania Bucharest City Challenge Bucharest Ring 23 August
24 August
7 Czech Republic Brno 2 Hours Masaryk Circuit 14 September
8 France Nogaro 2 Hours Circuit Paul Armagnac 5 October
9 Belgium Zolder 2 Hours Circuit Zolder 19 October
10 Argentina San Luis 2 Hours Potrero de los Funes Circuit 23 November

Season results[edit]

Rnd Circuit GT1 Winning Team GT2 Winning Team Results
GT1 Winning Drivers GT2 Winning Drivers
1 Silverstone Austria #33 Jetalliance Racing Italy #50 AF Corse Results
Austria Karl Wendlinger
United Kingdom Ryan Sharp
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Finland Toni Vilander
2 Monza Belgium #3 Selleslagh Racing Team Belgium #61 Prospeed Competition Results
France Christophe Bouchut
Netherlands Xavier Maassen
France Emmanuel Collard
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
3 Adria Germany #6 Phoenix Carsport Italy #50 AF Corse Results
Netherlands Mike Hezemans
Italy Fabrizio Gollin
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Finland Toni Vilander
4 Oschersleben Austria #33 Jetalliance Racing Italy #50 AF Corse Results
Austria Karl Wendlinger
United Kingdom Ryan Sharp
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Finland Toni Vilander
5 Spa-Francorchamps Germany #1 Vitaphone Racing Team Italy #77 BMS Scuderia Italia Results
Germany Michael Bartels
Italy Andrea Bertolini
Belgium Eric van de Poele
France Stéphane Sarrazin
Italy Davide Rigon
Italy Paolo Ruberti
Italy Matteo Malucelli
Switzerland Joël Camathias
6 Bucharest Germany #5 Phoenix Carsport United Kingdom #56 CR Scuderia Racing Results
Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
United Kingdom Andrew Kirkaldy
United Kingdom Rob Bell
Germany #5 Phoenix Carsport United Kingdom #56 CR Scuderia Racing
Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
United Kingdom Andrew Kirkaldy
United Kingdom Rob Bell
7 Brno Austria #33 Jetalliance Racing Italy #50 AF Corse Results
Austria Karl Wendlinger
United Kingdom Ryan Sharp
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Finland Toni Vilander
8 Nogaro Germany #2 Vitaphone Racing Team Belgium #61 Prospeed Competition Results
Portugal Miguel Ramos
Brazil Alexandre Negrão
Australia Alex Davison
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
9 Zolder Germany #1 Vitaphone Racing Team Italy #50 AF Corse Results
Germany Michael Bartels
Italy Andrea Bertolini
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Finland Toni Vilander
10 Potrero de los Funes Belgium #4 Peka Racing Italy #95 Advanced Engineering PeCom Results
Belgium Bert Longin
Belgium Anthony Kumpen
Argentina Luís Pérez Companc
Argentina Matías Russo

Teams championships[edit]

Points were awarded to the top 8 finishers in the order of 10–8–6–5–4–3–2–1 except at the Spa 24 Hours, where half points were also granted for the leaders after 6 and 12 hours. Both cars scored points towards the championship regardless of finishing position. The G2 class did not have a championship.

GT1 standings[edit]

Pos Team Car Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total
1 Germany Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12 GT1 Maserati 6.0 L V12 10 12 8 9 36 12.5 5 13 13 4 122.5
2 Germany Phoenix Carsport Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Chevrolet 7.0 L V8 5 5 16 9 7.5 14.5 13 14 12 11 107
3 Austria Jetalliance Racing Aston Martin DBR9 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 13 2 18 2 14 4 6 59
4 United Kingdom Gigawave Motorsport Aston Martin DBR9 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 6 6 3 12 3 5 5 40
5 Belgium Selleslagh Racing Team Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Chevrolet 7.0 L V8 5 10 5 2 3.5 6 1 6 38.5
6 Belgium Peka Racing Saleen S7-R Ford 7.0 L V8 3 1.5 4 10 18.5
7 France Larbre Compétition Saleen S7-R Ford 7.0 L V8 1 4 1 2 2 10
8= Russia IPB Spartak Racing Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT Lamborghini 6.0 L V12 8 1.5 9.5
8= Monaco JMB Racing Maserati MC12 GT1 Maserati 6.0 L V12 2 7.5 9.5
10 Argentina Escuderia ACA Argentina Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello Ferrari 5.9 L V12 1 1 5 7
11 Germany Team Vitasystems Maserati MC12 GT1 Maserati 6.0 L V12 1 1

GT2 standings[edit]

Pos Team Car Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total
1 Italy AF Corse Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 15 14 18 18 14 10 15 10 10 14 138
2 Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 8 7 10 5 20 5 6 2 10 3 76
3 Belgium Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
3
 
10
 
 
5
 
16.5
 
6
 
4
 
10
 
11
 
4
69.5
4 United Kingdom CR Scuderia Racing Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 12 3 2 6 12.5 11.5 9 3 5 64
5 Italy Advanced Engineering PeCom Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 3 3 1.5 3 4 10 24.5
6 United Kingdom Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 5 5 3 3.5 1 3 1 2 23.5
7 Switzerland Kessel Racing Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 1 1 2 6 1 2 5 1 19
8 Czech Republic K plus K Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 8 8
9 France IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 4.5 4.5
10 United Kingdom Trackspeed Racing Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
1
 
1
11 Australia Juniper Racing Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 0.5 0.5

Drivers championships[edit]

Points were awarded to the top 8 finishers in the order of 10–8–6–5–4–3–2–1 except at the Spa 24 Hours. Drivers who did not drive the car for a minimum of 35 minutes did not score points.

GT1 standings[edit]

Pos Driver Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total
1= Germany Michael Bartels Germany Vitaphone Racing Team 8 4 8 4 20 6 3 3 10 4 70
1= Italy Andrea Bertolini Germany Vitaphone Racing Team 8 4 8 4 20 6 3 3 10 4 70
3= Netherlands Mike Hezemans Germany Phoenix Carsport Racing 4 5 10 3 7.5 4.5 8 8 8 8 66
3= Italy Fabrizio Gollin Germany Phoenix Carsport Racing 4 5 10 3 7.5 4.5 8 8 8 8 66
5= Portugal Miguel Ramos Germany Vitaphone Racing Team 2 8 5 16 6.5 2 10 3 52.5
5= Brazil Alexandre Negrão Germany Vitaphone Racing Team 2 8 5 16 6.5 2 10 3 52.5
7= Switzerland Marcel Fässler Germany Phoenix Carsport Racing 1 6 6 7.5 10 5 6 4 3 48.5
8 Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz Germany Phoenix Carsport Racing 1 6 6 7.5 10 5 6 4 45.5
9= Austria Karl Wendlinger Austria Jetalliance Racing 10 2 10 2 10 4 6 44
9= United Kingdom Ryan Sharp Austria Jetalliance Racing 10 2 10 2 10 4 6 44
11= Austria Philipp Peter United Kingdom Gigawave Motorsport 6 6 3 12 3 5 5 40
11= Denmark Allan Simonsen United Kingdom Gigawave Motorsport 6 6 3 12 3 5 5 40
13= France Christophe Bouchut Belgium Selleslagh Racing Team 5 10 5 2 3.5 6 1 32.5
13= Netherlands Xavier Maassen Belgium Selleslagh Racing Team 5 10 5 2 3.5 6 1 32.5
15= France Stéphane Sarrazin Germany Vitaphone Racing Team 20 20
15= Belgium Eric van de Poele Germany Vitaphone Racing Team 20 20
17= Belgium Bert Longin Belgium Peka Racing 3 1.5 4 10 18.5
17= Belgium Anthony Kumpen Belgium Peka Racing 3 1.5 4 10 18.5
19= Austria Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer Austria JetAlliance Racing 3 8 2 4 17
19= Germany Alex Müller Austria JetAlliance Racing 3 8 2 4 17
21= Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi Germany Vitaphone Racing Team 16 16
21= Belgium Stephane Lémeret Germany Vitaphone Racing Team 16 16
23= United Kingdom Darren Turner United Kingdom Gigawave Motorsport 12 12
23= United Kingdom Andrew Thompson United Kingdom Gigawave Motorsport 12 12
25= Belgium Vincent Vosse France Larbre Compétition 1 4 1 2 2 10
25= Belgium Grégory Franchi France Larbre Compétition 1 4 1 2 2 10
27= France Alain Ferté Monaco JMB Racing 2 7.5 9.5
27= United Kingdom Ben Aucott Monaco JMB Racing 2 7.5 9.5
27= Russia Roman Rusinov Russia IPB Spartak Racing 8 1.5 9.5
27= Netherlands Peter Kox Russia IPB Spartak Racing 8 1.5 9.5
31= Netherlands Jan Lammers Russia IPB Spartak Racing 8 8
31= Czech Republic Tomáš Enge Russia IPB Spartak Racing 8 8
33 France Stéphane Daoudi Monaco JMB Racing 7.5 7.5
34 Argentina Esteban Tuero Argentina Escuderia ACA Argentina 1 1 5 7
35= Argentina José María López Argentina Escuderia ACA Argentina 1 5 6
35= Argentina Christian Ledesma Belgium Selleslagh Racing Team 6 6
37 Argentina Ricardo Risatti Germany Phoenix Carsport Racing 3 3
38= Belgium Frédéric Bouvy Belgium Peka Racing 1.5 1.5
38= Belgium Kurt Mollekens Belgium Peka Racing 1.5 1.5
40= Argentina Martín Basso Argentina Escuderia ACA Argentina 1 1
40= Portugal Pedro Lamy Germany Team Vitasystems 1 1
40= Italy Matteo Bobbi Germany Team Vitasystems 1 1

GT2 standings[edit]

Pos Driver Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total
1= Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy AF Corse 10 8 10 10 13 8 10 6 10 8 93
1= Finland Toni Vilander Italy AF Corse 10 8 10 10 13 8 10 6 10 8 93
3= Italy Paolo Ruberti Italy BMS Scuderia Italia 6 4 6 1 20 4.5 6 2 8 3 60.5
3= Italy Matteo Malucelli Italy BMS Scuderia Italia 6 4 6 1 20 4.5 6 2 8 3 60.5
5 United Kingdom Richard Westbrook Belgium Prospeed Competition 10 5 15 6 10 5 51
6= Italy Thomas Biagi Italy AF Corse 5 6 8 8 1 2 5 4 6 45
6= San Marino Christian Montanari Italy AF Corse 5 6 8 8 1 2 5 4 6 45
8 France Emmanuel Collard Belgium Prospeed Competition 10 5 15 6 5 41
9= United Kingdom Andrew Kirkaldy United Kingdom CR Scuderia Racing 8 2 6 5 10 1 5 37
9= United Kingdom Rob Bell United Kingdom CR Scuderia Racing 8 2 6 5 10 1 5 37
11 Switzerland Joël Camathias Italy BMS Scuderia Italia 2 3 4 4 20 0.5 2 35.5
12 Italy Davide Rigon Italy BMS Scuderia Italia 2 3 4 4 20 0.5 33.5
13 United Kingdom Tim Mullen United Kingdom CR Scuderia Racing 4 1 2 7.5 1.5 8 3 27
14 Argentina Matías Russo Italy Advanced Engineering PeCom
Italy AF Corse
3
 
3
 
 
1
1.5
 
3
 
4
 
10
 
25.5
15= Argentina Luís Pérez Companc Italy Advanced Engineering PeCom 3 3 1.5 3 4 10 24.5
15= United Kingdom Jamie Davies United Kingdom Scuderia Ecosse 5 5 3 4.5 1 3 1 2 24.5
15= Italy Fabio Babini United Kingdom Scuderia Ecosse 5 5 3 4.5 1 3 1 2 24.5
18 Germany Marc Lieb Belgium Prospeed Competition
Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton
15
 
6
 
21
19 Switzerland Henri Moser Switzerland Kessel Racing 1 1 2 6 1 2 5 1 19
20 Finland Markus Palttala Belgium Prospeed Competition 3 1.5 4 6 4 18.5
21 Italy Andrea Piccini United Kingdom CR Scuderia Racing 7.5 8 15.5
22 Canada Chris Niarchos United Kingdom CR Scuderia Racing 4 2 7.5 1.5 15
23= Brazil Jaime Melo Italy AF Corse 13 13
23= Finland Mika Salo Italy AF Corse 13 13
23= Italy Fabrizio Del Monte Switzerland Kessel Racing 1 1 2 6 1 2 13
26 Finland Mikael Forsten Belgium Prospeed Competition 3 1.5 4 4 12.5
27 Australia Alex Davison Belgium Prospeed Competition 10 10
28= Czech Republic Jiří Janák Czech Republic K plus K Motorsport 8 8
28= Germany Tim Bergmeister Czech Republic K plus K Motorsport 8 8
28= United Kingdom James Sutton United Kingdom CR Scuderia Racing 5 3 8
31 United Kingdom Gordon Shedden United Kingdom CR Scuderia Racing 7.5 7.5
32= Italy Andrea Palma Switzerland Kessel Racing 6 6
32= France Gilles Vannelet Switzerland Kessel Racing 6 6
34= Germany Dirk Müller United Kingdom CR Scuderia Racing 5 5
34= Italy Maurizio Mediani Switzerland Kessel Racing 5 5
36= Austria Richard Lietz France IMSA Performance Matmut
Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton
4.5
 
4.5
36= United States Patrick Long France IMSA Performance Matmut 4.5 4.5
36= France Raymond Narac France IMSA Performance Matmut 4.5 4.5
39 Italy Ferdinando Monfardini United Kingdom Scuderia Ecosse 3 3
40= Argentina José Manuel Balbiani Italy BMS Scuderia Italia 2 2
40= United Kingdom Tim Sugden United Kingdom CR Scuderia Racing
United Kingdom Trackspeed Racing
1
 
 
1
2
42= Germany Wolf Henzler Belgium Prospeed Competition 1.5 1.5
42= Monaco Geoffroy Horion Belgium Prospeed Competition 1.5 1.5
44= United Kingdom David Ashburn United Kingdom Trackspeed Racing 1 1
44= United Kingdom Richard Williams United Kingdom Trackspeed Racing 1 1
44= Germany Dominik Farnbacher Italy AF Corse 1 1
44= Italy Nicola Cadei Switzerland Kessel Racing 1 1
48= New Zealand Craig Baird Australia Juniper Racing 0.5 0.5
48= Australia Rodney Forbes Australia Juniper Racing 0.5 0.5
48= Australia Shaun Juniper Australia Juniper Racing 0.5 0.5
48= Australia Max Twigg Australia Juniper Racing 0.5 0.5

Citation Cup standings[edit]

The Citation Cup, which was limited to non-professional drivers competing in GT1 cars,[2] did not include the Spa 24 Hours (Round 6) and the San Luis 2 Hours (Round 10).

Pos Driver Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Total
1= Belarus Alexander Talkanitsa Austria AT Racing 10 10 20
1= Germany Wolfgang Kaufmann Austria AT Racing 10 10 20
3= Slovakia Miro Konopka Slovakia Autoracing Club Bratislava 8 8
3= United Kingdom Sean Edwards Slovakia Autoracing Club Bratislava 8 8

Team & driver changes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIA confirms future FIA GT plans and 2008 calendar". planetlemans.com. 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  2. ^ Citation Cup Rules Retrieved from fiagt.com on 4 October 2008

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