Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK: Drivers head to Bahrain for round two this weekend

Championship leader Joe Ghanem in round one

Bahrain, 3rd January 2012 – The New Year festivities may have only just died down, but for the drivers in the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK one-make Gentlemen driver race series, there’s no time to relax. Round 2 of the Middle East’s only factory-backed race series gets under-way at Bahrain International Circuit this weekend.

After two action-packed races in the inaugural round in early December, there’s guaranteed to be even more heart-stopping moments in Round 2. To add some extra excitement to the mix, the drivers will have to face a new challenge as the races take place on the longer Paddock Track configuration of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Formula One Circuit.

This formidable 3.8km-long configuration features the main F1 pit straight which measures in at 1090metres in length which will give the drivers the opportunity to fully exploit the performance of their 488bhp Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo race cars. The 10 corners and multiple changes in elevation will give them plenty to think about throughout the two 30 minute-long races.

21year-old Lebanese driver, Joe Ghanem, is currently leading the series with 33 points after his strong performance in the first round and holds a single-point advantage over Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa. Zeehog from Lebanon completes the top three standing in the series with 22 points.

Teammates from GR8 Racing in Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Jawa and Faisal Shaker, sit in 4th and 5th position with 21points each. Kuwait’s Khaled Al Mudhaf is in 6th with 16points followed by Tani Hanna with 8points and KSA’s Osamah Shaker completing the field with 6points.

Drivers from the Middle East region will also be joined by a number of racers from Europe and beyond who are also competing in the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK series. Italy’s Patrick Zamparini will be hoping to better his double second place finishes from Round 1. He will have to keep his wits about him though as Venezuela’s Justino de Azcarate Riveroll will be looking to bounce back from his misfortune in Round 1 which saw him retire from race two after spinning out at the end of the main straight.

Umberto Cini, Managing Director of Maserati Middle East & Africa, is looking forward to seeing the full grid of cars out on the circuit again. “The first round in Bahrain was a spectacular weekend of racing and we hope the new challenge of the different circuit will only add to the excitement out on track. Those lucky enough to drive in the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK series are finding it to provide some of the closest racing on offer in the region.”

Motorsport fans who aren’t able to make it to the circuit themselves can keep up to date with all the action from the track via www.maseraticorse.com and Maserati Middle East & Africa’s facebook page at facebook.com/MaseratiME. Live race reports and paddock action are also available through the official Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK twitter account @TrofeoJBFRAK

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