One of the most eagerly-awaited moments of the Trofeo Maserati awards ceremony was when news broke about the 2014 Trofeo calendar.
It was like a scene from A Thousand and One Nights. Perhaps this is a slight exaggeration but it provides an idea of the stage Maserati prepared to celebrate a memorable 2013 season. The splendid, futuristic Yas Marina circuit hosted a gala evening to pay homage to the championship's stars after an intense year.
Overgaard drove well and made up seven places. He promised to return to Abu Dhabi where he enjoyed an amazing experience.
The tenth place earned by Stefano Zanini and Piero Foglio pleased the Monaco-based driver. “We finally got our hands on the car, one I had never driven on this track”, reflected Zanini. “We struggled a bit before but our aim was to finish in the top ten and we did it.
The Abu Dhabi meet saw another family team line up alongside the De Leeners.
Making his debut in a Maserati, Massimo Mantovani, the seasoned GT3 driver, showed that he was an able replacement for Alberto Cola. Mantovani’s experience was helpful for the young Patrick Gobbo at Abu Dhabi.
Nielsen ended the 2013 Trofeo Maserati season with sixteenth spot in Race 3. The result pleased the Dane as this was his first outing at Abu Dhabi.
An apprenticeship can vary in length but when the results produced are similar to those of Carlo Curti in Race 3, it is something special.
Ange Barde (1° Overall, 1° Trofeo): “I am pleased to have ended the year with another win; the third in succession if you just consider the endurance events. Today Renaud got off to a great start but then I did well to overtake him at the second turn and move into the lead
Bettini, making a Trofeo Maserati return, came home eleventh in Race 1, just missing out on the points.