Silverstone circuit played host to the third and final European round in the Maserati Trofeo World Series this weekend. The single-make series saw three action-packed races (two 30’ and one 60’) on the famous British Formula One circuit.
The Maserati Trofeo is a unique motorsport experience organised by Maserati headquarters in Italy for private customers. Racers compete in V8, 488 horse-powered GranTurismo MC Trofeo machines which are given full race car set up by Maserati’s expert engineers for the very best in aerodynamics and grip on the track.
The 2014 season's first title ‘The Trofeo Europa’ was awarded this weekend to Swiss racer, Mauro Calamia, who snatched the lead from reigning champion, Renaud Kuppens, who decided not to take part in the British round of the series with his Konvex Motorsport team mate, Danil Maszczinski.
Mauro Calamia entered the weekend as a firm favourite to take the coveted title thanks to a one-two-three finish at an earlier round in Budapest and a win at Spa. Despite securing two pole positions in qualifying, Calamia did not score any points in the first two races of the weekend due to disqualification based on the specification of his car. Calamia’s team mate Gabriel Gardel was handed the same verdict. This turn of events lead to a double victory in the first two races of the endurance event for Riccardo Ragazzi. In the final battle of the weekend Calamia narrowly missed out on victory finishing in second place behind his team mate, Gardel.
Special guest, Italian pop star and motor sport fan, Max Gazzè, took part for the second year. Gazzè successfully completed all of the race sessions across the weekend finishing 12th overall – his best result yet.
The Maserati Trofeo World Series now leaves Europe and heads to Virginia International Raceway in the USA on 24th August before stopping in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi.
Results: Maserati Trofeo World Series at Silverstone, 19th & 20th July 2014:
1st Riccardo Ragazzi – 31:15.65222nd Andrea Cecchellero/Mathijis Bakker – 31:19.12633rd Alberto Cola – 31:24.199
1st Riccardo Ragazzi – 31.06.29222nd Alberto Cola – 31:32.37733rd Alan Simoni – 31:39.237
1st Gabriele Gardel – 1.00’28.2682nd Mauro Calamia – 1.00’29.0543rd Alberto Cola – 1.00’29.185
Overall Classification after Round 3
1st Mauro Calamia – 103 points2nd Gabriele Gardel – 86 points3rd Alberto Cola – 70 points