He finished tenth but it was like a win for him. This was how Fabrizio Macchitella felt as he stepped out of the Trofeo after the first of two races this weekend in Spain.
Alessandro Chionna, 2011 Team champion together with Cedric Sbirrazzuoli, was facing a whole new track at Jarama.
All eyes were on Renaud Kuppens after he caught the eye in qualifying.
Seventh across the line and Giuseppe Fascicolo brought an end to a race in which his main worry was tyre pressure.
After an excellent display in yesterday's qualifying session, everyone expected Garelli to secure a place just off the podium. As things turned out, a difficult start made his race a real test.
He probably could not have imagined a debut like it even though Richard Denny has some track experience.
Alberto Vescovi, one of the friendliest and most charismatic drivers from the first Maserati Trofeo, made a comeback to the world series after a stint in the Trofeo Middle East.
Giorgio Sernagiotto (1st): “It was a great race and one where I drove on the limit all the way through, especially early on when Dromedari did really well to keep up with me.
Riccardo Romagnoli (1st): "The track was really slippery because of the rain. This caused me a few problems in finding the ideal racing line.
Sbai, from WTCC to the Trofeo: He is one of the three drivers from Morocco who have decided to compete in this season's Trofeo Maserati World Series.