Maserati, it’s a record at Cape2Rio: 3,300 miles in 10 days and 11 hours

soldini-maseratiAt 11:29 p.m. GMT on Jan. 14 (h 21:29 local and h 00:29 Italian on Jan. 15) Maserati crossed the finish line of the 14th Cape2Rio, taking the victory and setting a new speed record for the race. A feat that from the start seemed to be comfortably within the reach of VOR 70, which did not disappoint expectations.


PREVIOUS RECORD SHATTERED

Giovanni Soldini and the Maserati team completed the 3,300-mile course between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro in 10 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes, 57 seconds. The previous record belonged to Zephyrus IV, a 74-foot American maxi that completed the course in 12 days, 16 hours and 49 minutes in 2000. It was a tough race, where a death also escaped: 47-year-old Angolan Joao Bartolomeu, aboard the Bavaria 55 Bille, who disappeared in the stormy waters.

THE TEAM.
On board with Giovanni Soldini is a nine-person international team: Italians Guido Broggi, Corrado Rossignoli and Michele Sighel; German Boris Herrmann; Spaniard Carlos Hernandez; Frenchmen Jacques Vincent and Gwen Riou; Dane Martin Kirketerp Ibsen; and for the first time, Monegasque Pierre Casiraghi.

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