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Ferrari Happenings
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Ferraris Win at Oschersleben GT
*25.9.03
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Thomas Biagi and Matteo Bobbi moved a step closer towards the 2003 FIA GT Championship when they took their sixth win of the season in Oschersleben in their 550 Maranello. Although they finished the race in second place, crossing the line 23 seconds behind the Campbell-Walter/Kinch Lister Storm, the Storm was later excluded from the results for causing an avoidable accident.

The car, which had collided with Philippe Alliot's Chrysler Viper, was deemed to have put at serious risk the people working on the pit wall and the officials. The Viper hit the pit wall with force, bringing out the safety car but Alliot emerged unscathed. The team, Lister Racing, has appealed the decision and the results therefore remain pending.

In the Teams Classification, BMS Scuderia Italia now has a lead of 40 points over nearest rivals Lister Racing, which is an unassailable lead in the Teams Championship with two rounds provisional.

As for Bobbi and Biagi, two drivers in their first season of GT racing, they are now 11 points clear of their nearest rivals, Lilian Bryner and Enzo Calderari who drive the nr 21 550 Maranello entered under the Care Racing name but run by the same team. Bryner and Calderari, with Stefano Livio, finished in third place in the amended results, and were delighted with the unexpected podium, especially after losing time in the pits when their engine would not start. Gollin and Cappellari, who also drive a 550, failed to score after retiring with clutch problemsand are now 17 points behind, with only 20 points available.

Andrea Piccini, the only non-Ferrari driver in the title chase before this round, is now out of contention, his Lister Storm retiring mid race with a broken radiator.

In the N-GT class Andrea Bertolini and Fabrizio De Simone led an all-Ferrari N-GT podium in their JMB Racing 360 Modena. Starting from pole, the two Italians dominated the race, only losing the lead due to differing pit stop strategies. They finished 12 seconds ahead of the Team Maranello Concessionaires 360s, with Jamie Davies and Darren Turner ahead of Kelvin Burt and Tim Mullen. The EMKA Porsche, victorious in the previous round in Sweden, ran an ambitious one-stop strategy and was forced to fall back from second to fourth in the closing stages of the race.

“We are very happy with this win,” Bertolini said. “The car was very fast today, we have worked hard all weekend and this is especially thanks to the Pirelli tyres, which were excellent today.”

In the points, Ortelli and Lieb, who finished in fifth place today, are now 12.5 points ahead of Jamie Davies and fifteen points ahead of Fabrizio De Simone, with two races remaining. As far as the teams are concerned, 17 points separate Freisinger Motorsport from Team Maranello Concessionaires. Although the German team has a good lead, with 36 remaining in play, the title fight will continue on to the next round in Estoril, Portugal.

And at Estoril expect the debut of the new JMB-run 575 GTC.......

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