Maserati At The ‘Ring
Maserati has officially announced that it will participate in the
Nürburgring 24 Hours – which once again runs on the same
weekend as Le Mans.
Two ‘official’ cars will be fielded
by the Maserati R&D Factory Team: a GranSport “Laboratorio”
and a GranSport Trofeo. They will compete in the “DMSB E1XP”
and the “24h Special” classes respectively.
Andrea Bertolini, Michael Bartels, Eric van de Poele
and Gianni Giudici will share the GranSport “Laboratorio”,
while the GranSport Trofeo will be driven by Jacques Laffite, journalists
Patrick Hong and Richard Meaden - plus Gianni Giudici.
Both cars will run on Pirelli rubber.
Claudio Berro, Director of Maserati Corse: “The
setting up of the “R&D Factory Team” is proof that
Maserati is trying to test in race conditions the most innovative
technologies to be applied on future models.”
Laboratorio was developed using the GranSport GT3 as a base, “
said technical director Giorgio Ascanelli. “Some changes have
been made to bring it into line with DMSB-24 Hours of Nürburgring
regulations. It was created in just a few months thanks to the cutting
edge planning system and the vast experience gained in GT competition.
The GranSport Trofeo, on the other hand, is very close to the standard
model and in such a kind of race it will go through a tough challenge.
However, this is what Maserati is looking for.”
It was at Nürburgring
that Maserati scored some of the most important wins in its history
– three of them in the 1000 kilometres:
1956 Moss-Behra-Taruffi-Schell (300S)
1960 Moss-Gurney (‘Birdcage Type 61)
1961 Gregory-Cassner (‘Birdcage’ Type 61).