Jamie Campbell-Walter is a British racing driver who achieved the most in the sports car racing. His biggest success is the FIA GT Championship title in 2000. A year before, he was British GT champion. He captured both titles in a Lister Storm. His most recent success is the FIA WEC World Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Am drivers in 2013, which he achieved with Aston Martin Racing.
Starting a career in the Formula Vauxhall Junior
Born in December 1972 in Oban, Scotland, Jamie Campbell-Walter started his racing career in the Formula Vauxhall Junior in 1994. After finishing second in the Winter Series he was third in his first full FVJ season, winning one race in his rookie season. In 1995, he spent a season in the Formula Vauxhall and hoped to progress into British Formula 3.
Sports car racing debut in 1996 in a TVR Tuscan
But, his career went in another direction. He participated in few races of the TVR Tuscan Challenge in 1996 and then a full season in 1997, driving for Colin Blower Motorsport. The team was in charge of development for the TVR Cerbera race car, so Colin Blower invited Jamie to join him in two races with a new car.
In August, they won Donington's round of the British GT Championship in the #55 TVR Cerbera. A month later, they participated in the FIA GT race on the same track, not finishing the race. Until the end of the season, they recorded two more DNFs in the British GT Championship.
In 1998, Campbell-Walter stayed with Colin Blower in the TVR Tuscan Challenge, winning five races and finishing fourth in the points. In the British GT Championship, he moved to the Harrier Cars to drive the #2 Harrier GT-1 98. He finished 21st in the overall classification and 10th in the GT1 class.
1999 British GT champion with Lister Racing
For the 1999 British GT Championship, Jamie joined Lister Racing to drive the #14 Lister Storm GTL in the GT1 class. His teammate was Julian Bailey. They were race winners seven times, dominantly taking the championship title.
Storming the 2000 FIA GT Championship in a Lister Storm
In 2000, Campbell-Walter had full-time commitments in the FIA GT Championship and he won the title ahead of several Chrysler Viper crews. He and Julian Bailey were the race winners five times in the #14 Lister Storm.
During a year, Jamie participated in few British GT Championship races with David Warnock, winning at Brands Hatch and Silverstone. In August 2000, Lister's trio also participated at 1000 km of Suzuka, not finishing the race.
At the end of the season, Campbell-Walter received the John Cobb Memorial Trophy for most outstanding performance by a British driver in international competition.
Driving a Lister Storm until 2004
Campbell-Walter stayed with Lister Racing for three more FIA GT Championship seasons. In 2001, Jamie was the race winner three times (with Tom Coronel and Mike Jordan) in the #1 Lister Storm, finishing fifth in the points. In 2002, he won three times again, sharing a car with Nicolaus Springer and finishing third in the points.
In March 2003, Jamie had attempted with Lister Storm LMP at Sebring 12 Hours, not finishing the race. In the 2003 FIA GT Championship, he won just at Anderstorp, sharing a car with Nathan Kinch, to finish ninth in the final standings.
In 2004, Lister reduced GT racing commitments and Campbell-Walter moved to Creation Autosportif to drive a Lister Storm. A car wasn't competitive as before and he finished the season without wins or podiums.
Le Mans 24 Hours debut in 2005
Jamie Campbell-Walter was supposed to have Le Mans 24h debut in 2003 in a Lister Storm LMP. He was sharing a car with Nathan Kinch and Vincent Vosse but due to practice accident, they didn't start the race. A few months later, Jamie participated at 1000 km of Le Mans in a Lister Storm LMP.
In 2004, Creation Autosportif started its prototype programme parallel to FIA GT commitments with Lister Storm. They were running a DBA 03S-Zytek LMP1 prototype in the Le Mans Endurance Series and American Le Mans Series. Jamie participated in six races, scoring podiums at Nurburgring and Spa, sharing a car with Nicolas Minassian.
In June 2005, Jamie finally made a debut at 24 hours of Le Mans, sharing the #7 DBA 03S-Judd with Nicolas Minassian and Andy Wallace. They finished 14th overall and 7th in the LMP1 class. Later in the season, he scored three podiums to finish fifth in the Le Mans Endurance Series LMP1 classification.
Two wins at Silverstone 24 Hours
In 2006, Campbell-Walter had a limited racing programme, participating in just three races with Creation Autosportif's CA06/H LMP1 prototype, including retirement at 24h Le Mans. He was also driving Cirtek Motorsport's Aston Martin DBR9 at 1000 km of Spa.
The highlight of the year was Jamie's victory at Britcar Silverstone 24 Hours. He was driving a BMW Z4 Coupe for Austrian team Duller Motorsport, sharing a car with Dieter Quester, Dirk Werner and Tim Mullen. In 2007, Jamie returned to Silverstone with Duller Motorsport, capturing one more victory in a BMW Z4. Dieter Quester and Dirk Werner were again with him, the fourth driver was Johannes Stuck.
Driving for Creation Autosportif until 2009
In 2007, Campbell-Walter continued to race with Creation Autosportif, driving their Creation CA07-Judd LMP1 prototype in the Le Mans Series and American Le Mans Series. He retired at Le Mans 24h for the second year in a row.
In 2008, Jamie missed Le Mans race, participating just in selected races in Europe and the US, without notable results. He returned to Circuit de la Sarthe one more time with Creation Autosportif, driving the #4 Creation CA07-Judd in 2009. Sharing a car with Romain Iannetta and Vanina Ickx, he was 24th overall and 15th in the LMP1 class. It was his last race with the Creation, next year he moved to another British team.
Two seasons with Sumo Power Nissan GT-R
In 2010, Campbell-Walter joined British team Sumo Power GT to drive the #22 Nissan GT-R R35 in the FIA GT1 World Championship. His co-driver was Warren Hughes. The highlight of the season was their victory in the Tourist Trophy at Silverstone. Later in the season, they reached the podium at Paul Ricard and Navarra, finishing 16th in the final standings.
In the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship, Jamie was sharing the #21 Nissan GT-R R35 with David Brabham.They scored no wins but Jamie improved his overall position, finishing 10th in the final standings.
Australian adventure in 2012
In 2012, Campbell-Walter slowed down his racing activities, participating in just two races of the Blancpain GT Series with Gulf Racing UK. He was driving the #69 McLaren MP4-12C GT3 at Silverstone 3 Hours and Spa 24 Hours.
In October 2012, Jamie traveled to Australia to participate in one endurance round of the V8 Supercars Championship. He joined Britek Motorsport at Gold Coast 600 at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, sharing the #21 Holden VE Commodore with Chris Pither. They were 15th in both races.
GTE Am world endurance champion in 2013
In 2013, Campbell-Walter returned to full-time racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He joined Aston Martin Racing to drive the #96 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE in the LMGTE Am class. His partners were Stuart Hall and Roald Goethe. Jonny Adam replaced Goethe in two rounds.
After finishing sixth in the class at Le Mans 24 Hours, they scored the first class victory in the next round at Interlagos. The second win came at Circuit of the Americas. After eight rounds, Jamie Campbell-Walter and Stuart Hall secured the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Am drivers, beating closest opponents by just one point.
With FIA WEC Trophy in his hands, Campbell-Walter retired from full-time racing in 2014. Since then, he appeared in few classic endurance races and few races of the 24H Series with different teams.