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Kristensen edges closer to title with Mosport win
18 August 2002
Tom Kristensen moved closer to the American Le Mans Series championship Sunday as he and teammate Rinaldo Capello scored a dominating victory in the mail2web.com Grand Prix of Mosport at Mosport International Raceway.
The Audi R8 drivers took their third win in the last four ALMS races, winning by a lap over the Audi R8 of Johnny Herbert and Stefan Johansson. Max Angelelli and JJ Lehto finished third in a Cadillac Northstar LMP 02.
Defending series champion Emanuele Pirro was taken to a local hospital for observation after crashing hard in turn 8 while battling Kristensen for the lead with just under an hour remaining in the two hour, 45-minute event. The Audi driver was briefly unconscious but was awake when transported.
Jeff Bucknum, Bryan Willman and Chris McMurry took their third win of the season, and second straight, in the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes, driving a Pilbeam MP84-Nissan to a four-lap victory. Melanie Paterson and Ross Bentley finished second in the class in a Lola B2K40-Nissan.
Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell won for the fifth time in seven ALMS races this year in the GTS class, driving a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R. Kelly Collins and Andy Pilgrim finished second, one lap behind in another Corvette.
Kevin Buckler and Brian Cunningham took a three-lap win in the GT class in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Peter Baron and Leo Hindery were second in another Porsche.
Three races remain in the 10-event season, with the next event Sept. 22 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.