Maserati at Upcoming GT4 Championships
The Competition102 GT4 European Series is a competitive, multi-model championship for amateurs and professional drivers. With six race weekends in six countries, it features some of the most exciting racing in Europe. Its lower cost (GT3 is up to four times more expensive to enter) brings a nice cross-section of amateur and pro competitors. Heating up this year’s race is Maserati’s return to the GT cadet category, which hasn’t happened since 2009.
The entrance is a result of positive experience in the “test races” of 2015 Misano and Laguna Seca, and at Road America. “The updated European GT4 series is an excellent opportunity for Maserati and all those teams and clients who would like to race with a marque steeped in character and history,” said Roberto Bozzi, sales and marketing motorsport manager of Maserati “The budget is accessible and the series highly competitive and professional.” The cars will be driven by private teams, not company-employed drivers.
Getting Ready for the Races
The company announced that more than 20 cars and 10 teams will race. The teams are responsible for making the tweaks necessary to bring the cars in line with the race category’s regulations. Such regulations include reducing power output from 488 horsepower to 430 and a newly designed rear spoiler and modified diffuser to bring the vehicles in line with the competition.
Drivers of the Maserati vehicles include:
- Nick Mancuso
- Jeff Courtney
- Gianmarco Raimundo
- Freddie Hunt
- Derek Hill
- Patrick Byrne
- Vafa Kordestani
Mancuso is a fan favorite, having done well in June’s Road America, coming in sixth out of a field of 21. He currently ranks eighth in overall Maserati standings with 32 points.
Jeff Courtney recently celebrated a victory in the Trofeo Maserati North America, a single-make series.
Derek Hill and Freddie Hunt, sons of World Driving Champions Phil Hill and James Hunt, had a banner 2015 driving the Maserati Trofeo cars during the US Rounds of the racing season. Hill was an impressive seventh out of 27 in Monterey.
Maserati Racing Academy
Maserati will be offering its own incentive programs for best Maserati driver and team.
If racing a Maserati has long been one of your dreams, you can experience the thrill at the annual Maserati Racing Academy. The course is run by professional instructors and is aimed at training new drivers. Classroom sessions are followed by wet and dry track driving. Maserati evaluates the drivers on steering wheel handling, braking, and acceleration. This academy serves as an unofficial training ground for Maserati racing, so it’s not for your average driver.
The two best drivers in the 2015 class won the chance to compete in the first round of the Maserati Trofeo, now in its sixth year. The 2015 Trofeo race featured a new race format and three new international race tracks.
If you live in or near Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, Ormond Beach, Port Orange, or New Smyrna Beach, you needn’t audition for the Racing Academy nor be content with enjoying Maserati sports cars from the sidelines. Pick up your own Maserati at Maserati Alfa Romeo of Daytona, minus the spoiler, a few horses, and a lucrative sponsorship.