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Set to hit the track today for the first time in competition is an all-new RS5 race car. Competing in the Superstars Series in Europe, Audi officially unwrapped the car just hours ahead of the series kick-off.
Competing against everything from the Mercedes C63 and Porsche Panamera, to last year’s championship winning Maserati Quattroporte, the RS5 takes the is the successor to the RS4.
The action starts today at Monza in Italy.
GALLERY: Audi RS5 Superstars Series Race Car
[Photo credit: Stefano Ciabattoni]
With Andrea Bertolini behind the wheel of Maserati‘s Quattroporte EVO, the famed Quattroporte model now has its first racing title. Bertolini captured the Superstars Series championship at the very last race of the season after coming back against Luigi Ferrara’s Mercedes AMG C63 and Alberto Cerqui’s BMW M3. On the way to the championship, Bertolini had the perfect race weekend, capturing a double win, recording the fastest lap and even taking pole position in qualifying. To top it all off, Bertolini’s teammate, Alessandro Pier Guidi, finished second place at the race.
There is controversy surrounding the championship however, as Luigi Ferrara’s team is making an appeal against the race officials confirming the Maserati’s win as legal. The National Court of Appeal will be deciding on the matter, which will be investigated in the near future, but as of now Bertolini is the champion pending appeal – but it seems that Maserati has no doubts in its validity.
This championship just adds to Bertolini’s already impressive collection of trophies, including the FIA GT1 championship in the MC12 he helped develop. Maserati’s Quattroporte EVO beat out ten other manufacturers for the top crown and is the first time Maserati has won the Superstars Series title.
GALLERY: Maserati Quattroporte EVO
If “regular” Touring and GT class race cars are just too small and too low budget for your taste, then you need to check out the Italian-based Superstars Series, which pits the heavy metal of Grand Tourers against each other in a 10 race season at some of Europe’s (and South Africa’s) greatest racing circuits.
We’re talking BMW M5′s, Audi RS4′s, Maserati Quattroportes, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMGs, Jaguar XFs, Cadillac CTS-Vs and even a few Chrysler 300C SRT8s. That’s some serious 4-door luxury barges trading paint, a site unique to this growingly popular series. There’s even a Porsche Panamera S scheduled to make its first start at Mugello on July 25th with multiple Touring Car champion Fabrizio Giovanardi behind the wheel.
Now in its sixth season, the Superstars Series truly “arrived” in 2009 when its own video game for the Xbox360 was released called ‘Superstars V8 Racing’. In February of this year there was a sequel released called ‘Superstars V8 Next Challenge’, so if you’re unable to attend one of these races yourself you can get a pretty good taste of it just by firing up your Xbox.
For a glimpse of some real Superstars Series action, check out the video after the jump.