Maserati has announced customer teams will compete in the European GT4 Series and the Pirelli World Challenge with its GranTursimo MC Stradale racecar in 2016. A total of 20 cars across 10 teams have already committed to the effort, taking delivery of the cars and making necessary tweaks to ensure they fall within GT4 regulations.
Test races were run in both the European GT4 Series and the PWC in 2015 in the MC Stradale racecar, however they were not eligible for points in either series. The cars still put in an impressive showing despite this, landing on the podium at Misano in the hands of Claudio Giudice and finishing a respectable sixth at Road America with Nick Mancuso behind the wheel.
“The Pirelli World Challenge, and the updated European GT4 series, is an excellent opportunity for Maserati and all those teams and clients who would like to race with marque steeped in character and history,” said marketing and motorsports manager at Maserati, Roberto Bozzi. “The budget is accessible and the series highly competitive and professional.”
Maserati will be tracking the results of its various customer teams in both series and is offering a special reward to the best Maserati driver and team. The automaker is remaining tight lipped as to what the incentive may be, however it plans to make an announcement in regards to the matter before the 2016 season kicks off.
“It is an incentive and recognition for drivers and teams that will again lead Maserati’s fight against top competition in the form of Porsche, Aston Martin and Chevrolet”, said Bozzi said.
The implementation of the customer GT4 race teams spells the end of Maserati’s one-make racing series, the Trofeo World Series, which is celebrating its season finale this week at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.