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Hart attacks at Brno.

Dutchman David Hart put in a great wet weather drive for the Carsport Holland team who won their third race of the year and sent the GT Championship to a showdown at Magny Cours.

For the second race in succession, the weather was not kind to the GT Championship contenders and after two fine, bright days in the Czech Republic, Sunday at Brno dawned grey and overcast.

The morning warm-up was held on a drying track although any hopes of a dry race were dashed when a mid morning downpour forced the start to take place behind the safety car. The race was delayed for more than half an hour whilst the course workers tried to clear the rivers of water that had started flowing across the circuit. After five 'slow' laps, the 24 cars were unleashed in a great plume of spray with pole man Julian Bailey in the Lister Storm taking the lead into the first turn.

With a clear view ahead, Bailey simply walked away from the rest of the field in the opening laps and his lead was out to more than ten seconds after just half a dozen laps. Behind the Englishman, the second Lister of Philippe Favre, the Carsport Holland Viper of Mike Hezemans and the first of the two Belmondo Viper's of Vincent Vosse were disputing second place. All three cars took turns in holding the place until Hezemans finally made a clear break and set off after Bailey.

Conditions were decidedly changeable in the early going with the rain abating after just a few laps and a faint dry line emerging. The slow speed of the race meant that many teams switched to a one-stop strategy, leaving the supposedly slower drivers out at the finish. Hezemans and Hart however were intent on making two pit stops and knowing that Bailey and Campbell-Walter would more than likely be going for just a single stop, the former slowly began cutting into the lead of the Lister as the race moved towards the first pit window.

With conditions looking uncertain, the leading Lister squad took a major gamble on sending JCW out on slick tyres. It took the team just half a lap to realise that they had made the wrong decision for within a matter of laps the Englishman was tumbling down the order. Hezemans chose to send out co-driver David Hart on his used wet tyres and the Dutchman moved into the lead as the Lister floundered. However the orange car had another Lister to contend with as Nicolaus Springer had moved the sister Storm up into second place ahead of Boris Derichebourg in the leading Belmondo Viper.

Surprisingly, Lister kept JCW out on slicks for more than ten laps and although the Englishman should've been given an award for bravery, the black and white car had dropped to sixth by the time he finally had wet tyres again.

Up at the front Hart easily moved clear of Springer and the Dutchman put in his best performance of the year by far as he handed Hezemans a lead that would not be lost.

The main point of interest in the second half of the race was the stunning progress of Campbell-Walter who gripped the Lister by the scruff of the neck and set about reducing his one lap deficit to the leader. JCW soon set about his task with considerable aplomb and overtook both Belmondo Viper's, Lausitzring winner Wolfgang Kaufmann and the second Lister of Favre on his way to a well-deserved second place.



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