Max Angelelli closed the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype championship to a scant two points after taking victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Friday evening.

Victory in the 68-lap, two-and-a-half hour Montreal 400k was the second of the season for the Italian, co-driver Jan Magnussen and the #10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley team and, allied to results elsewhere, closed the gap to Scott Pruett to its smallest margin of the season.

Taking the lead from Antonio Garcia, Angelelli led the final 25 laps of the race, and was more than six seconds ahead of runner-up Marc Goossens before a late-race caution on lap 64 bunched the field. When the green flag flew four laps later, however, Angelelli sprinted away to win by 0.461secs.

Angelelli and Magnussen both led during the race, the Dane beating Jon Fogarty out of the pits on lap 14 and leading until the second round of pit-stops, when Fogarty retook the advantage a lap under yellow flag conditions. Angelelli then blasted out of the pits to fall in behind Garcia, while Alex Gurney, who jumped into #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley, dropped to tenth after a broken wheel gun prolonged the team's stop.

Angelelli and Garcia immediately took first and second from leader Brian Frisselle, who was off sequence on pit-stops, with the Italian then passing his Spanish rival under braking in the final turn on lap 44. He was challenged only on the race's final restart but, even then, withstood any attempt to go on and take the chequered flag.

"I had a fantastic car," Angelelli said, "I want to thank the team - they gave me a great pit-stop which gave us great position. The car was very strong and fast and I think we have found something in the car which will help us the rest of the year."

Magnussen, who had previous experience of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve from his time in F1, was strong during his entire stint, leading 20 laps overall as he and Angelelli added to their victory in the VIR 400k at Virginia International Raceway in April.

"We started off strong and the car came to me, which allowed me to pull up to the #99," Magnussen said, "The team gave us a great pit-stop and we came out ahead of the #99. Our car was good on old tyres and we were able to stay out front."

For Goossens and co-driver Jim Matthews, second was a best finish of 2007, the #91 Riley-Matthews Motorsports Pontiac Riley being a solid top five runner all afternoon in the Belgian's hands. Goossens took over from Matthews early on and made a strong pass on Pruett for third on lap 56, before putting Garcia behind him a lap later to move into second.

Matthews, who earned the Jim Trueman Award for his efforts, drove the first stint after qualifying twelfth. Goossens then took over and surged through the field, moving into the top five after the second round of pit-stops. He tried to challenge Angelelli on the restart, but didn't have enough momentum to overtake the Italian.

"He just took off a little earlier than I expected," Goossens admitted, "We had a very good car, but we did not have enough for Max at the end. We had a good car all weekend and Jim did a great job and gave me a car to race with in the end. I had a clear run up through the field and we are happy to be here in second."

Form duo Fogarty and Gurney had an up-and-down afternoon, but came away with third place to further close in on Pruett, the gap now nine points. Fogarty started the afternoon strongly, leading the opening 13 laps from his fifth straight pole and running third before handing over to Gurney. However, a long pit-stop during the driver exchange forced the pair to drop to tenth, prompting Gurney the thread his way through the field, picking off three cars in a couple laps and finally passing Pruett and Garcia in the final ten laps.

"I didn't know I'd get back up there," Gurney said, "We just had that problem in the pits. It was unfortunate, these things happen in a long season. We've had a lot of good luck for a lot of races, and it finally got us. We came out in tenth and, really, from then on, it's just classic Grand-Am racing. A lot of fun and kind of nasty tough stuff. I had a lot of fun, I passed a lot of guys, had a really good pass on Pruett, a good one on Garcia. We had a great car, maybe a car to win the race."

Garcia and Christian Fittipaldi put the #39 Crown Royal Special Reserve entry out front for three laps after running well throughout the afternoon, but eventually finished fourth. Pruett, who kept the #01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley in the top five after strong challenges, finished fifth with co-driver Memo Rojas.

Canadian Mark Wilkins and co-driver Brian Frisselle took the #61 AIM Autosport Lexus Riley to seventh after Frisselle led six laps, while Montreal native Patrick Carpentier started the #11 SAMAX/CITGO Pontiac Riley third and ran as high as second before handing the car off to Kris Szekeres. The duo finished tenth after Szekeres spun following contact with Pruett.

Last lap contact between GT class leader Dirk Werner and Emil Assentato decided the category, as Werner ran wide in the hairpin, allowing Andy Lally to take the point in the #66 TRG CRG/Maxter Porsche GT3 he shared with RJ Valentine, the duo's series-leading fifth victory of 2007. Lally had led earlier before Werner made a pass on lap 47, and it appeared Lally would stop just short of closing on Werner's point lead.

But, as the duo approached the hairpin on the final lap, Assentato nudged Werner ever-so-slightly, nearly sending him off course and giving Lally enough room to dive to the inside.

Lally took over in the opening 20 minutes from Valentine, who qualified the car 15th on the GT grid. Lally steadily moved his way to fourth and, like Angelelli, made a lap 44 pass for the lead. However, Werner retook the point three laps later, and led until the final lap. For much of the final 20 laps, the top three - Werner, Lally and Paul Edwards - ran nose-to-tail, and were separated by less than three seconds.

Lally and Valentine have closed the gap to five behind Werner with only the Sunchaser 1000 at Miller Motorsports Park in September remaining in the GT points race.

"It was an awesome green-white-chequer," Lally said, "I feel bad for Dirk though, as he got blocked up by a few cars we were trying to get by. He went high and I went to the bottom and he got hit by the car in the middle, which let me go by. It was a great finish for TRG."

Werner, who took over the #87 Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 from co-driver Bryce Miller midway through the race, led twice for a race-high 36 laps. Miller, who qualified third, and again helped Werner in his quest for the championship, as the pair collected its ninth podium finishes in a dozen starts this season.

"The car was good," Miller said, "Dirk and I were very happy with it. It was very unfortunate with the last lap contact, but we are happy to be here. Andy and RJ drove a great race and hats off to them."

Tom Nastasi, who started strongly in Grand-Am's KONI Challenge Series Grand Sport this season, shared third place with Terry Borcheller in the #15 Blackforest Motorsports Ford Mustang Cobra GT, despite running fifth on the final lap. Both drivers ran among the top five all afternoon, with Nastasi at one point in second. Borcheller tore through the field on the final lap, taking positions from Jean-Francois Dumoulin and Edwards to claim the final podium spot.

"We are in a teething process right now with the car," Borcheller said, "so we are ecstatic with a podium. The crew did a great job with the repairs on the car right before the race, using a soda can to fix the pulley on the alternator which held for the entire race. It was definitely exciting."

Dumoulin, a native of nearby Trois-Rivi?res, and co-driver Carlos de Quesada put the #22 Alegra Motorsports/Fiorano Racing Porsche GT3 in fourth, while the #06 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R of Tim Lewis Jr and Leighton Reese finished fifth, despite an early race spin.

After starting on the pole, Edwards and Kelly Collins dropped to eighth after spinning to avoid contact in the hairpin on the final lap. Collins led five laps, and Edwards ran third for the majority of his run before encountering several lapped cars on the final tour. Trying to avoid contact with Werner, Edwards spun in heavy traffic, sending him into the middle of the turn.

Fellow championship contenders Nick Ham and Montreal native Sylvain Tremblay finished ninth in the #70 SpeedSource Mazdaspeed Mazda RX-8, the Canadian joining Edwards in running in the top five on the final lap, only to spin off. The ninth-place finish eliminated Ham from title contention.