Twelve sensational Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo race cars hit the track for the official pre-season test for the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK series at Yas Marina Circuit this weekend.
Regional gentlemen drivers from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Kuwait joined drivers from Europe to test the 488bhp 4.7-litre engined Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo race cars for the first time.
Throughout a full day of on-track sessions, the 15 drivers had the opportunity to experience the performance and handling characteristics of the car on Yas Marina’s technical South Circuit that passes under the Yas Hotel. They also practised two dry-run race starts to prepare them for the first race.
Mohammed Jawa from Saudi Arabia is looking forward to the first race in Bahrain in two weeks’ time. “I thought the car was fantastic, I adapted very quickly to its downforce, weight and power – which are all very different to cars I have raced in the past. This is my first time racing in a GT car.”
Jawa is racing in the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK series with other members of GR8 Racing Team who are based in Saudi Arabia. ‘We were attracted to the series because all the cars are the same, so this will guarantee close competition between all of the drivers. It’s 100% down to the driver, not who has the best technical team or setup. It’s truly arrive and drive which is very good for a driver as you just have to focus on driving, Maserati look after everything else.”
The Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK series consists of a six-weekend, 12-race programme across the Middle East region with races taking place at Formula One circuits in Bahrain and the UAE, plus Losail in Qatar and the Dubai Autodrome. Drivers signed up for the series receive a tailored Maserati race suit plus VIP hospitality for themselves and guests at each race weekend.
Each driver is allocated a car to race for the full series with support from their own dedicated mechanic to ensure the car is primed and ready for every race. Drivers are provided with tyres and fuel for each race weekend, plus have full technical backing of engineers from the Maserati Corse factory in Italy.
Umberto Cini, Managing Director of Maserati Middle East & Africa, is proud to have brought the Maserati Trofeo series to the Middle East. “After nearly a year of preparation behind the scenes, we are now ready to bring the most exciting and electrifying race series in the Middle East region. This weekend’s official pre-season test at Yas Marina gave just a glimpse of the close battles we can expect over the next four months as all the drivers are very closely matched on the circuit.”
The first round of the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK series is the headline race of Bahrain International Circuit’s Speed Weekend which takes place from December 2nd-3rd. The series returns to Bahrain on the 6th and 7th of January, before visiting Yas Marina three weeks later (January 26th-27th).
Round 4 takes place at Losail Circuit in Qatar on February 16th-17th, with the final two rounds happening in the UAE at the Dubai Autodrome on March 2nd-3rd and the season finale at Yas Marina Circuit on March 22nd-23rd.
Fans will be able to keep up to date with all the action from the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK series through www.maseraticorse.com and Maserati Middle East & Africa’s facebook page at facebook.com/MaseratiME. Live race reports and paddock action will be available through the official Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK twitter account @TrofeoJBFRAK.
The Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK series is open to anyone with an interest in motorsport – even if they have never raced before. An all-inclusive package is offered to drivers that will provide a hassle-free racing experience that covers all costs involved in racing and logistics between each race circuit.