Jamie Campbell-Walter and Nathan Kinch have lost their second successive FIA GT Championship victory, after race stewards in Germany found them guilty of causing the accident that all but destroyed Phillipe Alliot's Chrysler Viper.

The two cars were involved in an altercation on the main straight at Oschersleben on lap 101, when JC-W's Lister Storm was coming up to lap the Force One Viper. The two cars collided, with the Viper making heavy contact with the pit wall. Campbell-Walter's Lister was apparently undamaged in the incident, however, and the British crew went on to take the win - on the road at least - ahead of the points-leading #23 BMS Ferrari of Matteo Bobbi and Thomas Biagi.

"Jamie came up to lap Alliot, who moved over at the beginning of the pit straight," the team's press release later reported, "Towards the end of the straight, Jamie had to move slightly to the left to avoid a large piece of debris on the track. He could not see Alliot beside him or in his mirrors, so assumed he was in the blackspot just behind.

"Fractions of a second later, he felt the contact [Alliot's nose touching the Storm near the rear tyre] and, although Jamie corrected the Storm, Alliot's Viper turned violently sideways into the pit wall."

After the race, however, the stewards decreed that Campbell-Walter was guilty of causing an avoidable accident, and excluded the Lister from the results. The team has appealed the decision, so the revised finishing order remains provisional.

 

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