One-Two Finish for Maserati in Fanatec GT2 Race 1 Spa

BY Sean Loo

One year after Maserati unveiled its car and sports plans, the brand made a return to Spa-Francorchamps for round 3 of the Fanatec GT2 European Series.

The weekend was shared with the prestigious 24 Hours of Spa, and Maserati clinched a one-two finish in Race 1.

The LP Racing team's number 1 car, piloted by Leonardo Gorini and Carlo Tamburini, took the victory, followed closely by teammate Philippe Prette, who also secured the win in the Am class.

The third Maserati, TFT Racing team's number 24 driven by Alexandre Leroy, finished second in the Am class and fifth overall. In Race 2, Leroy made it to the podium again, finishing third in his class.

Maserati took the top three spots in qualifying. Leroy, driving the number 24, snagged his first pole position of the season. As the race began, Leroy maintained his lead but eventually ceded to Gorini in the number 1 Maserati GT2, who surged to the front.

After handing over to Tamburini, a slip at Les Combes allowed Prette to close the gap, but Tamburini held his ground to take the checkered flag. Prette finished just 2.8 seconds behind, ensuring a Maserati one-two finish and his third Am class win of the year.

Leroy remained competitive throughout, securing fifth overall and second in the Am class.

Saturday morning's Race 2 presented more challenges. Prette was forced to pit early due to a puncture, derailing his race. Tamburini, who had a strong start, faced difficulties after contact with another car, dropping to eighth.

Gorini, taking over from Tamburini, began a valiant comeback but had to pit again due to another puncture, finishing tenth. Leroy, maintaining a steady pace, finished sixth overall and third in the Am class.

The next event, round 4 of the Fanatec GT2 European Series, is set to take place at Hockenheim, Germany, from July 19 to 21.

Giovanni Sgro, Head of Maserati Corse, reflected on the weekend: “Despite some bad luck in Race 2, taking first and second in Race 1 shows we’ve developed an outstanding car for both professional racing teams and gentleman drivers. We’re eager to hit the grid at Hockenheim.”