Having been quiet since the Spa 24 Hours in late July, Italian drivers Thomas Biagi and Matteo Bobbi moved a step closer towards the 2003 FIA GT Championship when they took their sixth win of the season at Oschersleben.

Although they finished the race in second place, crossing the line 23 seconds behind the #14 Lister Storm, the winning crew of Jamie Campbell-Walter and Nathan Kinch was later excluded from the results for 'causing an avoidable accident' in which Phillipe Alliot's Force One Chrysler Viper was sent spearing into the pit wall.

Inheriting top spot, and the ten points that go with it, allowed the rookie crew of Bobbi and Biagi to re-extend their overall advantage to eleven points over nearest rivals Lilian Bryner and Enzo Calderari, who were elevated to the podium in Germany to take third place in the #21 Ferrari 550 Maranello after losing time in the pits when their engine would not restart at a driver change.

The third BMS-run Ferrari 550 Maranello of Fabrizio Gollin and Luca Cappellari, which failed to score in Oschersleben after retiring with clutch problems, is now 17 points
behind the #23 car, with only 20 points available, while Andrea Piccini, the only non-Ferrari driver remaining in the title chase before this round, is now out of contention, after his Lister Storm retired mid-race with a broken radiator.

"The team did really good work setting up the car for the race - it was fantastic," Bobbi said afterwards, "Both Thomas and I would like to dedicate this victory to our chief engineer Marco Gadola, who lost his father two days ago and who could not be with us here today.

"It was a really positive weekend, both for the team and myself. We only suffered during the qualifications due to the air restrictors that the rules had forced us to fit, but our objective was the race and we concentrated on this. Even though it was Campbell-Walter's disqualification that permitted us to get our sixth win, we have moved up the classification and proved our competitiveness. Now we have very few points to get to win the title, but we need to really concentrate until the end to get it!"

With Lister's appeal against Campbell-Walter's disqualification pending, the teams' classification has provisionally fallen to BMS Scuderia Italia, which now holds a lead of 40 points over the British squad with two rounds remaining.

 

Comments

Loading Comments...