Lister targets classic enduros

FIA GT manufacturers' champion Lister is set to make an assault on the GTS class of the American Le Mans Series in 2002

Lister targets classic enduros

The British sportscar manufacturer is to build two cars next year. The first will be an evolution of this year's sprint car and will compete again in the FIA GT championship. The second is to be an endurance car, which will be developed to run at the Le Mans 24-hour race in 2002 and could also compete in a full season of ALMS.

"There's talk of it and it's possible, but it's not a definite," said Lister driver and FIA GT champion Jamie Campbell-Walter. "I think that's where the competition is. The FIA GTs get a lot of stick and people seem to think they're not as competitive, but we beat the [leading GTS] ORECA Viper qualifying time at Silverstone."

The all-new endurance Lister will incorporate a revised engine, gearbox and drivetrain, and will also sport a completely removable back-end - similar to the system used by Audi at Le Mans this year - enabling the gearbox and rear suspension to be changed within a matter of minutes.

The car may run as early as next summer at the 24-hour round of the FIA GT championship to be held at Spa-Francorchamps on 29 July. If the new Lister is finished in time, the event will be used as an opportunity for extra development.

For Jamie Campbell-Walter Q&A, click here.

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