Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK: Drivers under pressure as series heads to Dubai for penultimate round
Dubai, 28th February 2012-With just two rounds to go in the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK race series, there is no let up in the pressure that each of the drivers is under as the cars arrive in Dubai for Round 5 this weekend.
Five drivers are in contention to be crowned the overall Trofeo Championi for the 2011-2012 Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK series. Lebanon’s Joe Ghanem is currently leading the series on 187points after a slew of victories in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. However, he cannot relax as fellow countryman Zeehog has overcome a poor start to the season to create a strong challenge in second position. With 104points still up for grabs in the series, Zeehog can still take victory with his current tally of 114points.
Teammates from KSA’s GR8 Racing Faisal Shaker and Mohammed Jawa are sitting in 3rd and 4th position respectively with 112 and 107points – but a considered effort from either driver could easily see them topple Zeehog and chase down Ghanem for overall glory.
Last, but by no means least, is Khaled Al Mudhaf who is sitting in 5th position on 96points. The Kuwaiti driver has had his fair share of battles in all of the races so far, but holds an advantage going into the fifth round at the Dubai Autodrome. Few of the gentlemen drivers in the series have raced at the FIA-accredited track on the outskirts of the city, so Al Mudhaf will be using his past experience to try and gain the upper hand.
Joining the ranks of drivers in the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK series this weekend will be UAE driver Humaid Al Masaood. Al Masaood has a great experience of racing at the Dubai Autodrome having won his class in the Dubai 24hr endurance race and previously drove the Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo during the 2010-2011 UAE GT Championship.
The twelve-strong field will battle over two 30-minute long races on the afternoon of Friday 2nd March after securing their grid positions in morning qualifying. The formidable 4.29km-long International Circuit configuration of the Dubai Autodrome will play host to all the action and based on past experience, fans can expect to see close racing throughout the day.
Umberto Cini, Managing Director of Maserati Middle East & Africa, is looking forward to seeing the series race in Dubai. “After some spectacular racing at other circuits across the region we have high hopes that the Dubai Autodrome will provide yet another challenging weekend of racing. As all the cars are mechanically-identical it comes down to the driver himself to prove himself on the circuit – and they’ve certainly been doing that in previous rounds!”
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.