Up until the running of the endurance race, the Chinese weekend had not been kind to Mauro Calamia. The Swiss Team driver is, without a doubt, one of the fastest and most spectacular in the series but was, once again, the victim of bad luck.
Despite the smiles for the many Chinese fans who surrounded him to ask for an autograph, Patrick Gobbo was disappointed at letting a podium place slip away. The young Italian failed to spot the board calling him into the pits for his compulsory stop. The delay in handing over to team-mate Cola saw their pre-race strategy fall apart.
Gianfranco Boccellari was pleasantly surprised by the hospitality that Maserati reserved for its drivers at Shanghai. The on-track organisation, support events, press briefings and the presentation to the Chinese public all made a positive impression on the Trofeo participants.
Maserati’s Shanghai weekend was an extraordinary success with the fans and the marque’s enthusiasts. The highlight came on the Sunday when 400 guests and more than a thousand people enjoyed the thrills of race day in the single-make series.
Ange Barde: "I am pleased to have finished this race and I did it in the best possible way by making the top of the podium. On the other two occasions, be it down to bad luck or clashing with other drivers, I was forced to retire. The win is even more special and came in front of lots of friends who came here to support me".
Alexander Wensky crossed the line in 22nd place but is content at his GT progress.
Alan Simoni (1° Overall): “The overall leaders were all packed together at the start. The only one missing was Barde and I don’t know what happened to him as I left him behind (he retired with a puncture, ed). It was an exceptional race; absolutely fantastic. I chased Mac and Kuppens early on and really felt it was going to be my day.
He is one of this year’s most improved drivers but Adrian De Leener failed to finish in the top five in Race 2. The Belgian shares the drive with Cedric Sbirrazzuoli and saw his hopes dashed at the start, even though ninth is not such a bad showing.
Andrea Gardelli and Fabio Venier, will be wondering what they have to do for their luck to turn. Two races, two retirements and their only consolation is having been in the top five on both occasions.
Patrick Gobbo’s attacking race came to an early end but he was not too downbeat.