Bertolini Takes Superstars Championship with Help from Maserati's Quattroporte EVO

By Trevor Dorchies | October 25, 2011
Andrea Bertolini just had one of those days where anything and everything went right. The Italian driver for Swiss Team captured the checkered flag for both the morning and afternoon race and secured the title for the International circuit. If the Superstars Series sounds foreign to you don't panic: It is. The inaugural season was in 2004, with an international circuit being added in 2007. All races happen across the pond, with half of the races taking place in Italy. Like other exotic racing circuits the Superstars Series rolls out a lot of impressive sets of wheels like the Audi RS4, Jaguar S-Type R, and BMW M3. Bertolini took first place in race one besting teammate Alessandro Pier Guidi who also pilots a Maserati Quattroporte EVO. In race two Bertolini finished ahead of Gianni Morbidelli and his Audi RS4 while Guidi crossed the finish line in third. With the wins Bertolini took the Superstars Series title with 178 points, 13 better than the second place finisher. Maserati outfitted the Quattroporte EVO for the series finally slapping on a wide body-kit with other exterior accents and a V-8 engine. The Superstars Series only allows V-8 engines without a turbocharger and must be based on a vehicle with two or four doors and seats.
However, for the road the Quattroporte isn't altered too much from its Superstars Series sibling, although it thankfully isn't available with the grotesque bodywork on the race car. A choice of a 4.2-liter V-8 and two variants of the 4.7-liter V-8 engine are offered and can be mated to a six-speed DuoSelect paddle-shift gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. The fifth generation Quattroporte entered production in 2004 continuing a long line of luxury coupes and sedans made by the Modena based auto maker. Instead of competing against M3's, RS4's, and S-Type R's on the track the Quattroporte is matched up against the likes of the Ferrari California and the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione (where available) on the road. Source: Maserati