While not as high-profile as their counterparts in Formula One, the FIA GT1 certainly has no shortage of supercars lining up on the grid. This year, the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship will have some pretty tasty machines with a Maserati MC12 - four of them, actually - leading the parade of supercars each and every one of us would be dying to have parked in our driveways.

In addition to the quartet of MC12s participating this season, the defending champs will be challenged by a number of other high-powered beasts including Lamborghini Murcielagos, Ford GTs, Aston Martin DB9s, andNissan GT-Rs.
Needless to say, that’s a list of cars that aren’t exactly slouches to race against so you can expect that the Maseratis will have quite a challenge on their hands in defending their GT1 title.

Press Release after the jump

The new FIA GT1 World Championship will start off on Saturday 17 April at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi with six brands and twenty-four cars lined up at the starting line.

The reigning champions, the Maserati MC12s, are expected to be in the centre spotlight, even if they are slightly penalized in terms of performance by new FIA GT technical modifications. One of the major changes is the race formula itself, with two separate sprint-type one-hour races instead of a single two-hour race.

This year Maserati will participate with four cars manned by two racing teams. Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini, winners of the driver title for the past two years running, will be driving Vitaphone Racing Team’s first Maserati MC12 once again, while Miguel Ramos and ex-F1 driver Enrique Bernoldi are confirmed at the wheel of the second MC12. The other MC12s are from the German racing team Triple H Team Hegersport and will be driven by Belgian driver Bert Longin and Italian driver Matteo Bobbi (who has raced with an MC12 in the past) in addition to the team’s owner, Alftid Heger, paired up with Alex Margaritis, a German driver of Greek origin.

There will be ten championship rounds, four of which outside Europe, and the championship will conclude in Argentina on 5 December.

Practices: Friday, 16 April, from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm (local time)
Race: Saturday, 17 April, from 4 pm to 5 pm and from 7:45 pm to 8:45 pm (local time)

Source: Maserati

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  (577) posted on 06.23.2011

Yeah, the line up these five beast cars are exciting to watch! I wonder where’s the Hennessey and if there’s any Porsche car that join in this car race.

  (488) posted on 06.23.2011

hmm. I’m so thankful that there’s a FIA GT1 event wherein it could actually merged the beast cars that we can see rarely in the road. I bet this is so exciting to watch!

  (612) posted on 04.22.2010

They even include the GT-R even though is 50% of the price of the Lamborghini murcielago, db9 and maserati.

  (570) posted on 04.21.2010

I can imagine, how the front looks like..... Streamly coming straight from The Universe!!!!! Pagani BRAVO!!

  (779) posted on 04.21.2010

Well, it’s not that I’m in favor of the GT-R, it’s because GT-R was proven as the Killer of super cars like the Porsche and bentley super continentalsports.

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