After a month-long break from racing, the Care Racing-supported BMS Scuderia Italia team is looking forward to renewing its challenge for title honours in the FIA GT Championship - and maintaining its winning streak despite being 'penalised' by the championship organisers.

The seventh round of the series takes place this weekend at the Scandinavian Raceway in Anderstorp - a venue that provided success for the team twelve months ago when, despite torrential rain, Jean-Denis Deletraz and Andrea Piccini took their second win of the season in the 550 Maranello. The team is looking to repeat this success to continue its sweep of the GT class, but faces a much bigger hurdle due to the imposition of new, smaller air restrictors for remaining races.

Article 78 of the FIA GT sporting regulations states that, in order to maximise equality of performance, the bureau of the GT Commission has the right to adjust various aspects of any car it feels is too far ahead of the field. This was deemed to be the case with the BMS Ferraris and the #21, #22 and #23 entries have had the size of their restrictors reduced from 32.1mm to 31.6mm.

"Although we have to change the restrictors, we will do everything possible to stay in front", BMS logistics manager Marco Streparava explained, "We are still quite confident for Anderstorp and Oschersleben, but our engine is not the most powerful, and we are worried about Monza, which is a fast track.

"Bobbi and Biagi are ready to fight, as are Cappellari and Gollin - we have a real good in-house fight between the two line-ups. There will be no team orders, and the fighting is very good-natured - it is good for our team that they can compete on the same level.

"I think the end of the season will be very difficult, with the races so close together, but the holidays have given everyone renewed energy and we are all keen to get back to the track."

After the mixing of driver line-ups for the Proximus 24 Hours of Spa, things return to normal for Anderstorp, with the #23 car being campaigned by Matteo Bobbi and Thomas Biagi, the #22 by Fabrizio Gollin and Luca Cappellari, and the #21, the Care Racing entry, featuring the experienced Enzo Calderari, Lilian Bryner and Stefano Livio.

 

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