Jamie Campbell-Walter still cannot believe his shock victory in the British leg of the new GT1 World Championship at Silverstone.
Yas Marina driver revels in his surprise victory at Silverstone
Jamie Campbell-Walter still cannot believe his shock victory in the British leg of the new GT1 World Championship at Silverstone. The Briton is Yas Marina Circuit's Formula One two-seater driver in Abu Dhabi, and Warren Hughes is his co-driver. The pair had driven a battling race from fifth on the grid to cross the line in third place in the second race of the series in their Sumo Power-run car on Sunday. But later that evening there was a remarkable turn of events that gave the team first place.
Darren Turner and Tomas Enge, the British round "winners" in their Aston Martin, were disqualified due to a technical infringement, while Thomas Accary and Frederic Makowiecki, the second-placed pair, received a post-race 15-second penalty for not serving a drive-through penalty quickly enough, which lifted Campbell-Walter and Hughes to top spot. Even though the result owed a lot to fortune, there was no doubting the improved pace of the Nissan after they had finished more than a minute behind the front runners in the opening round in Abu Dhabi last month, and Campbell-Walter was thrilled with the result.
"I have to express my condolences to Darren and Tomas as they did a great job and it can't be nice to be told you've won and then have it taken away. However, this is a superb result for us and I still can't quite believe it." The result sees Campbell-Walter and Hughes move up to fifth in the title standings. * Compiled by Graham Caygill