Nurburgring: Thomas Biagi preview

Thomas Biagi's tour de force kicks off in Germany The Bolognese driver aims for a record four races in five weeks! Nurburgring (GER), 21 August 09 -- Nurburgring will be the setting for the tour de force that will see Thomas Biagi compete in...

Thomas Biagi's tour de force kicks off in Germany
The Bolognese driver aims for a record four races in five weeks!

Nurburgring (GER), 21 August 09 -- Nurburgring will be the setting for the tour de force that will see Thomas Biagi compete in four races in five weeks. He will be racing in the Le Mans Series and in the FIA GT1 where he will switch between driving a Lola-Judd Racing Box and a Corvette C6R fielded by Luc Alphand Aventures.

Despite it being the holiday period, it will be a full calendar and one that gets underway this weekend with the fourth and penultimate round of the Le Mans Series. Then it is on to Hungary for the FIA GT meet at Budapest (30 August). After that will be Silverstone and the LMS (13 September) and finally it will be on to Portugal for another FIA GT event (20 September). As if this weren't enough, the Emilian driver will also turn out on 6 September in Brno to commentate on the Ferrari Challenge series for Sky Sport!

At Nurburgring in the LMS, Thomas Biagi will be aboard a Lola B08/80. He should have been in second place in the Drivers' standings, just 6 points off top spot, going into the race. As things stand, he finds himself in third after a being hit with a penalty because Team Racing Box substituted his engine. As a consequence, Biagi was docked 2 points and will have to drop ten places on the starting grid in Germany. The decision (one that also affects Matteo Bobbi and Andrea Piccini) was taken by the federation after the race at Portimao held at the beginning of August.

"I understand and respect regulations to limit budgets", commented a disappointed Thomas Biagi. "But in this case there was absolutely nothing underhand: the engine had to be switched after the Judd experienced overheating problems during the race in Portimao. The same was true for Team Speedy. In my opinion it is a very harsh decision that takes away crucial points from the drivers and a team that has sacrificed a lot to be in top shape for such a competitive championship. However, this penalty will not hold us back - in fact it will make us even more determined. We came to Germany to attack. Our aim is to give our all and go into the last race at Silverstone challenging for the title".

-credit: thomasbiagi.com

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Andrea Piccini , Matteo Bobbi , Luc Alphand , Thomas Biagi