Maserati finished 5th in class and 11th overall at the third round of the American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio. The team faced a serious challenge starting from the back of the grid, due to a necessary tire change after qualifying.
Maserati finished 5th in class and 11th overall at the third round of the American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio. The team faced a serious challenge starting from the back of the grid, due to a necessary tire change after qualifying. Overall the heavy traffic created many on track incidents throughout the race two of which sealed today's results for Maserati. On lap 5 the nose of the car was damaged in an on track incident with a Dodge Viper. Although fault was in question, the team was assessed a stop and go penalty. The MC 12 was able to continue the race unaffected and was able to make up time getting as high as fourth position. Just at this point the car was pushed off course by one of the Champion Audi cars, which was called for a stop and go for avoidable contact with the MC 12.
Maserati competes with an MC12 in compliance with the rules of IMSA. The car matches FIA GT1 specifications and carries a ballast of 10 kilos. The team will not score points for the Championship. The drivers are Italians Andrea Bertolini - Ferrari-Maserati official tester and Fabrizio De Simone.
Andrea Bertolini: "This was a difficult race for our team. On one hand we are pleased to see continued improvement of the car, but on the other we encountered a difficult situation this weekend. We felt that third place was well within our reach if we were able to come through the field without incident. Unfortunately the Viper braked very hard and Fabrizio could not avoid contact. The later incident with the Audi was the end of our chances. I remain confident for the direction of the car and appreciate the work of the RIsi team and Pirelli Tires which have given us great support."
Fabrizio De Simone: "We knew that coming through the field would put us in many dangerous positions on this course. The Viper locked up its brakes in front of me and there was nowhere to go. I feel for all who support us, most notably Pirelli, as we were looking for progress from our excellent result from last race. We can take away that development on the car continues and that we are quite competitive within our class."
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 will 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.