Lime Rock: Maserati Saturday report

Maserati qualified 4th in class and 9th overall for The New England Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park taking place on Monday, July 4. During the practice session just prior to qualifying the team tested several suspension settings in...

Maserati qualified 4th in class and 9th overall for The New England Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park taking place on Monday, July 4. During the practice session just prior to qualifying the team tested several suspension settings in order to maximize performance in certain important sections of the circuit. Ultimately the team was satisfied to consistently run lap times in the 51 second range. The driver for the qualifying session was Andrea Bertolini.

Overall pole position was taken by the number 1 Champion Audi in LMP1.

Maserati competes with an MC12 in compliance with the rules of IMSA and matches FIA GT1 specifications. The team will not score points for the ALMS Championship. The drivers are Italians Andrea Bertolini - Ferrari-Maserati official tester and Fabio Babini.

The New England Grand Prix will start on Monday July 4, May 22 at 3pm and complete at

6 pm. Live television coverage is provided by Speed Channel in the United States and Motors TV in Europe.

Claudio Berro: "This is a new track for both the drivers and the team. Given where we qualified, race strategy will be particularly important. It is difficult to overtake on this circuit, so we must have a very well executed race.

Andrea Bertolini: "The car feels good; the Pirelli tires are performing in a steady manner, allowing us to concentrate on this very technical circuit. We have gotten the lap times consistently in the 51second range. Turn seven is the key to turning a fast lap. I believe the team has found the right set up to make sure we are competitive. "

The participation of Maserati in the ALMS has been made possible thanks to the fundamental co-operation of important partners, including Pirelli and team Risi Competizione, that support Maserati logistically. The MC12 is using Pirelli Racing P Zero tires, developed in 2004 and currently used on an exclusive basis in the FIA GT Championship. The successful cooperation between Maserati and Pirelli continues in the American Le Mans Series.

-www.maseraticorse.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Fabio Babini , Andrea Bertolini
Teams Risi Competizione