CHAMPCAR/CART: Lola Cars have mixed weekend

Leading British racecar manufacturer Lola Cars International was back on the top step of the podium yesterday with another sportscar victory in Canada. Drivers Larry Oberto and Ryan Hampton steered their Lola B2K/40 SR2 to success in round...

Leading British racecar manufacturer Lola Cars International was back on the top step of the podium yesterday with another sportscar victory in Canada.

Drivers Larry Oberto and Ryan Hampton steered their Lola B2K/40 SR2 to success in round eight of the Grand American Road Racing Championship, the Players Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres in Quebec.

It was the Archangel Motorsport Services team's sixth SR2 category victory of the year and puts them firmly in charge in the points standings. But they had to work hard for the win after being involved in a nose-to-tail battle with the Mazda-Kudzu of Rich Grupp and Dennis Spencer.

Having qualified eighth overall as the leading SR2 car, the Lola was passed at the start by the Mazda, but Oberto and Hampton never let it out of their sight.

The pair re-took the category lead on the 63rd lap and were never headed again , crossing the line in their Nissan-powered Lola a lap ahead of the second-placed Mazda.

In the SR1 category the Philip Creighton Motorsports Lola B2K/10, driven by Claude Bourbonnais and Scott Schubot, came home a respectable fourth following a great fightback in the 92-lap race after suffering first lap misfortune when a spin dropped the car near to the tail of the field.

In America, Lola was also outperforming its rivals in the CART FedEX Championship Series. Reigning champion Juan Montoya broke the track record at the Chicago Motor Speedway to claim pole position for yesterday's round 12, the Target Grand Prix, then dominated much of the race, leading 102 of the first 144 laps.

Unfortunately, the Colombian, driving for the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team, dropped out of contention towards the end of the 225-lap race but Montoya's bad luck proved good news for fellow Lola driver Michael Andretti.

The Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford Lola driver claimed second place yesterday to stretch further his advantage at the top of the table. He now leads the championship by 22 points. The race was won by Cristiano da Matta.

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Series Grand-Am , IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Hampton , Dennis Spencer , Larry Oberto , Chip Ganassi , Claude Bourbonnais , Rich Grupp
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing