Maserati enters the Nurburgring 24 hour
12 May 2006

Maserati has announced a two-car entry for the 24 hour Nurburgring race on 17 June.

The factory team will field a GranSport 'Labortorio' and a 'Trofeo' at the race around the infamous Nordschliefe. More than 100 entries will fight over the classic circuit's 14 miles. The 'Laboratorio' is based on the GranSport GT3 raced by Maserati in GT series. It will be raced by Andrea Bertolini, Michael Bartels, Eric Van de Poele and 'gentleman driver' Gianni Giudici.

The other GranSport is closely based on the road-going GranSport, with the changes limited to strengthening the suspension and adapting the fuel supply and refuelling systems.

It will be driven by ex-F1 and Le Mans driver Jacques Laffite, American journalist Patrick Hong, English journalist Richard Meaden and Giudici - it being possible to race in more than one car at the NOrdschliefe race.

As Giorgio Ascanelli, Maserati's Technical Director, says, 'in such a...race it will go through a tough challenge.'

Maserati won the Tourist Tropy at Silverstone last weekend and took victory in the 24 hour race at Spa last year.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Jaguar E-Pace 2018 review hero front
    Car review
    20 April 2018
    Can Jaguar’s compact SUV bring flair and dynamic polish to a fast-growing class?
  • Audi TT RS Coupé
    First Drive
    20 April 2018
    The Audi TT RS has the looks, a vociferous engine and the supercar-baiting performance, but is it too uncompromising to use as a daily driver?
  • Lamborghini Urus review 2018 hero front
    First Drive
    19 April 2018
    The supercar maker's new 4x4 is massively capable wherever it goes, while being extremely conspicuous and costly while it does it
  • Skoda Kodiaq
    First Drive
    19 April 2018
    High-spec seven-seater Kodiaq begins its family life with a lot to prove — for Skoda and SUVs
  • Ford Focus RS Race Red Edition front
    First Drive
    18 April 2018
    Ford drafts in some tasty extras for this limited-run Focus RS swansong edition