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Brumos wins Grand-Am finale

"It was a hard-fought battle all day long, and we fought hard for every position," he said, "We gave it all we had. It was a brutal day - the heat was ugly - but that's the way it is."

Darren Law and David Donohue, winners of the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, finished fifth in the #58 Brumos Porsche Riley.

Scott Tucker and Christophe Bouchut finished sixth in the #55 Supercar Life Racing BMW Riley after Bouchut led twelve laps, and Tucker also drove in the team's #95 sister car, joining IndyCar regular Ryan Hunter-Reay in sharing an eleventh-place finish. At one point, the team-mates ran 1-2 before both cars pitted.

Collins and Edwards took their second consecutive victory at Homestead in the GT class, but it took Edwards going from fourth to first on the final restart to seal the team's first success of 2009.

"It was just carnage on the last restart," Edwards said, "Everyone had the same idea - go for the glory. I had the same idea as everyone, but I came out clean - a little bit better than everyone else. I saw the destruction derby coming, and went to the outside and missed them all."

Collins finished the year second in the points, albeit some 29 points down on new champions Keen and Werner..

"We got lucky, but I'd rather be lucky than good any day," he said, "We've had a lot of bad luck this year, and still came back to finish second in the championship."

Collins entered the race still eligible for the GT title, but was eliminated when Keen ran the 30 minutes needed to score points in the #87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3. Keen clinched his first title, while Werner, who won the title for the team in 2007, ran the 30 minutes he needed to join Keen atop the standings following a third-place finish.

"We started the year with the one objective - the championship," team owner Greg Loles commented, "We were very fortunate, because we were up against a very good group of people, like the #07 team. This championship is more special. We won in '07 with our consistency, but we won more races this year, and I couldn't be happier."

"For me, it is awesome to win a second championship in only three years here in the States," Werner added, "It was only possible with this team and I'm very happy."

Liddell held the lead in the #57 Stevenson Automotive/BryanMark Financial Pontiac GXP.R started by Andrew Davis on the final restart, but was bottled up in heavy traffic as Edwards went by. The Scot had led three times for a race-high 37, but had to settle for finishing second.




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