Team Goh Maserati Update
Whilst an official GT Association statement confirmed yesterday,
Monday, that the Team Goh Maserati MC12 will not contest the opening
round of the Super GT series this weekend at Suzuka, the reality
appears to be that Team Goh will not now contest the 2006 championship.
The core reason
appears to centre around the aerodynamic disadvantage inherent in
the MC12 against the factory GT500 cars, a team source explaining
that in corners faster than 175km/h the Maserati has a major disadvantage,
losing a full half second to the Nissans, Lexus and Hondas through
turns 1 & 2 at Suzuka for instance, and a further half second
through the famous 130R.
cars' more aggressive front splitters and diveplanes, together with
a more radical floor than the flat floored Italian supercar, are
currently just too much of a disadvantage and with the required
aerodynamic work (including considerable wind tunnel work) requiring
a major further investment that would certainly take a number of
weeks to complete, it seems certain that the privateer Team Goh
will withdraw the car.
The task of
course is made even more taxing with the factory teams allowed to
run a development car throughout the season: the resources available
to the Maserati squad would, quite simply be not enough to counter
their potentially crushing advantage. It’s an issue that the
GT association seem increasingly concerned with as they acknowledge
the near impossibility of an FIA spec car being competitive in the
current climate, a situation that perhaps bodes ill for the medium
term health of a series that relies heavily on manufacturer patronage.
There is further
bad news with the suggestion that a potential move across to
the ALMS with the car now looks certain not to
come about, the timing of the decision to withdraw the car from
Super GT forcing the team to miss Sebring and a Championship
campaign in the USA is therefore not now an option.