Race: Ferrari wins; Bouchut's title

The final round of the FIA GT Championship at Estoril in Portugal was a topsy-turvy affair that started in soaking wet conditions after overnight storms but ended in bright sunshine. Andrea Piccini and Jean-Denis Deletraz won the race in their BMS Ferrari 550, but Christophe Bouchut won the title in his Larbre Competition Chrysler Viper

Race: Ferrari wins; Bouchut's title

Before the start, Larbre's David Terrien headed the points race from erstwhile team-mate Bouchut by two points, while Lister's Jamie Campbell-Walter and Nicolaus Springer lay a further 3.5 points adrift in third. On the opening lap, Terrien's Viper was retired by co-driver Sebastien Bourdais with a throttle cable failure, which meant the title was fought out between Bouchut and the Lister duo.

Piccini led from the start, but Campbell-Walter was on the charge and hit the front by lap six after an entertaining battle. Some cars had started on intermediate tyres, however, and Mike Hezemans (Carsport Viper) took full advantage as it started to dry out and took the lead from Campbell-Walter on lap 16. Further back, there was controversy as Bouchut tagged the second Lister of Ian McKellar into the gravel at Turn 3 in a battle over sixth.

During the second stint, for which everyone switched to slick tyres, Campbell-Walter took the lead again from Hezemans' co-driver Anthony Kumpen on lap 35. His efforts to extend the lead, which he needed to hand over to tardy team-mate Nicolaus Springer, were hampered due to a safety car period to retrieve Clause-Yves Gosselin's Belmondo-run Viper from the first corner where it had spun.

After the restart, Deletraz passed Kumpen for second on lap 49, while Campbell-Walter gave Springer a 35.952s lead for his stint, but it was nowhere near enough. Springer was hunted down by Piccini, who was lapping 4secs per lap faster, and lost the lead on lap 76. Hezemans took second from Springer a few laps later, and with Bouchut rising to fourth in the closing stages, Campbell-Walter and Springer needed to win to take the championship.

Campbell-Walter took over from Springer with 25 minutes remaining, dropping the car behind Bouchut to fourth, but was now 1m12secs behind leader Piccini. Despite a huge effort to catch up, which included him retaking Bouchut in the closing laps, Jamie was forced to settle for third. That gave Bouchut the title by one point from Terrien, with Campbell-Walter and Springer having to settle for joint third.


Piccini/Deletraz, Ferrari 550, 100 laps
Hezemans/Kumpen, Chrysler Viper, +22.069s
Campbell-Walter/Springer, Lister Storm, +44.867s
Bouchut/Vosse, Chrysler Viper, +49.902s
Gounon/Calderari/Bryner, Ferrari 550, +1 lap
Babini/Amorim, Chrysler Viper, +1 lap


Ortelli/Maassen, Porsche 996, 98 laps

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