Jamie Campbell-Walter

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Jamie Campbell-Walter
Nationality British
Born (1972-12-16) 16 December 1972 (age 41)
Oban (Scotland)
2014 FIA GT1 World Championship
Debut season 2010
Current team Sumo Power
Car no. 22
Starts 20
Wins 1
Poles 0
Fastest laps 1
Best finish 16th in 2010
Previous series
FIA GT Championship
Championship titles
2000 FIA GT Championship GT1
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 20052007, 2009
Teams Creation Autosportif
Best finish 14th (2005)
Class wins 0

Jamie Campbell-Walter is a British professional racing driver. He was born in Oban, Scotland in 16 December 1972. He won the FIA GT Championship in 2000.

Family[edit]

Jamie is the son of Richard & Annie Campbell-Walter. Richard Campbell-Walter is the brother of famous 50/60's model Fiona Campbell-Walter. Fiona was the model daughter of Scottish Rear-Admiral Keith Campbell-Walter. Fiona met Baron Heinrich Von Thyssen and he was one of the world's richest and most sought-after playboys. Just 12 hours after getting engaged, Fiona Campbell-Walter and Baron Heinrich Von Thyssen were wed in a ceremony in Switzerland. Royal photographer Cecil Beaton claimed Fiona Campbell-Walter as his favourite model, and she regularly graced the cover of glossy magazines such as Vogue & Tatler, earning £2000 a day, considered a fortune in the mid-50s. One photographer said of her: "She was so young then the make-up wouldn't stay on her face. Her skin wouldn't support make-up, she was so fresh and beautiful, with that marvellous profile and great allure."

Jamie is also the great Grandson of Sir Edward Taswell Campbell, 1st Baronet.

Early career[edit]

Like many young drivers, Jamie Campbell-Walter started racing in single seaters. He made his debut in the Formula Vauxhall Junior Winter Series in 1993, taking second place in the championship, followed by a third place in the British national championship in 1994. Campbell-Walter moved to the higher Formula Vauxhall series in 1995 where he was fifth in the championship, which he hoped would propel him into the British Formula Three Championship the following year. However, even though he did perform one test in a British Formula Three car, he was unable to find the funding necessary and did only 5 races for James Crofts Racing in the 1996 TVR Tuscan Challenge.

National and international GT racing[edit]

In 1997, Campbell-Walter returned to racing, taking a drive in the TVR Tuscan Challenge, a one-make trophy organised by the British manufacturer. He took fourth place in the series championship after winning two rounds for Colin Blower Motorsport. Blower, who was in charge of development for the TVR Cerbera's motorsport program, invited Campbell-Walter to co-drive with him in the racing Cerbera in selected rounds of the British GT Championship. The pair won the Donington Park round before the both of them made their debut in the FIA GT Championship at the 4 Hours of Donington Park, retiring after 38 minutes.

The following year, Campbell-Walter stayed with Colin Blower for the TVR Tuscan Challenge, where he took five wins but was only able to finish fourth in the drivers championship once more. In the British GT Championship, he moved to the Harrier team, finishing 21st in the overall classification and 10th in the GT1 class.

A move to Lister Racing in 1999 saw Jamie Campbell-Walter take his first ever drivers championship, winning the British GT title driving alongside Julian Bailey in the Lister Storm GT1. The pair took seven wins in eleven rounds, including the Oulton Park Gold Cup, and lead the Blue Coral G-Force Porsche 911 GT1 driving line-up of Magnus Wallinder and Geoff Lister by 20 points, securing the championship before the season was even over.

Having taken part in selected rounds of the FIA GT Championship in the previous season, Lister Racing made a full force assault on the international series in 2000, retaining the line-up of Campbell-Walter and Bailey. The duo were once again successful, taking the GT1 title with 59 points after five wins in ten races. Campbell-Walter also won the two rounds of the British Championship he took part in, alongside David Warnock, and won six events with a partial season in the TVR Tuscan Challenge. At the end of the season, Jamie Campbell-Walter was awarded the John Cobb Memorial Trophy for most outstanding performance by a British driver in international competition.

For the following three seasons, Campbell-Walter remained at Lister Racing, taking another seven wins, and finishing fifth (2001), third (2002) and sixth (2003) in the drivers championship. Over those years he was partnered by Tom Coronel, Nicolaus Springer and Nathan Kinch. In the 2002 in was awarded by Autosport Magazine Best international GT driver.

In 2004, Lister reduced its commitments to GT racing and Jamie Campbell-Walter moved to privateer Creation Autosportif. However, Creation's Lister was not as competitive as the works car had been on previous years, and Campbell-Walter, driving alongside partner Jamie Derbyshire scored no podium position and finished the championship in 13th place. In 2005, he made a lone appearance in FIA GT to drive in the Spa 24 Hours for Russian Age Racing, taking the wheel of a Ferrari 550 Maranello.

In 2006 Jamie also drove for the Red Bull BMW team in the Silverstone 24 hours race and won the race, his first 24-hour victory.

In 2007 Jamie once again won the Silverstone 24-hour race in the Red Bull BMW team and also won the Dubai 24 hours race with the same team and car.

For 2010 & 2011 Jamie joined the Sumo Power GT Team driving the infamous Nissan GTR in the FIA GT1 World Championship. The first was a huge success for such a new car and Jamie was teamed up with Warren Hughes. For 2011, Jamie has stayed with the team and has been joined by David Brabham youngest son of 3 time Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham.

Le Mans and prototype racing[edit]

Following their years in FIA GT, Creation Autosportif bought its own prototype program, having acquired the Reynard-built DBA 03S from RN Motorsport, later becoming known as the Creation CA06/H. Jamie Campbell-Walter was partnered with Nicolas Minassian for the 2004 Le Mans Endurance Series, taking two pole-positions and podium positions at Nurburgring and Spa.

In 2005, the teams fortunes improved and Campbell-Walter and Minassian (occasionally partnered also by Jean-Denis Délétraz) achieved a second place at Silverstone, a third place at Spa, and another third at Istanbul. Campbell-Walter also made his competition debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, following a failed attempt in 2003, where his Lister Storm LMP was crashed in qualifying. The Creation team took fourteenth place overall and seventh in class, with Campbell-Walter driving alongside Minassian and Andy Wallace.

For the 2006 season, while Creation expanded to two cars later in the season, Campbell-Walter was forced to drive an Aston Martin DBR9 on occasion for Cirtek Motorsport. Once reunited with Creation, he drove alongside Felipe Ortiz and Beppe Gabbiani to take third place at Donington. He also ran at Le Mans with Ortiz and Gabbiani, but retired three hours before the finish with engine failure.

For 2007, he was once more a driver for Creation Autosportif, driving alongside Shinji Nakano and Felipe Ortiz, taking the first points for the Creation CA07 at Nurburgring. Jamie achieved one podium in Interlagos, Brazil. Then contributed to getting the team's second and third podiums of the year at Laguna Seca and Petit Le Mans.(USA)

In 2008, Jamie suffered an accident at Monza, breaking 4 vertebra in his back, he escaped death after having a wishbone fail at 195 mph. Campbell-Walter returned to a race car within 7 months.

In 2009, Jamie competed at Le Mans 24hrs and finished 14th in class with Vanina Ickx.

Outside Racing[edit]

2010, Jamie is now the official Formula One driver for the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. He drives the ex Minardi 2 seater Formula One car for promotional purposes and for paying clients.

Racing record[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2005 United Kingdom Creation Autosportif Ltd. France Nicolas Minassian
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
DBA 03S-Judd LMP1 322 14th 7th
2006 United Kingdom Creation Autosportif Ltd. Switzerland Felipe Ortiz
Italy Giuseppe Gabbiani
Creation CA06/H-Judd LMP1 240 DNF DNF
2007 United Kingdom Creation Autosportif Ltd. Japan Shinji Nakano
Switzerland Felipe Ortiz
Creation CA07-Judd LMP1 55 DNF DNF
2009 United States Creation Autosportif Belgium Vanina Ickx
France Romain Ianetta
Creation CA07-Judd LMP1 319 24th 15th
2013 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Roald Goethe
United Kingdom Stuart Hall
Aston Martin Vantage GTE LMGTE Am 301 30th 6th

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2010 Sumo Power GT Nissan ABU
QR

13
ABU
CR

12
SIL
QR

5
SIL
CR

1
BRN
QR

21
BRN
CR

17
PRI
QR

3
PRI
CR

8
SPA
QR

19
SPA
CR

11
NÜR
QR

16
NÜR
CR

8
ALG
QR

9
ALG
CR

Ret
NAV
QR

5
NAV
CR

3
INT
QR

14
INT
CR

Ret
SAN
QR

13
SAN
CR

16
16th 52
2011 Sumo Power GT Nissan ABU
QR

8
ABU
CR

9
ZOL
QR

11
ZOL
CR

Ret
ALG
QR

3
ALG
CR

3
SAC
QR

8
SAC
CR

5
SIL
QR

Ret
SIL
CR

Ret
NAV
QR

4
NAV
CR

3
PRI
QR

9
PRI
CR

4
ORD
QR

3
ORD
CR

7
BEI
QR

11
BEI
CR

8
SAN
QR

7
SAN
CR

Ret
10th 75

Touring Car racing[edit]

V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Final Pos Points
2012 Britek Motorsport Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

SYM
R3

SYM
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

PHI
R10

PHI
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

SMP
R18

SMP
R19

SAN
Q

SAN
R20

BAT
R21

SUR
R22

15
SUR
R23

15
YMC
R24

YMC
R25

YMC
R26

WIN
R27

WIN
R28

SYD
R29

SYD
R30

NC 0 †

† Not Eligible for points

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steve O'Rourke
Tim Sugden
British GT Champion
1999 with:
Julian Bailey
Succeeded by
Calum Lockie
Preceded by
Karl Wendlinger
Olivier Beretta
FIA GT Champion
2000 with:
Julian Bailey
Succeeded by
Christophe Bouchut
Jean-Philippe Belloc
Preceded by
none
FIA Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Am Drivers
2013 with:
Stuart Hall
Succeeded by
Incumbent