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Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East

Drivers invited to sign up for the 'arrive-and-drive' championship set to debut in November

Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
Maserati launched on Tuesday the Maserati Trofeo racing championship in the region (Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
The series is backed by the Maserati factory in Modena, Italy and will feature up to 16 mechanically-identical Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo race cars battling it out over 12 races across the Middle East (Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
The championship is set to visit the most prestigious racing circuits around the region with races planned to take place at Formula One tracks in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain as well as Qatar's Losail Circuit and the Dubai Autodrome in the UAE (Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
Drivers from across the Middle East are able to sign up for the 'arrive-and-drive' championship. The cars are supplied and maintained by Maserati to ensure identical performance across the grid (Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
The Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo has already proved its race capabilities in the region after two cars were entered into the 2010-2011 UAE GT Championship and secured three race victories out of a total of six podium finishes (Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
The Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo is the racing version of the GranTurismo road car (Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
The race car's set up is tuned for the track use, keeping the optimal weight balance of the road-going car (Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
The car is powered by a 488bhp 4.7-litre V8 engine which drives the rear wheels through a paddle-shift gearbox which is able to change gears in just 60milliseconds.(Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
Packages on offer to drivers allow them to compete individually or in a pair for the season (Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
All-inclusive costs range from $135,000 to $145,000 depending on the options chosen (Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
The packages include the logistical management of the car, technical assistance at the circuit, a Maserati Trofeo race suit and VIP hospitality for driver and guests\n (Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
The formula for each race weekend will consist of two free practice sessions lasting 40 minutes, two qualifying sessions of 20 minutes and two races of 30 minutes duration (Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
(Left) Umberto Cini, Managing Director of Maserati Middle East & Africa (Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
(Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
The Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK Middle East is set to debut in November 2011, with races taking place throughout the winter months into early 2012 (Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
(Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
(Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
(Supplied)
Maserati Trofeo racing championship launches in Middle East
(Supplied)