Matteo Bobbi

Born:
2nd July 1978 (Age 41)
Milan, Lombardy
Nationality:
Italian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Matteo Bobbi is one of a group of Italians who proved successful in the FIA GT Championship during the 2000s.

Early single-seater career

His formative years were spent in karting before switching to single-seaters and Formula Renault in 1998. It took time for his motor racing career to take off in the junior formulae but Bobbi was finally a pacesetter when he competed in the Spanish-based Formula Nissan. Runner-up in the 2002 championship with Vergani Racing, he also tested a Formula 1 Minardi PS01-Asiatech that year.

FIA GT Champion

Those tests continued into the New Year and Bobbi was Minardi’s Friday test driver at the 2003 San Marino Grand Prix. That one-off apart, Bobbi spent the year in the FIA GT Championship and emerged as a dominant champion with Thomas Biagi and a BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550M. They won six times – including the opening five rounds – to beat team-mates Fabrizio Gollin and Luca Cappellari to the 2003 title.

Bobbi had a new co-driver for 2004 but he and Gabriele Gardel narrowly lost the FIA GT title to Gollin and Cappellari. He was runner-up in the 2006 GT2 class with AF Corse’s Ferrari 430 and finished the 2007 Spa 24 Hours in fourth position on a guest appearance with Vitaphone’s Maserati MC12.

He raced in the Le Mans Series and in America before a successful four-race return to Michael Bartels’ Vitaphone concern in 2009 – winning his final race with the team that year at Zolder.