Italy's Superstars Series may have seemed like an insignificant championship in the past, but drivers and manufacturers alike are beginning to take notice of what is rapidly emerging as Italy's equivalent of Germany's DTM, Japan's Super GT or Australia's V8 Supercars series. One of those drivers is Tonio Liuzzi, and one of those manufacturers is Mercedes-Benz.

The German automaker had been represented in the series before, but is now launching an officially factory-sanctioned works effort with a specially-prepared C63 AMG touring car fielded by Caal Racing. And it has lined up an experienced driving talent to man the wheel.

A veteran of 80 grands prix, Vitantonio Liuzzi has driven for Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Force India and HRT, but unfortunately failed to distinguish himself with a single podium finish, pole position or fastest lap in the span of his six years in Formula One. Prior to ascending to the pinnacle of motorsports, he had won the International Formula 3000 championship, and has also tried his hand at A1GP (representing Italy) as well as the Speedcar Series (a stock car series held briefly in the Middle East).

Will he prove himself a greater talent in touring cars than he did in F1? We'll have to wait and see, but given the factory support in a privateer-dominated series and the number of championships Caal Racing has won, things are looking up for Liuzzi and Mercedes. Follow the jump for the official announcement (in Italian) and check out the batch of official high-resolution images in the gallery above.
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Mercedes-AMG scende in pista nel Campionato Superstars 2012

Conto alla rovescia per la prima gara del Campionato Superstars che il prossimo 1 aprile, a Monza, vedrà il debutto di AMG, il Marchio High Performance di Casa Mercedes. A difendere i colori AMG sarà il Team CAAL Racing con Vitantonio Liuzzi, ex-pilota di Formula 1, al volante di una Mercedes C 63 AMG. Mercedes-AMG, official safety car e hospitality partner del Superstars 2012, sarà presente sui tracciati del Campionato con l'AMG Performance Tour: sportività senza compromessi per tutti gli appassionati del Marchio AMG.

Mercedes-AMG sempre più protagonista nel Superstars. Il Marchio High Performance della Stella intende lasciare il segno in una stagione che si preannuncia più intensa che mai. In attesa della gara di esordio, il prossimo 1 aprile sul tracciato brianzolo di Monza, oltre alla C 63 AMG Coupé, official safety car del Campionato, scaldano i motori anche la Mercedes C 63 del team CAAL Racing, affidata al talento di Vitantonio Liuzzi, e le Stelle dell'AMG Performance Tour.

L'ex-driver di Formula 1, che lo scorsa fine settimana ha fatto registrare ottimi tempi nei test di Magione, scenderà in pista con il Team CAAL Racing determinato a far valere la propria esperienza cercando di sfruttare a pieno gli oltre 550 cavalli della C 63 AMG. "La vettura ha risposto bene sia nei tratti veloci sia in quelli lenti grazie ad un ottimo bilanciamento. – ha dichiarato il pilota italiano - Sono molto ottimista per questo inizio di campionato e a Monza puntiamo dritti alla pole e alla vittoria."

La Mercedes numero 54 di Liuzzi non sarà l'unica Stella ad emozionere il pubblico sulle tribune del Superstars. La scuderia dell'AMG Performance Tour sarà, infatti, presente in tutte le tappe italiane della stagione 2012, regalando ulteriore adrenalina alle giornate del Superstars. L'AMG Performance Tour rappresenta una porta d'accesso privilegiata per conoscere il mondo ad alte prestazioni AMG attraverso veri e propri Perfomance Days al fianco di piloti professionisti.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Smelly Finger
      • 3 Years Ago
      Typo in the headline?
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it "Italy" or "Itay"? I seriously hate it when journalists don't proofread! For God sake, it's the title!
      • 3 Years Ago
      You mean "Italy's Superstars" series. C'mon, wake up over there in Santa Monica. Flubs like this make it harder and harder to take AB journalists and editors seriously. You're not exactly breaking a sweat to ensure quality writing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Tony! Nice Altezza! BAHHHH!!!!! :D
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Probably the best touring car championship in the world. They should broadcast it worldwide.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well good luck for him, in any ways, he's racing. How'd I wish to race open wheel but I can't shell out 5 to 6 figures per year.