The picture of the teams who will appear in the 2016 Maserati GranTurismo MC is taking shape. For the past six seasons, the cars have turned out in the Maserati Trofeo, a series that ended at Abu Dhabi (UAE) last December.
The vehicles have now been purchased by private drivers and teams before being modified to bring them in line with GT4 regulations. The main stages on which the cars will appear next season include the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC), in North America, the Competition102 GT4 European Series, the Euroseries by Nova Race as well as national GT championships.
The first date on the calendar is 28/29 February at the Paul Ricard – Le Castellet circuit, France. The two-day session is organised by SRO, the official promoter, and will see the Balance of Performance (BoP) take place to define the GT4 cars' technical spec for the upcoming season.
The Squadre Clienti Maserati that will definitely appear in Europe, mainly in the Competition102 GT4 European Series, are Villorba Corse and Swiss Team. Scuderia Giudici is still deciding which series to enter while English outfit Ebor GT will compete in the British GT. Alongside these teams will be other, private, drivers who purchased a car and will line up for the occasional GT4 event, in one or more series.
Maserati will ensure technical support and trackside spares, both in Europe and the USA. This will give the teams the chance to compete on a level playing field.
The GranTurismo MC GT4 itself is pretty much unchanged compared to the Trofeo version: a 4.700cc V8 engine, an electro-actuated transmission featuring paddle-shift commands, and a dry weight of 1410 kg. The main modifications have been the addition of an air duct to reduce the engine's power by 35 hp, a newly-designed spoiler and a rear diffuser that has been tweaked to compromise its aerodynamic efficiency so that it conforms to GT4 rules.
The Ebor GT team stepped onto the podium for the first time this season in the British GT Championship with their Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4. The crew, Marcus Hoggarth and Abbie Eaton, achieved second place in the GT4 class race 2 (fourteenth overall) in the third round of the championship held on the Oulton Park circuit over the weekend of May 28th.
This result is proof of the progress the team has made and bodes well for forthcoming events such as the next round at Silverstone scheduled for June 11th.
The Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4 was up with the best in the second round of the British GT Championship. The Ebor GT team drivers Marcus Hoggarth and Abbie Eaton secured an awesome fourth place in the GT4 category, finishing fifteenth overall in the second round of the British championship season which took place at the Rockingham Motor Speedway on Sunday May 1st.
The Squadre Clienti Maserati had a fantastic showing at Monza on 23-24 April. The GranTurismo MC GT4s picked up two wins in the 2016 Competition102 GT4 European Series.
In Round 1, the scuderia Villorba Corse secured its debut win courtesy of the Anselmi/Sernagiotto crew before 2015 Maserati Trofeo World Series champion Romain Monti, from France, took race 2. In taking the title Monti also earned the chance to compete in a European championship race with Maserati staff providing back up.
The second 2016 event in the European calendar is Pau, France, on 14-15 May. The stage see Villorba Corse and Swiss Team cars competing, along with the drivers who have opted to link up with Maserati.
Maserati claimed both races at Monza in Round 1 of the Competition102 GT4 European Series. It was a fine achievement for the Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4s as they made their debut in this European Series in the best way possible. Race 1, held on Saturday afternoon, saw the Luca Anselmi-Giorgio Sernagiotto crew from Villorba Corse take the win. On Sunday, victory went to Romain Monti.
It turned out to be a fantastic weekend for the team from Veneto: they also celebrated Patrick Zamparini-Alessandro Fogliani's win in the AM category (fifth overall), the third spot claimed by Piotr Chodzen and the twelfth place secured by his son, Antoni, in Saturday's event.