It was already decided at the end of the 5th round, who was going to be the Maserati Trofeo Champione. Joe Ghanem was way ahead of the rest and he couldn’t have really minded the way things went on the day of the 6th round – but for sake of sportsmanship. Because, any driver wouldn’t enjoy being disqualified from a race for any reason – Joe Ghanem’s reason for the day was advantage by contact earlier in the race which ended up in the fair verdict in the gentleman’s race. In the eventful day punctuated with contacts and messy turns, the audience enjoyed an exciting and intriguing day at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Patrick Zamparini’s second win came after a superb race-long three-way battle with Ghanem and Ramez Azzam, the latter claiming the second place in the afternoon race. “I was having a great fight with Joe. He managed to get past me at one point, but I thought, ‘no way. I’m getting that position back again!’ And I managed to get back past him. I think it would not have been easy to overtake me. Not today!” said a jubilant Italian Zamparini (No.30).
Owing to an early safety car period, caused when Ramez Azzam and Mohammed Jawa came together in the midst of their own battle, Lebanese rookie Tanni Hanna finished close behind Faisal Shaker in third.
The first season of the Maserati Trofeo JBF RAK series has seen more than twenty drivers from twelve countries compete. Umberto Cini, Managing Director of Maserati Middle East and Africa, was thrilled to see such an exciting finale. “Congratulations to all the drivers for keeping us on the edge of our seats all through the year.” So long, till the next season!