Second At The Finish Line But Demoted Down To Fourth Place. The third round of the FIA GT Championship in Magny-Cours was highly disappointing for Matteo Bobbi. The driver from Milan finished in 2Â°place after the three hour race but a ...
Second At The Finish Line But Demoted Down To Fourth Place.
The third round of the FIA GT Championship in Magny-Cours was highly disappointing for Matteo Bobbi. The driver from Milan finished in 2°place after the three hour race but a collision between his team- mate Gardel and Cappellari's nr 2 Ferrari, added a 50 second penalty to the Bobbi- Gardel team's time. After this penalization, Matteo Bobbi dropped to 4th place in the classification. BMS Scuderia Italia immediately lodged an appeal concerning their penalty and so the results remain provisional.
It's a real pity, Matteo was able to keep up a good rhythm throughout the race even without a functioning first gear during the last 15 laps. Matteo was able to conquer his third consecutive podium but then came the Marshalls' decision, the team's appeal and a temporary result.
"I can't deny that I'm in a bad mood. For the third consecutive time, we conquered the podium but the Marshalls' decision took it away. We have however asked for an appeal and so the classification isn't written in stone just yet.
At the end of the race, thanks to the second place win, we were at a tie with Gollin and Cappellari with 24 points each. Instead, we now have a 5 point difference .I used the power steering for the first time here in Magny-Cours and this made the driving more comfortable and the race less exhausting. During the qualifications,I had 2 disadvantages: traffic during my fastest laps and the car's set up wasn't perfect .
During the race we once again proved our competitive side although I must congratulate Bartels and Alzen for their Saleen victory. We are now going to calmly wait for the FIA's decision and I hope that our podium success will be given back to us."