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Race

Spa-Francorchamps - BELGIUM
25/07/2009

Sixth place in race 2 for the GranTurismo MC

25/07/2009 - Spa-Francorchamps
It has been a very satisfying first weekend of racing for the new Maserati GranTurismo MC.

After yesterday’s splendid podium spot, this morning’s 9.00 race saw the car driven by Sbirrazzuoli-Casè finish in sixth.

The race has held under brooding skies and on a dry track; the rain started to come down only towards the end.
After losing a place at the start, Lorenzo Casè recovered to take two positions and hand over to Cèdric Sbirrazzuoli in sixth. The young driver from Monaco defended this place well in the second half of the race and was still in this spot when he crossed the finish line. In this eighth round of the series, the GranTurismo MC surprised everyone with its lap times that matched the best of the bunch.

This debut weekend’s results have confirmed the car’s enormous potential. “A new car that has caused us no problems whatsoever for the whole weekend”, was the praise from the drivers. The GranTurismo MC showed it was reliable, handled well and was very well balanced. Things bode well for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

The Maserati GranTurismo MC climbs the podium

24/07/2009 - Spa-Francorchamps
After difficult qualifying practices due to the wrong choice of tires, AF Corse team's Maserati started out from thirteenth place with Sbirrazzuoli at the wheel.

Lap after lap, he increased the rhythm and gained positions up to sixth place. At the twelfth lap, the young Monte Carlo driver drove into the pit stop to switch drivers, giving up the wheel to Lorenzo Casè. The experienced Italian driver then executed a sequence of fast laps that enabled him to quickly close the gap from contenders in front of him and overtake a few of them to reach the fourth position.
In an intense finale, Casè managed to arrive at less than two seconds behind Michael Mallock (Aston Martin GT4) who, thanks also to the fact that the two leaders of the race left the scene, was the first one to go under the checkered flag, just in front of the Italian driver.

The excellent potential of the newest Trident car, which the drivers described as "competitive, well balanced, easy to drive and extremely fast at the curves", is therefore confirmed at the racetrack.

The two Maserati Trofeos from Team Giudici also achieved a good result: Gianni Giudici got seventh place and tenth place was claimed by Andrea Perlini.

Race 2 of the GT4 European Cup, round 8 of the series, will start at 9:00 am tomorrow and will last 40 minutes.