The last round of the FIA GT Championship ended on a sour note for new series champions Matteo Bobbi and Thomas Biagi, as a magnificent debut season ended with a sixth place finish on home soil at Monza.

A collision with the lapped Porsche 996 GT3 of Russian drivers Fomenko and Vasiliev seriously damaged the front part of the #23 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranello. Bobbi had no option but to make a pit-stop for repairs, losing around two minutes, and was then forced to complete the race with a damaged car.

"We didn't need this little problem!" Bobbi sighed, "We came to Monza with the title in our pockets, but we wanted to win this race in front of all our fans.

"When I was in the lead, a collision with a car that I had lapped broke the front part of the car into pieces. I made a pit-stop, and the boys who repaired the car were
great, allowing me to continue in the race, but we had wasted a lot of time and it was impossible to recover with a damaged car."

The sometime Minardi test driver was not about to let the disappointment spoil his memories of the year, however.

"This is only a tiny flaw in our picture-perfect season," he insisted, "This was our first experience with this type of car and we imposed ourselves with authority right from the start. In fact, we won six out of the ten rounds of the championship, and won the first five consecutively to set a record. It was a great season.

"My success is the success of the people who have collaborated with me and whom I'd like to thank - the engineers, mechanics, technicians and my sponsors Fondmetal and SBS.

"Right now, I'm savouring this moment of victory but we have already started working on the next season. To stay on top you never have to stop working."



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