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BMS, TMC win at Magny-Cours.

At this point, the #14 Lister had a lead of over half a minute, and appeared unassailable, but bad luck hit Campbell-Walter for the second race in a row, as a broken accelerator cable forced him to retire with only 14 minutes to go. Although the car was still classified sixth overall, it was of little consolation for the hard-working British crew.

The disappointment in the Lister camp was palpable, as it left the two BMS cars with a comfortable victory, while Piccini brought the remaining Storm in third place.

Behind them, the #11 Roos-Optima Chrysler Viper finished fourth, having started from 24th on the grid. The #8 Graham Nash Saleen of Ni Amorim, Pedro Chaves and Miguel Ramos was fifth, with Bobby Verdon-Roe and new team-mate Marco Zadra, in the Creation Lister, seventh after running into problems at the end of the race. Wieth Racing picked up the final point for eighth, the team's first point since starting work on their own version of the Ferrari 550 Maranello two years ago.

Neither JMB Racing Ferrari 550 Maranello made it to the finish, while the #18 Zwaan's Racing Chrysler Viper, having started from the last line of the grid, made it up to fifth place before retiring with engine problems.

“I would like to thank my team, team-mate and Michelin,” Thomas Biagi said afterwards. “It was very important for me to win at this track today, as I had my first F3000 race here many years ago, and in an accident, Marco Campos lost his life. I would like to dedicate this victory to his memory.”

In the GT points, BMS Scuderia Italia has a 22 points lead over Lister Racing, with the Swedish Roos-Optima Racing Team third. Biagi and Bobbi, who set the fastest lap with a time of 1min 38.625secs, jointly lead the drivers' classification, ahead of Gollin and Cappellari, with Piccini and Deletraz third.

The N-GT race was also incredibly close, with a number of leader changes, and some disappointing non-finishes for cars which showed great promise for much of the race. The leading N-GT car finished sixth in the overall classification, with only 1.93secs separating the top two cars.

The #50 Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-RS, with Ortelli at the wheel, led at the start. Setting the fastest lap on lap 9, with a time of 1min 44.283secs, the Monegasque was followed by two other Porsches, the #61 EMKA and #99 RWS Yukos examples leading the chase. Tim Sugden, with the speed he had shown all weekend, eventually took the lead in the EMKA car before, on lap 31, the Freisinger Porsche lost a wheel, and made slow progress back to the pits to replace it. Lieb also took the wheel earlier than had been planned, spoiling the team's strategy.

The EMKA and RWS cars were followed by both Team Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari 360 Modena cars. On lap 38, after a racing incident between the #75 Eurotech Porsche and the Autopalace Ferrari 360 Modena, the Autopalace car lost a door. However, the French car was otherwise undamaged and was able to continue.

Although the #50 was recovering well, it looked as if the EMKA Porsche was heading for a win. However, shortly after its second pit-stop, the car pulled off to the side after the Adelaide hairpin with a broken engine. The #99 RWS Yukos Porsche, of Stephane Daoudi and Walter Lechner then led, but stopped on lap 89 for a 'splash and dash', which left the #88 TMC car in the lead, ahead of the #50 Freisinger Porsche and the sister #89 TMC Ferrari, which were fighting for second position.



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