Ever since having the pleasure of racing a Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo during last seasons UAE GT Championship, we’ve been itching with excitement with regards to the full on one-make Championship. News about the series broke formally just before the beginning of the crazy Middle Eastern summer and since then, the team at Maserati have been in full swing to get all the planning, logistics and cars ready to rock.

So it is with a fair amount of childish excitement that we bring you images of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo race cars currently being packed up from the Maserati Corse factory in Italy and about to embark on the journey to the Middle East.

Here’s looking forward to hearing these monsters pounding the tracks of the Middle East from November >>>

 

Press Release >>>

Excitement in the region is building for the arrival of the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK series. A full grid of Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo race cars is currently being packed up from the Maserati Corse factory in Italy and about to embark on its journey to the Middle East. After a successful and action-packed series of racing, the Trofeo Maserati is making its debut outside of Europe with the launch of the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK this November.
All cars have been given a clean bill of health by the expert mechanics and technicians in Italy before being loaded for transport to the region. Once the cars land in the Middle East, they will be transferred to the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK technical partner’s base in the UAE. There, they will be given another full check prior to the pre-season test, which takes place at the Dubai Autodrome on November 19th.
This will be the first time the field of Gentlemen Drivers get the chance to experience the sensation of driving the Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo alongside other cars on a Middle East circuit. The Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo is developed from the successful GranTurismo S road car. Its design and setup is tuned for the track and has proved to be a formidable racer in the Middle East and Europe.
Drivers from across the Middle East will race against each other over a full series of rounds, which take place at the region’s most prestigious circuits. In addition to the pre-season test and races at the Dubai Autodrome, the series will visit Losail Circuit in Qatar and the Formula One tracks of Bahrain International Circuit and Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Umberto Cini, Managing Director for Maserati Middle East & Africa, cannot wait for the series to begin. “We began the journey to bring the Maserati Trofeo to the Middle East over a year ago and I am looking forward to seeing the cars in action here. We hope to see some exciting battles out on track over the course of the 12 races and bring a sense of glamour to motorsport in the region that only Maserati can deliver.”
The Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK series is open to anyone with a passion for motorsport, even if they have never raced before. Maserati has developed a unique ‘ride-and-drive’ formula that includes the use of a race car, full provision of tyres and fuel plus a comprehensive VIP hospitality package.

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Phil McGovern

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