Campbell-Walter’s title dream dashed

Reigning FIA GT champion Jamie Campbell-Walter has admitted his dream of regaining his title has been effectively dashed when he was taken out of the Hungaroring round of the series by a backmarker today (Sunday)

Campbell-Walter’s title dream dashed

The London-domiciled Scot was making a storming comeback from a poor start to the sixth round of the series in his Lister Storm. He was running second when a tail ender spun in front of him and he was unable to avoid it, inflicting heavy damage to the Lister.

"There were three backmarkers all over the place," said Campbell-Walter. "The front one spun and the other two avoided him. I had a space and then, suddenly, the one that went off came back on across my bows and hit me.

"We needed to win this one to keep our championship hopes alive. It's not looking good now. I'm gutted."

The one hope for the Lister crew is that the series-leading Larbre Competition Chrysler Viper of Christophe Bouchut and Jean Philippe-Belloc became stuck in the pits for a lap while the safety car was out and have dropped to 17th after the opening hour.

The pole sitting Carsport Holland Viper of Mike Hezemans and Jeroen Bleekemolen lead after the first hour of the 2hr 45min event, but didn't stop under the safety car. Fabio Babini leads the N-GT class in his Porsche.

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