LP Racing will be the first team to debut the stunning new Maserati GT2 in the final round of the Fanatec GT2 European Series at Circuit Paul Ricard, 6-8 October.
Leonardo Gorini and Luca Pirri will join forces as a Pro-Am partnership to give the model its historic global racing debut in France aboard the #12 entry.
The Maserati GT2’s first outing in race conditions will officially mark the Trident’s return to GT Racing. Based on the MC20 super sportscar, while drawing upon the legacy of the MC12, the Maserati GT2 boasts the same 3-litre twin-turbocharged Nettuno V6 engine with Twin Combustion technology at its core.
One of nine top-flight teams competing in the third season of Fanatec GT2 European Series, LP Racing has been charged with racing the first Maserati GT2, with Gorini and Team Principal Pirri taking on the driving duties.
“I am very excited to announce that LP Racing will be running the new Maserati GT2 at Circuit Paul Ricard,” says Pirri. “We have followed the project and the development from the beginning, and we immediately decided to become a part of the great comeback of Maserati to GT racing.
“As a driver, I will have the honour to drive the car alongside Leonardo Gorini, who is both a friend and an incredible driver with great potential. Up until this final round of the Fanatec GT2 European Series, he was in the fight for the 2023 Am class title.
“YCOM, who has been appointed by Maserati to develop the GT2 has used all it’s great motorsport know-how to create a product like no other in this GT2 class, so kudos to them. Having raced the Maserati MC12 in 2006, I feel blessed to be back as a Team Principal and driver to support this great comeback.
“We did a first shake-down last week and the car has incredible potential, but the thing that struck us most was how user-friendly it was. We believe the Maserati GT2 will go on to achieve great success with a great variety of drivers.”
Leonardo Gorini adds, “Luca and I are extremely excited to start this new adventure with the Maserati GT2. We have just completed two days of testing during which the car showed all its potential. We are impatient and confident to see how the car will perform in the final round of the Fanatec GT2 European Series next weekend. A huge thumbs up to Maserati Corse for doing such a remarkable job with the car; it drives and looks astonishing! Now, it is our turn to do the car justice!”
The LP Racing Maserati will take to the track for another test session on Thursday, before the official Fanatec GT2 European Series action begins on Friday at Circuit Paul Ricard. Two hours of Free Practice at 08:40 and 12:10 will precede qualifying at 18:05. Gorini and Pirri will then take on the model’s maiden races at 10:45 and 16:40 on Saturday, both of which will be streamed live via GT World on YouTube.