The Lister Storm Racing Lister Storm no. 14, driven by Jamie Campbell-Walter and Nicolaus Springer, took its second victory of the year at the third round of the FIA GT Championship at Brno. Campbell-Walter took the lead on the very last lap of racing when Fabrizio Gollin, driving the no. 4 Carsport Holland Chrysler Viper GTS-R, ran out of fuel while leading, and was forced to complete a slow final lap to take third position.

The result means that Campbell-Walter and Springer retain the lead in the drivers' championship. The Briton started from third on the grid, but took the lead during a Safety Car period. He held it until the first round of pit stops, handing Springer a healthy lead as the team did not change tyres.

Springer handed back just short of the second hour for Campbell-Walter to finish. Campbell-Walter re-joined in sixth position, and enjoyed a classic battle for the lead with the no 1 Larbre Competition Chrysler Viper GTS-R of Christophe Bouchut, Gollin, and the no 12 Paul Belmondo Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R of Fabio Babini. Babini dropped out of contention after an excursion to the gravel, leaving Campbell-Walter and Bouchut to exchange places behind Gollin, but it was the Lister ahead at the flag. The second Lister Storm of Paul Knapfield and Bobby Verdon-Roe crashed out in the second hour of the race with Knapfield on board after the Englishman hit oil mid-corner and spun into the gravel.

The race represents the best result of 2002 for Larbre Competition, with the Chrysler Viper GTS-R no 1 of Christophe Bouchut and David Terrien taking second overall. The pair were running second in the second hour of the race with Terrien on board, Bouchut having pitted while running second behind the no 14 Lister Storm Racing Lister Storm of Jamie Campbell-Walter.

However, the pair lost time at the second round of pit stops when the left rear wheel got stuck, losing the team time and dropping them into the heat of the battle for second. The sister car, the no. 2 of Carl Rosenblad and Vincent Vosse, came home in fourth position overall, two laps down on the winners after struggling for rear-end grip during the first two stints.

Over at the Carsport Holland crew is was nothing but bad luck. The team watched both of its cars lose the lead of the race. The no. 3 Chrysler Viper GTS-R of Mike Hezemans and Anthony Kumpen crashed out with a healthy lead in the final hour when the left rear wheel fell off, causing Kumpen to spin into the gravel and out of the race. His team-mate Fabrizio Gollin, sharing the no. 4 Chrysler Viper GTS-R with Luca Cappellari, assumed the lead, but he ran out of fuel on the final lap, and struggled through to finish third overall.

Both the Paul Belmondo Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R cars finished in the points. Fabio Babini and Marc Duez were running second in the final hour of the race in the no 12 Chrysler Viper GTS-R, but Babini spun into the gravel under pressure from three other cars. The Italian recovered to finish fifth overall. The second car, the no 11 Paul Belmondo Racing Chrysler Viper GTS-R of Paul Belmondo and Robert Dierick, finished sixth.

Both of the BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranellos retired from the race. The no. 22 Ferrari 550 Maranello of Lilian Bryner was involved in a collision during the first hour of the race with Andrea Garbagnati's no. 51 Ferrari 360 Modena. The accident caused a Safety Car period, the only one of the race. The leading Ferrari 550 Maranello of Tomas Enge stretched out a lead in the opening half hour of the race, and the Czech pitted under the Safety Car. He then lost a lap to the leaders while waiting for the pit lane to reopen. He was recovering his position but spun off, picking up a stone in the engine that caused his retirement.

Stephane Ortelli and his new team-mate Marc Lieb won the N-GT class in the no. 54 Porsche 996 GT3 RS. Lieb was embroiled in a battle with the championship-leading Ferrari 360 Modena no 50 of Andrea Montermini and Christian Pescatori during his stint in the second half of the race, with the two cars lapping within one second of each other for nearly an hour. He was all but assured of victory when Montermini spun, losing time but remaining in second position. The Porsche crossed the line 20 seconds in front of the Ferrari to score its first win of the season, having been excluded from the first round for a fuel-tank infringement and crashed out of the second round at Silverstone.

Christian Pescatori, driving the no. 50 JMB Ferrari 360 Modena, had a fantastic battle in the first half of the race with the no 54 Freisinger Porsche 996 GT3RS of Ortelli, the no 58 Autorlando Porsche of Philipp Peter, who shares with Toto Wolff, and the no 60 JvG Racing Porsche of Jurgen von Gartzen, who shares with Ian Kahn. Andrea Garbagnati, who was driving the no 51 Ferrari 360 Modena that he shares with Andrea Bertolini, was forced out of the race in the first hour.

The Italian was pushed into a spin and was hit by the no 22 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranello of Lilian Bryner. Both cars were out on the spot, and caused the only Safety Car period of the three-hour race.

The Autorlando Sport team moved up to second position in the championship for teams after Toto Wolff and Philipp Peter finished third in their no 58 Porsche 996 GT3RS. Peter was one of the four cars battling for the lead of the class in the opening half of the race. The team finished fifth in the opening round of the championship, then was second at Silverstone two weeks ago.

The JvG Racing Porsche 996 GT3-R continued to score points, Jurgen von Gartzen and Ian Kahn finishing fourth in class to maintain their second position in the drivers' championship. The team is level on points in the classification for teams with Autorlando Sport, which finished third. Von Gartzen was involved in a four-car battle for the lead of the race during the opening half of the race, and narrowly fended off the no 53 JMB Competition Ferrari 360 Modena of Marco Lambertini, Batti Pregaliasco and Iradj Alexander at the line.

The System Force Porsche team of Peter van Merksteijn and Phil Bastiaans scored their first points of the season when they finished sixth in the N-GT class. The car was running well inside the top six despite suffering from oversteer, but ran low on fuel and was forced to make a splash-and-dash pit stop towards the end of the race.


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