MASERATI GRAN­TUR­ISMO SET FOR BRI­TISH GT DE­BUT

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook

GT Cup squad Ebor GT will field a new Maserati Gran­tur­ismo MC GT4 in Bri­tish cham­pi­onship for Ab­bie Ea­ton and Mar­cus Hog­garth.

The York team has or­dered one of the Ital­ian firm’s new GT4 ma­chines and ex­pects to take de­liv­ery later this month. Ebor spe­cialises in his­toric race and rally prepa­ra­tion for Ital­ian cars, and last sea­son also ran Hog­garth to se­cond in the GT Cup’s GTC divi­sion points along­side BTCC driver Tom In­gram.

Ea­ton steps up to GT4 hav­ing won the Mazda MX-5 Su­per­cup in 2014 and raced a BMW M3 in the GT Cup last year.

Ebor GT head Adrian Snook said: “We’ve al­ways worked with Ital­ian cars and the Gran­tur­ismo MC GT4 is a beau­ti­ful ma­chine so we saw it as the next step. GT4 rac­ing is good value com­pared to GT3 and Bri­tish GT is the best place to do it by the looks of it as the grid is larger than ever. We chose the Maserati as it’s been rac­ing for a while now as a sin­gle-make Tro­phy car so it’s a proven prod­uct with plenty of miles of de­vel­op­ment on it.”

Ea­ton said: “I’ve been work­ing to get into Bri­tish GT for a few years so I’m de­lighted this has come to­gether. The years in the Mazda and the BMW have helped me get used to rac­ing with rear­wheel drive and the power the BMW had means the GT4 shouldn’t be too alien.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to rac­ing with Mar­cus. He’s a very switched-on driver and he’s very quick and re­li­able. I’m feel­ing very pos­i­tive about this year.”

The new GT4 car will run this year Ea­ton and Hog­garth will han­dle colour­ful Maserati Gran­tur­ismo

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