Andrea Piccini made up for the disappointment of not having seen the chequered flag in the past two FIA GT Championship races by reaching the finish of the season finale at Monza.

Paired with the relatively inexperienced duo of David Sterckx and Gabriele Lancieri, Piccini finished in seventh place at the Italian venue and guaranteed the Lister team second place in the end-of-season points standings. With 39 points, Piccini dropped to an eventual seventh in the drivers' classification, but could point to a streak of bad luck which included two consecutive retirements due to technical inconveniences - suffering a broken radiator at Oschersleben and front brake problems at Estoril.

"It was the engine that made the difference this weekend," Piccini said of his Monza result, "Although the Lister has good aerodynamics, it suffers with its speed because it has less horsepower than its adversaries have.

However, in a year when the Ferrari 550 Maranello dominated, the Tuscan driver proved to be the best alternative throughout - in fact, he was the first of the 'non Ferrari' runners in the points list.

"At the end of the season, I can personally say that I'm satisfied, even though we may have deserved more," Piccini said, "I proved to be fast and competitive, regardless of some unfortunate mishaps and the all too many technical problems.

"I tried hard to win the title, but the Ferrari 550 Maranello's supremacy was untouchable. We know that we have to improve the reliability and the speed of the car in order to fight for the championship .It won't be easy, but that's the Lister's objective. I'm already working on being one of the protagonists next season."

 

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