Precision driving, teamwork and a little good luck played a big part in Corvette C5R's victory during the China round of the FIA GT Championship at the Zhuhai International Circuit yesterday. Corvette were making their debut in Zhuhai but the circuit suited the car perfectly as the team sped to victory to record their second victory in the series after their earlier success in Imola, Italy in May. The three-man team of Belgians Bert Longin and Anthony Kumpen and Dutchman Mike Hezemans proved too strong for a world-class field that included some of the finest sportcars in the world. Second were the Ferrari 550M team of Portuguese Pedro Lamy and Switzerland's Gabriele Gardel, who finished 7.160 seconds behind the winners for Larbre Competition of France. 'We won as a team and we showed our strengths in the pit stops and we didn't make any mistakes,'' said Kumpen, who started the three-hour race for Corvette. 'I had quite a good start and almost immediately I overtook the Ferrari [550 Maranello] and it was a very good race for us,'' said the Belgian racer. Longin was equally delighted with the Corvette's victory, beating the more fancied Ferraris and Maseratis, who had to play second fiddle as Corvette completed 110 laps in three hours and 21.567 seconds. 'I had quite a good middle stint and my lap times were consistent. I was second and then I took the lead. The tyres were quite good and my lap times were very good. All in all, we did a very good job,'' said Longin. Hezemans, who finished the race for Corvette, was delighted with his team's second win of the season, saying they were looking good for Dubai and Bahrain in the remaining two races of the series. 'I don't know why but we always do well in hot weather and there's going to be hot weather in Dubai and Bahrain. For some reason, the Corvette always does well in this kind of weather,' said Hezemans, whose team blazed to glory in sunny conditions. 'We won in Imola earlier this year and we had the best car in the race. The circuit suits our car because Zhuhai is a braking circuit. The Corvette is very good on the brakes and we didn't have much weight to carry, too. That's why we were so fast. Slippery surfaces also help because our tyres are very good and it suits our car.' Third in the race was the Maserati MC12 driven by Germans Michael Bartels and Timo Scheider, who were representing Vitaphone Racing Team. They finished one minute and 19.589 seconds behind the race winners. Last year, the Maserati MC12 dominated, but they were no match for the Corvette this time in round nine of the 11-round series. The big disappointment of the meeting were newcomers, Aston Martin DBR9, who broke Maserati's MC12's qualifying lap record on Saturday, only to retire from the race after just 12 laps. Russian driver Nikolai Fomenko had crashed the car on turn 10 in Saturday's afternoon qualifying session and the car might have sustained too much damage to make their presence felt in the race.