Last week Maserati announced it would fold its one-make Maserati Trofeo series and homologate its GranTurismo MC racecar for GT4-spec competitions such as the Pirelli World Challenge. The automaker has already received word from established teams looking to field the car in the PWC, Sportscar365 reports, including Porsche team GTSport.
Boss of the GTSport squad Jack Baldwin attended the finale of the 2015 Maserati Trofeo series in Abu Dhabi last week to become more familiar with the car and the manufacturer. Baldwin, whose team formerly raced Porsche Caymans to a good degree of success, said he’s very close to making a decision in regards to the Maseratis.
“I think certainly by next week, we’d make a final decision on exactly what we’re going to do,” he told Sportscar365. “But our intention is to buy four cars.”
“We’ve already discussed that with them and had some very good discussions and taking a strong three-car effort into GTS next year.”
Baldwin believes the GranTurismo MC Stradale could be competitive in the PWC after a little bit of work. That work will have to be done in-house this year, though, as the team’s departure from Porsche means they will no longer work alongside Porsche specialists Goldcrest Motorsports on their racecars.
In addition to switching to a new manufacturer, GTSport has also parted ways with longtime driver Buz McCall. While the veteran driver may be back for select races in a fourth Maserati, Baldwin is currently searching for two drivers to fill the seats available in his planned three-car effort.