Sebastien Bourdais further stamped his dominance on this years Champ Car World Series title chase with his third consecutive win of the 2006 season in Sunday's Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey.

Even though the final results of the 76-lap blast around Monterrey's dusty 2.104-mile Fundidora Park circuit mirrored those in Long Beach and Houston, like he did in Texas one week ago the Newman-Haas Racing driver had to work every inch of the way for his 19th career CCWS victory.

In a race slowed by just one minor caution period for debris, which coincided nicely with the first of two rounds of mandatory pit stops, pole sitter Bourdais took the chequered flag three seconds clear of fellow front row starter Justin Wilson after an intense race long duel between the two.

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From the inside of row one on the 17-car grid Bourdais was able to hold off RuSPORT's Wilson into the first corner and proceeded to keep the Englishman at arms length through the first fuel stint, which ended with the sole caution of the day on lap 24.

Swift pit work from Wilson's crew got the #9 CDW Lola out ahead of the #1 McDonalds example and the ex Minardi and Jaguar Formula One man went on to lead the middle portion of the race with considerable ease as Bourdais found himself trapped behind the second RuSPORT entry of AJ Allmendinger.

From third on the grid Allmendinger had shadowed Bourdais for the first 24 laps and then forged his way ahead with a gutsy move around the outside of turn two on the lap 26 restart. However the young American driver didn't have the pace of his English teammate and could only succeed in holding Bourdais up as Wilson escaped to a three second lead.

With no further caution flags to bunch up the field the final round of pit stops took place under green flag conditions and would prove pivotal to the outcome of the race.

Allmendinger stopped from second on lap 53, finally releasing Bourdais while Wilson pitted from the lead on lap 55, going from the red walled option tyres to the harder regular compound as Bourdais squeezed one extra hot lap on light fuel tanks out of his car. The extra lap would be critical as Bourdais completed his slightly shorter stop and returned to the track with his nose ahead of both the RuSPORT machines

Despite one concerted passing attempt from Wilson as Bourdais tried to get his tyres up to temperature it soon became clear that Bourdais had the race under control and so it proved, for despite a late race scare as Will Power regained the track after a turn one moment directly in front of the leader, nearly forcing him off the track, Wilson was a beaten man.

While Bourdais' win gives him an even greater advantage in the standings, Wilson's second runner-up spot of the season helps move him back into second spot overall, albeit a massive 25 points behind the double defending champ.

Allmendinger finished a lonely third, nearly 15 seconds behind Bourdais but more than half a minute ahead of fourth place finisher Paul Tracy.

From fifth on the grid Tracy gained a place on the first lap over defending Monterrey winner Bruno Junqueira only to lose it again during the first round of stops. Junqueira was then adjudged to have blocked Tracy on the run to turn five on the restart lap and even though he subsequently relinquished the position to the 2003 champion he was still assessed a drive through penalty.

Junqueira's delay removed Tracy's only real competition, for although he had the measure of the rest of the field, he was not on a par with the top three. The Forsythe Racing drivers' cause wasn't helped by a mid race drinks bottle malfunction, which caused a brief off course excursion but didn't affect his final finishing position.

Team Australia's Alex Tagliani rounded out the top five after a strong run just one week after his scary Houston accident, finishing one second ahead of Mexican hero Mario Dominguez and a further half a second ahead of the impressive Andrew Ranger.

PKV Racing's Oriol Servia crossed the line in a distant eighth place and spent the entire race with a train of cars trying to pass his dirt-slow PKV Racing machine while Cristiano da Matta and a lapped Junqueira rounded out the top ten.

Rookie and Crash.Net columnist Katherine Legge had another tough afternoon in the second PKV Racing Lola for despite showing flashes of speed, including a string of mid race laps less than half a second behind the leaders, she ended the day in 15th place two laps down after a penalty for blocking Dan Clarke and a last lap spin in turn five.

Just two cars failed to make the finish with Dale Coyne Racing's Jan Heylen coasting to a halt in the final laps and CTE Racing-HVM's Nelson Philippe retiring on lap one following contact with his teammate Clarke.