I think Maserati's driving courses are an excellent initiative. I took part in one of their GT Master courses a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, in terms of new knowledge and skills as well as the social aspect. It was very well organized. That aside; I also think (a) Maserati's current status has been significantly and positively affected by the MC12 effort - and success - on the race track over the period 2004 to 2010; (b) the GT MC Stradale - Maserati's only current sports oriented offering - model would probably not have come about without the development of the MC GT4 production race car that preceded it; (c) the GT4 racer was quite successful whenever entered in races (especially by Maserati's own Corse unit), no embarrassment at all for the marque even though the production model is obviously not the best starting point for a race car, being relatively large and heavy. Race efforts, however, have been sporadic. It is also a matter of credibility and pride; to me, racing counts, and I would therefore like to see a greater effort from Maserati. I understand that racing is less of an issue for many other Maserati fans and owners. ... And, you may well be right in that racing does not give an immediate pay-off in a short-term business sense.