After a devastating start to his rookie FIA GT season, Italian Matteo Bobbi's championship hopes have taken a bit of a battering in recent events.

After crashing out of practice for the Spa 24 Hours, and then retiring a replacement car in the long-distance race, the former Minardi test driver took another blow - literally - as he was spun out of the latest FIA GT round in Sweden before the opening lap was completed.

The culprit on this occasion was one of the newly-enlarged Creation Autosportif Lister Storms, which tagged the Italian at turn one and pushed off the road and out of the race when the damage to his BMW Scuderia Italia Ferrari proved to great to repair.

"My race only lasted a very hundred metres," Bobbi sighed, "Right after the start, while I was in third place, I was violently hit at the first turn. I still haven't seen the images from the TV, but I'm curious to see how all of this happened. From the cockpit, I didn't realise what had happened.

"It's a real pity because, during the free practice session and qualifying, our team proved to be in good shape regardless of our 40kg of ballast and a smaller restrictor."

With the other Ferrari taking fourth place, and Lister's Andrea Piccini again finishing on the podium, the points advantage that Bobbi and team-mate Thomas Biagi once enjoyed has shrunk further. Just seven points separate the Italian duo from the similarly-mounted quartet of Lilian Bryner, Enzo Calderari, Luca Cappellari and Fabrizio Gollin, with Piccini a further six points adrift.

"The fight for the championship has now become more challenging," an astute Bobbi admitted ahead of the final three rounds.

 

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