Maserati GT2 Racing Car Set for Debut Race at Paul Ricard Circuit


Maserati GT2 Racing Car Set for Debut Race at Paul Ricard Circuit

Italian automaker Maserati is gearing up for its highly anticipated return to GT racing as its new GT2 car is set to make its competition debut at the final round of the GT2 European Series at Paul Ricard. The Italian squad LP Racing will field the Maserati GT2, with drivers Leonardo Gorini and Luca Pirri at the wheel.

This marks a significant moment for Maserati as it returns to the GT racing scene, following the success of its MC12 GT1, which concluded its title-winning campaign in the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship.

Maserati recently made its presence felt in motorsport by taking over the Venturi Formula E team and unveiling a racing version of its MC20 sportscar at the Spa 24 Hours in June. The GT2 racer is powered by the same three-liter twin-turbocharged Nettuno V6 engine found in the road-going model and has undergone extensive development by Italian company YCOM, led by managing director Nicola Scimeca, who was also the head designer on the MC12 project for Dallara.

The GT2’s lead test driver, Andrea Bertolini, brings a wealth of experience from the MC12 era, having clinched four titles spanning the FIA GT and GT1 World Championship during six seasons with the iconic model.

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LP Racing, which has been competing with three Audi R8 LMS GT2 cars this season in the SRO-run championship for pro-am lineups, sees this opportunity with Maserati as a chance to be part of the brand’s GT racing comeback.

LP Racing team boss Pirri expressed his excitement, stating, “We have followed the project and the development from the beginning, and we immediately decided to become a part of the great comeback of Maserati to GT racing.”

Pirri’s co-driver, Gorini, has been a series regular and is a strong contender in the 2023 Am class title race.

After two days of testing, Pirri praised the GT2’s user-friendliness and its incredible potential. He believes the Maserati GT2 will find success with a diverse range of drivers.

In addition to the GT2 debut, Maserati also unveiled the MCXtrema, a track day-only variant of the MC20, promising even more power than the GT2 thanks to new turbochargers.


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