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Pirro is the Michelin Man.

Brabham made good use of new tyres in the final green flag stint to grab fourth from a disheartened Johansson and the leading Panoz was also on he same lap as the leaders by race's end, a total of 48 seconds behind the winner.

Marc Goossens and Tony Ave piloted the trusty Riley & Scott MkIIIC to a sixth place finish, the best the car could do under the circumstances, and were just a single lap off the pace at the end. Eric Bernard brought the second factory Caddy home in seventh place with co-driver Emmanuel Collard as the GM machines wind up their careers looking better than they ever have done.

The battle for LMP675 honours fell to the KnightHawk Racing MG/Lola of Chad Block, Claudia Huertgen and Steve Knight by an unrepresentative seven laps for as they did in Laguna Seca, the baby prototypes put on a great show.

For a long time it looked as though they class would go the way of the Dyson Racing EX257 driven by James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger before that car lost some ten laps in the pits with mechanical problems. Then the race seemed to be going the way of the hard-working Intersport team of Jon Field and Michael Durand. Durand held a slender lead over Block heading into the final hour but the chasing black and orange machine gradually closed in and finally grabbed the lead a few corners before Durand's rear suspension appeared to fail, putting him out of the race.

Block proceeded to bring the KnightHawk car home in a fine eighth place, just three laps behind Pirro while Leitzinger charged back up to second in class in the final five minutes as he passed local driver Orlam Sonora in the AB Motorsports Pilbeam.

The GTS class scrap was a real knock down drag out affair with bumping and barging the order of the day. Surviving the carnage with the least amount of bent metal was the Corvette of Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell although it was only after a truly epic four-marque battle in the early stages did the Chevrolet duo emerge with a one lap lead.

Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins gave the Pratt & Miller team a most welcome 1-2 finish following their Laguna Seca mishaps with Collins leading a rather battered looking Prodrive Ferrari home by just ten seconds for second in class. The Team Olive Garden Ferrari finished a steady fourth in class after the Marino Franchitti/Marc Bunting Viper and all three Saleen's encountered difficulties but only after leaving their mark on both the race and their rivals.

In the GT ranks, Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen led home Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard by a lap in yet another Alex Job/McKenna 1-2. Kevin Buckler and Brian Cunningham finished a somewhat familiar third in their Racers Group Porsche while the token BMW presence evaporated after less than five laps with the retirement of both Alegra Motorsports M3's.





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