FIA GT » 07 September 2003
Lister duo scoop Anderstorp win.
Capitalising on the lap one retirement of GT class points leaders Thomas Biagi and Matteo Bobbi, factory Lister duo Jamie Campbell-Walter and Nathan Kinch gave Laurence Pearce's outfit their first FIA victory of the season at the Anderstorp circuit in Sweden.
The British duo finished Sunday's 3-hour, 114-lap race just 52 seconds ahead of the polesitting Franz Konrad/Walter Lechner Jr/Toni Seiler Saleen S7R, who gave the always fast but so often fragile American built beast its first top five finish of the season.
The Swedish sun - as opposed to last year's rain - shone on Lister Racing this weekend, with the British team taking its first win of the season after coming so close on many occasions. Jamie Campbell-Walter and Nathan Kinch finally shook off their run of bad luck to take the top step of the podium.
"This win has been a long time coming, and everyone has worked really hard," Campbell-Walter explained, "The team did a fantastic job in the pits, and by the end we could just cruise really. But towards the end I put in my fastest lap just to show the Dunlop boys how good they are!
"We've had an incredibly unlucky year - I think everyone knows this is a new car, the one Verdon Roe and Knapfield used last year, and was the only Lister chassis never to have won a race. Everyone was saying in the Lister workshop that it was jinxed, and that we would never win. But we've proved them wrong today, and now it's a lucky car."
Starting fifth on the grid, after missing a lot of track time during practice, the Storm ran strongly at the start, climbing up to third behind the Saleens. Kinch took the car over in second place, and gradually overhauled Toni Seiler in the Konrad, handing a good lead back over to Campbell-Walter, who came home to break the jinx which had seemed to plague the 2000 champions this season.
"The race was great," JC-W continued, "The Konrad guys were really quick at the beginning, but we settled into a rhythm, I had a great start, managed to bring the car into second place. Then Nathan did a great job, especially considering he did not have many laps this weekend. It was good to see him take the lead and pull away,
giving us a nice 18-second gap for the last pit stops."
The second factory Lister of Andrea Piccini and newcomer David Sterckx completed the podium, one lap behind their team-mates on a day where the flat and largely featureless 4-kilometre long Swedish track proved to be a real car breaker, especially in the GT ranks.
With their sister BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranello crew sitting on the sidelines before one lap was completed it was left to Luca Cappellari and Fabrizio Gollin to uphold Prancing Horse honours in fourth position, one lap behind the winners and one lap ahead of fifth place trio Lillian Bryner/Enzo Calderari/Stefano Livio in the Care Racing 550.
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