A close, hot and exciting FIA-GT race in Brno today [Sunday], in front of packed grandstands, saw Matteo Bobbi and Thomas Biagi give BMS Scuderia Italia its fourth win of the season, in the number 23 Ferrari 550 Maranello.
Despite 100 kg penalty weight, and although they were not the fastest car on the track, a problem-free race and two excellent pit stops saw the two young Italians emerge victorious for the fourth race in succession.
They now lead the Drivers Classification with 40 points, a 17-point lead over Andrea Piccini and Jean-Denis Deletraz, in second. Their win, added to the third-place finish for Fabrizio Gollin and Luca Cappellari in the number 22 car, means that BMS Scuderia Italia currently has a 23-point lead in the Teams points.
''The team did a great job today, with excellent pit stops,'' said Biagi afterwards, ''I think my career experience helped me a lot today, as I saw the oil and shifted down, and I was able to stay on the track. We had excellent tyres from Michelin today, which were very consistent. We took care of the car, as it was not easy with 100 kg. We were not fast over a single lap, but we were very consistent. We are leading the Championship, but I am looking at this race by race, as there is still a long way to go and many races, especially the 24 Hours of Spa. But this is a nice moment, and I am enjoying it, as tomorrow I will start working hard again for the next race.''
He crossed the finish line, after 87 laps of the 5.403 km Brno circuit, with a lead of 31.056 over Deletraz and Piccini, in the number 15 Lister.
''I am happy with the race result - we couldn't have done better,'' noted Piccini, ''But now we know what's wrong with the engine, and it should be good for Donington. The top speed was our only problem, the car and set-up were good, and we were very happy with the tyres. This meant I could push throughout the stint. It was a great finish, very close and exciting. Donington is a Lister circuit, and we are currently second in the Championship, so it should be good!''
At the start the number 2 Saleen S7-R, in the hands of pole-setter Jean-Marc Gounon, set a commanding pace, pulling away from the number 14 Lister Storm in a way that Jamie Campbell-Walter described as 'like a rocket'.
The Frenchman set the fastest lap of the race on the second lap, and continued to pull away, ending his stint with a lead of over 15 seconds.
Gounon handed over to Toni Seiler, but an excellent pit-stop from the number 23 BMS Ferrari, which had been lying third, took it into the lead. On lap 45, Nathan Kinch, in the number 14 Lister, overtook the Saleen for second place. However, shortly afterwards, the young Lister driver spun on some oil on the track, dropping back down the grid. With the number 2 Konrad Saleen also suffering problems, this left the number 23 BMS car with a large gap.