FIA GT race: Lister wins

Jamie Campbell-Walter and Nicolaus Springer won the eighth round of the FIA GT Championship in their Lister Storm at Enna Pergusa to close the gap on championship leaders Christophe Bouchut and David Terrien, who finished fifth in their Larbre Competition Chrysler Viper GTS-R.

FIA GT race: Lister wins

Mike Hezemans led into the final 15 minutes of the three-hour event when he pitted for fuel. However, Carsport Holland Chrysler Viper GTS-R refused to start, the fuel tank having been completely empty and unable to pick up the fuel he had taken on board.

Andrea Piccini, driving the BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranello, and Fabio Babini in a Paul Belmondo Racing Viper, could also have been in contention for the win, but they collided in the final hour. Piccini came off worst and pitched side-ways into the tyres but was able to return to the pits. The team sent him out again but on a high-speed section of the track his rear suspension collapsed, sending him into the barriers and retirement.

Babini was awarded a stop-and-go penalty for his part in the original incident, and that dropped him to third position overall at the flag. Boris Derichebourg was fourth in the other Paul Belmondo Viper after a relatively trouble-free race.

In the N-GT class, it was the Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-R of Stephane Ortelli and Marc Lieb that took a comfortable victory, ahead of their team-mates Stephane Daoudi and Cyrille Sauvage. Lieb started and steadily moved from his fifth position in class on the grid to lead by the time he handed to Ortelli, who stroked the car home.

Andrea Montermini and Iradj Alexander were third in the class, a move that takes Montermini ahead of his former co-driver Christian Pescatori in the title chase. Pescatori was slowed by a brake problem, that dropped himself and his co-driver Andrea Bertolini down to fourth position at the flag.

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