Η Maserati ανακοίνωσε τη αγωνιστική έκδοση της Gran Turismο για τη φετινό πρωτάθλημα MC Trofeo το οποίο ξεκινά αυτές της ημέρες. Το φετινό αυτοκίνητο διαθέτει ένα νέο bodykit που βελτιώνει την αεροδυναμική ενώ παράλληλα έχει χάσει και βάρος που βελτιώνει τον χρόνο ενός γύρου στη πίστα της Vallelunga κατά 2.5 δευτερόλεπτα.
Τα προηγούμενα πρωταθλήματα γινόταν μόνο επί ευρωπαϊκού εδάφους, αλλά πλέον η Maserati ανακοίνωσε ότι αγώνες θα γίνονται στη Μέση Ανατολή (βλέπε Αραβικά Εμιράτα), στην πίστα Infineon Raceway της Καλιφόρνια της Αμερικής καθώς επίσης και στη πίστα της Σανγκάη στη Κίνα.
MASERATI TROFEO MC WORLD SERIES, JARAMA (E), 19-20 MAY 2012
The new Maserati Trofeo begins in Spain
Modena, 18 May 2012 – The 3850 metre-long Jarama circuit, in Spain, will stage the opening round of the 2012 Maserati Trofeo MC World Series. This year the calendar will include an event in the United States (Infineon, 23 September) and in China (Shanghai, 4 November). The six-race series will also include rounds at Portimao (3 June), Imola (24 June) and Paul Ricard (22 July).
The series appeals to gentlemen drivers from all around the world and will be even more interesting this time round given the rule changes and new technical regulations that Maserati has introduced. The GranTurismo MC Trofeo now boasts a new, lighter, aerodynamic set up that improves the car’s performance.
The drivers will all be out to catch David Baldi, the 2011 champion, while the teams will also be up against each other in an Overall Classification as well as going for the Team title.
All the cars that compete in the Trofeo are prepared by a group of dedicated technicians to ensure that they have the same performance levels. Private teams can enter their own cars in 2010, 2011 or 2012 spec but must meet the homologation rules and technical requirements laid down by Maserati. The data analysis session provided by Maserati engineers has also been confirmed for the upcoming season.
There will be 25 crews from 12 countries lining up for the first round. Entrants hail from Belgium, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Monaco, San Marino, Australia, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates and Denmark.
Video clips will be available in the days following the races at www.thenewsmarket.com with in-depth reports and driver interviews published on the www.maseraticorse.com website.
RMC (Radio Monte Carlo) is the Trofeo’s media partner. Each round of the championship will be presented on the weekly RMC motori and RMC ‘Music & Sport’ slots. For more information, updates, interviews, a photogallery and videos, visit the Blog Sport section at www.radiomontecarlo.net.
Eurosport channel will transmit highlights of the track action in the week following the races.
The Trofeo Maserati on the world stage
The new Maserati Trofeo MC World Series is ready to go. Now in its third year, Maserati’s single-make series has made a number of big changes for 2012, the biggest of which have been to the race calendar. Now, the European boundaries have been broken with events programmed for the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, and the F1 circuit in Shanghai, China. The championship can now be called truly ‘global’.
Maserati will take care of running the series. The all-inclusive format suits gentleman drivers and those who want to race high-performance cars from a marque that has long been associated with motor racing.
The 2012 season officially gets underway with this weekend’s tests at Vallelunga to kick off a series won by David Baldi last year. The two test days will see around forty drivers from twelve countries trying out the new car. There will be drivers from Italy, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, England, Germany, Monaco, San Marino, Hungary and the United Arab Emirates taking part.
As things stand, there are 20 crews enrolled, including three teams, AF Corse, Swiss Team and Konvex Racing, which battled it out for the title last year. There are also lots of drivers who have stayed loyal to the Maserati series, like Cedric Sbirrazzuoli, who last year scooped the Team title along with Alessandro Chionna, and Renaud Kuppens (who has competed in the FIA GT). Among the newcomers are Giorgio Sernagiotto/Giuseppe Fascicolo (ex-Ferrari Challenge), Riccardo Ragazzi/Alan Simoni (ex-Italian GT), Andrea Dromedari/Max Pigoli (ex-Superstars International), Tiziano Cappelletti (Italian GT4 champion).
The first round in the series is scheduled for 20 May at Jarama, Spain. It is then on to Portimao, Portugal, on 3 June, Imola (Italy) on 24 June, and Paul Ricard (France) on 22 July. Then come the two events that wrap up the season: in North America, on 23 September, and Asia on 4 November.
The GranTurismo MC’s new set up, featuring an aerodynamic bodykit and reduced weight, will make it more competitive. During test sessions held during the winter break, the car showed that its performance was much better as it lapped at an average of 2.5 seconds quicker than the 2011 version. The 2012 races are also new, with two formats to be run: the standard 40 minute event will be run for three rounds with the other three rounds made up of endurance races of two 30 minute and one 50 minute event. The 50 minute races will feature a compulsory pit stop and driver change for cars crewed by two drivers.
The regulations have also been tweaked: as well as the usual division between Trofeo and Team standings, this year will see the introduction of an Absolute classification. All the drivers can compete for a place in these new standings with the winning team or driver being crowned the 2012 Maserati Trofeo MC World Series champion.
All the cars that appear in the Trofeo are made track-ready by a dedicated team of technicians to ensure that the drivers race on a level playing field. Private teams can take part with cars set up in line with 2010, 2011 or 2012 spec. However, private cars have to meet homologation criteria and Maserati’s technical requirements. The data analysis session with Maserati engineers has also been confirmed.
The cost of competing in the Trofeo series is €110.000, plus the race entry and test fees. €70.000 (excluding fees) ensures participation in the four European stages. For private teams fielding their own cars, the cost is €35.000 (excluding fees) for the entire championship and €25.000 (excluding fees) for the European legs only.
Maserati’s track programme will also see an indirect competition with a Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo GT3 from Swiss Team. The Swiss squad’s GT3 will make its first track outing at Jarama in the Spanish GT and will then go on to appear in the GT Open. Incidentally, Swiss Team contributed to developing the Trofeo 2012’s kit.
Winter saw the first ever Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK. The Maserati single-make series was held exclusively in the Middle East over six gripping rounds. Races took place on the F1 tracks in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Bahrain with Lebanese driver Joe Ghanem eventually coming out on top.
The list of partners and official suppliers to the 2012 Maserati Trofeo MC World Series includes the confirmation of Pirelli and Sparco and the entry of new companies like Bower & Wilkins, Maserati Time, Kuehne + Nagel, Audes, Performance 1 and Bontour.