When BMS Scuderia Italia young guns Thomas Biagi and Matteo Bobbi were belatedly awarded their sixth FIA GT Championship win of the season at Oschersleben, one season title at least appeared to have been wrapped up.

Following the amended race result, in which Biagi and Bobbi were awarded the victory at the expense of on-the-road winners Jamie Campbell-Walter and Nathan Kinch, the Brescia-based BMS team now has an unassailable lead in the teams' championship, while it looks almost certain that a Ferrari pilot will also win the drivers' title - although that will not be decided until the next round of the FIA GT series in Estoril on 5 October.

BMS Scuderia Italia has a 40-point lead over its nearest rivals, Lister Racing, although the final points total remains subject to the result of the latter's appeal following the outcome of Sunday's race, in which Campbell-Walter was excluded for 'causing an avoidable accident' following a collision with Phillipe Alliot's Force One Viper.

Biagi and Bobbi, driving the Care Racing-owned, BMS-entered Ferrari 550 Maranello in their first season of GT competition, are now eleven points clear of their nearest rivals, Swiss drivers Lilian Bryner and Enzo Calderari, who drive the #21 Ferrari 550 Maranello entered by Care Racing but managed by BMS Scuderia Italia. Bryner and Calderari, along with Stefano Livio, finished third in the amended results, and were delighted with the unexpected podium that prolonged their title hopes.

Fabrizio Gollin and Luca Cappellari unfortunately failed to score any points after retiring with clutch problems during the middle part of the race. The Italians are now 17 points behind the leaders, with only 20 points available.

"We did not do much celebrating after the race, as our focus is very much on securing the championships - something which is not yet certain," commented Marco Streparava, BMS' logistics manager, "It could be any one of the three Ferraris we manage which achieves success in the drivers' chase, so we will wait for the next round to see what happens.

"It was fantastic, however, to have everyone who has worked so hard on the programme there in Germany to enjoy the victory - from Frederic and Yves Emmanuel Dor of Care Racing to Augusto Mensi and to all the team members. It was the best possible result for the team."

 

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