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Shanghai - CHN

China celebrates the Maserati Trofeo

The circuit of Shanghai, China, brought down the curtain on the 2012 Maserati Trofeo MC World Series. At the end of six gripping rounds held in three continents, (Europe, America and Asia) it was Renaud Kuppens, from Konvex Motorsport, who took the title. The season has been a remarkable one for the Belgian as he claimed the Overall and Team crowns, the award for notching up the most pole positions as well as pocketing the Trofeo Europa.

The year of intense racing saw an average of 24 cars line up at Jarama, Portimao, Imola, Paul Ricard, Sonoma and, fittingly, the cutting-edge Formula 1 circuit of Shanghai. In all 25 Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeos lined up and 35 drivers from 15 countries (Italy, Morocco, Singapore, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Belgium, Monaco, Australia, Venezuela, Austria, Switzerland and China) took part. The final round was held in China; a first for this single-make series but not for Maserati: in 2004, 2005 and 2007 the Maserati MC12 turned out here in the FIA GT.

The last race in the championship was won by Giorgio Sernagiotto. He profited from Kuppens' puncturing when leading by a healthy margin. In second finished Alan Simoni, ahead of Mathijs Bakker - taking his first pole of the season. Fourth went to Azcarate and fifth to Andreas Segler.

The Maserati Trofeo MC World Series closing ceremony was held at the Maserati Pudong Downtown Showroom, the marque's home in Shanghai. As well as Kuppens, awards were bestowed on: Riccardo Ragazzi/Alan Simoni (Trofeo), Richard Denny (Over 50), Adrien De Leener (Under 30), Eric Lo e Shaun Thong (Best Asian Drivers).

There was huge interest in a marque as famous as Maserati over the entire weekend, one on which the company organised a packed press conference at the circuit's hospitality suite. Clients were also able to try out models from the current range and visit the exhibition spaces devoted to merchandising, an area enriched by the inclusion of a few choice cars, among them a Maserati GranCabrio Fendi. The enthusiasm for Maserati here is backed up by the figures with China now ranking as the marque second-biggest market after the US.

Eurosport will transmit highlights of the two Maserati Trofeo races from China during its 'Motorsport weekend' programme. The show will go out this evening (Sunday) at 23.30 with a 26-minute highlights package to be shown on Thursday 8 November at 18.15 on Eurosport 2.

 

RACE RESULTS 2

#DRIVERTIME
01Giorgio Sernagiotto40:41.630
02Alan Simoni+13.038
03Mathijs Bakker+14.761
04Justino Azcarate+49.722
05Andreas Segler+53.381
06Shaun Thong+1:11.304
07Larbi Tadlaoui+1:28.112
08Per Nielsen+1:29.383
09Pierre De Leener+1:29.659
10Eric Cheung+1:30.729

RACE RESULTS 1

#DRIVERTIME
01Riccardo Ragazzi40:49.649
02Renaud Kuppens+1.126
03Ange Barde+5.088
04Mathijs Bakker+16.071
05Justino Azcarate+46.361
06Eric Lo+52.804
07Giuseppe Fascicolo+1:00.982
08Andreas Segler+1:22.258
09Richard Denny+1:23.119
10Eric Chheung+1:30.566

STARTING GRID 2

#DRIVERTIME
01Cedric Sbirrazzuoli1:54.103
02Renaud Kuppens+0.351
03Riccardo Ragazzi +0.524
04Max Pigoli+0.948
05Ange Barde+0.990
06Andrea Gardelli+1.161
07Mathijs Bakker+2.289
08Giuseppe Fascicolo+2.317
09Richard Denny+2.549
10Justino Azcarate+2.611

STARTING GRID 1

#DRIVERTIME
01Renaud Kuppens1:54.048
02Giorgio Sernagiotto +0.027
03Fabio Venier+0.530
04Andrea Dromedari+0.953
05Alan Simoni+0.965
06Ange Barde+1.042
07Mathijs Bakker+1.087
08Shaun Thong +2.374
09Justino Azcarate +2.518
10Andreas Segler +2.830

PIT & PADDOCK

04/11/2012

Comments
Justino Azcarate: “I am over the moon at what were two fine results."

04/11/2012

Press conference
Giorgio Sernagiotto (1st Overall, 1st Trofeo): "Winning is always a great feeling, especially so on a circuit as spectacular as this one.

04/11/2012

Comments after race 1
Riccardo Ragazzi: "At the start I was lucky enough to make the most of a clash between Sbirrazzuoli and Pigoli.

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