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.”

“The GranSport 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).

 

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