FIA GT » 06 October 2003
575 takes debut win as Biagi/Bobbi sew up titles.
Gollin and Cappellari took second, putting them back up to second in the Championship, while Bobbi and Biagi secured the title with third place, the two podium finishes putting BMS Scuderia Italia in definitive command of the Teams title, regardless of the result of the outstanding Lister appeal.
With the nr 2 Konrad Saleen fourth, the Zwaan's Racing and Roos-Optima Chrysler Vipers had fine finishes in fifth and sixth places, with the two Graham Nash Motorsport cars seventh and eighth.
The nr 52 Bertolini/de Simone JMB Racing Ferrari 360 Modena led from pole in N-GT, and although it was followed by the nr 89 Kelvin Burt/Tim Mullen TMC Ferrari at the end of the first lap, by the time the cars settled down, the nr 61 EMKA Porsche and the Freisinger Porsche had relegated the TMC cars to fourth and fifth places.
The classification remained static until the nr 50 Freisinger Motorsport car came into the pits early, suffering from vibrations. This changed the strategy of the car, which had been aiming for a one-stop race and had therefore been conserving fuel.
When the nr 52 Ferrari made its pit stop on lap 41, the nr 61 Tim Sugden/Emmanuel Collard driven machine briefly took the lead, before pitting in its turn. This placed the TMC cars, on a one-stop strategy, in the lead. They finally pitted simultaneously on lap 52, by which time the nr 52 retook the lead, with the nr 61 second and the nr 50 third.
Once again, the situation stabilised, with the leading cars close together. The nr 50 pitted again on lap 69, bringing the TMC cars to third and fourth. The situation changed on lap 78, when the nr 50 Porsche received a 60 second stop and go penalty for speeding in the pit lane, while the nr 52 was also called in, for ten seconds, due to getting a push start after its second pit stop.
This dropped the nr 52 to third, and the nr 50 to sixth, behind the Jaroslav Janis/Robert Pergl MENX Ferrari. The nr 61 took the lead, but went wide after being overtaken by the nr 88 Davies/Turner TMC Ferrari, and pitted for two new tyres.
By lap 99, Bertolini had regained the lead, ahead of the nr 88 and nr 61. The nr 89 car stopped by the side of the track, moving the nr 57 MENX Ferrari up to fourth, but a final splash and dash dropped it back a place, giving the nr 50 Porsche fourth place.
As the chequered flag fell, the nr 52 JMB Racing Ferrari 360 Modena of Bertolini and De Simone took its third win of the season, ahead of the nr 88 Team Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari 360 Modena of Turner and Davies, with Sugden and Collard third in the nr 61 EMKA Racing Porsche 996 GT3-RS. Ortelli and Lieb were fourth, with Janis and Pergl fifth for MENX.
Sixth place went to the Eurotech Porsche of Mike Jordan and Mark Sumpter, with JVG Racing's Porsche seventh and the Autorlando Porsche of Diego Alessi, Maurizio Mediani and Edi Gay taking the final point for eighth.
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