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CONTACT: SCCA PRO RACING (303) 694-7223 102354.2054@compuserve.com LEWIS TAKES SEARS POINT WORLD CHALLENGE S2 WIN; COPPELLI CLAIMS DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP; TIM ALLEN SIXTH SONOMA, Calif. -- Shane Lewis, driving the ...

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LEWIS TAKES SEARS POINT WORLD CHALLENGE S2 WIN; COPPELLI CLAIMS DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP; TIM ALLEN SIXTH

SONOMA, Calif. -- Shane Lewis, driving the #19 Mosler Intruder, took a 2.304- second overall and class margin of victory over Rob Rizzo in the SCCA World Challenge S2 class race at Sears Point Raceway.

Lewis started the 26-lap, 65.598-mile contest fifth after posting the fastest time in qualifying but was up to the front by the end of the first lap. After being passed by Almo Coppelli, of Milan, Italy, on lap two, Lewis regained a lead he would never relinquish despite a strong challenge from Rizzo.

"I'm beat," said Lewis. "This is the most tired I've ever been after any race. I drove every lap like it was a qualifying lap."

Finishing third was Coppelli, in the #00 Callaway Corvette. Coppelli's finish earned him the 1996 World Challenge S2 class Drivers' Championship title as well as the Red Line Oil Rookie of the Year Award.

"It's been a very long season--I've had to split my time between here and racing in Europe," said Coppelli. "This was a very rewarding championship because it was so difficult to achieve. Going into the race I was very nervous because I had everything to lose. I was very aware of the points battle throughout the race--my crew told me over the radio. I just took my time and was patient."

Rizzo's second place finish earned Saleen the Manufacturers' Championship title. Finishing sixth was television and motion picture star Tim Allen, in the #75 Saleen/Allen Saleen Mustang.

In the S1 class, Melanie Snow, in the Martin Snow Racing Porsche 911 EVO, topped a four-car field of S1 cars to claim her first World Challenge win. Snow won with a 89.43-second margin over Harry Bytzek, while Snow's husband Martin Snow finished third to win the S1 class Drivers' Championship.

Also competing in the race was a 10-car GTA class field. Here, Vic Rice, of San Rafael, Calif., bested Rudy Revak by 1.383-second, with Memo Gidley claiming the final podium position.

SONOMA, Calif. -- Results from the 26-lap, 65.598-mile SCCA World Challenge Sports Division combined S2, S1 and GTA class race at Sears Point Raceway, with finishing position, starting position by class in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out.

S2 CLASS 1, (5), Shane Lewis, Jupiter, Fla., Mosler Intruder, 26. 2, (8), Rob Rizzo, Providence, R.I., Saleen Mustang, 26. 3, (3), Almo Coppelli, Milan, Italy, Corvette LM, 26. 4, (4), Steve Saleen, Irvine, Calif., Saleen Mustang, 26. 5, (1), Kevin Buckler, Sonoma, Calif., Porsche 911, 26. 6, (6), Tim Allen, Burbank, Calif., Saleen Mustang, 25. 7, (11), Rob Fellows, Burlington, Ontario, Saleen Mustang, 25. 8, (12), Brian Richards, Pleasant Hill, Calif., Mazda RX-7 Turbo, 25. 9, (9), Doc Bundy, Gainesville, Ga., Lotus Esprit Turbo, 6, Fire. 10, (7), Thomas F. Safar II, Point Pleasant, N.J., Chevy Corvette, 3, Mech. 11, (2), Stephan Dinan, Cupertino, Calif., BMW 540 Sport, 1, Mech. 12, (10), Monte Smith, Liberty, Utah, Porsche 911 T, 0, DNS. Time of race: 48 minutes, 31.034 seconds. Average speed: 81.123 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 2.3040 seconds Lap leaders: lap 1, #19 Lewis; lap 2, #00 Coppelli; laps 3-26, #00 Coppelli. Fastest race lap: Rob Rizzo, 1:39.063 (91.687 mph)

S1 CLASS 1, (2), Melanie Snow, Pleasant View, Utah, Porsche 911 EVO, 23. 2, (3), Harry Bytzek, Ontario, Porsche 911 EVO, 23. 3, (4), Martin Snow, Pleasant View, Utah, Porsche 911 EVO, 19, Mech. 4, (1), Klaus Bytzek, Woodbridge, Ontario, Porsche EVO, 11, Mech. Time of race: 48 minutes, 43.097 seconds. Average speed: 71.466 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 89.433 seconds Fastest race lap: Martin Snow, 1:42.132 (88.931 mph) Lap leaders: lap 1, #09 Bytzek; laps 2-19, #56 Snow; laps 20-23, #73 Snow.

GTA Class 1, (1), Vic Rice, San Rafael, Calif., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 26. 2, (2), Rudy Revak, Los Gatos, Calif., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 26. 3, (3), Memo Gidley, San Rafael, Calif., Chevrolet Lumina, 26. 4, (4), Nelson Richardson, Novato, Calif., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 26. 5, (9), Chris Neville, Scotsdale, Ariz., Pontiac Grand Prix, 26. 6, (7), Jack Skibo, Chico, Calif., Ford Thunderbird, 25. 7, (10), Pete Musser, Lafayette, Calif., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 25. 8, (8), Andy Grau, W. Sacramento, Calif., Chevrolet Lumina, 24. 9, (11), Brad Hoyt, Tonka Bay, Minn., Pontiac Grand Prix, 24. 10, (5), Mark Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Thunderbird, 2, Crash. 11, (6), Todd Schneider, Navaoto, Calif., Ford Thunderbird, 0, Mech.. 12, (12), Dan Marvin, Berkeley, Calif., Chevrolet Lumina, 0, DNS. Time of race: 49 minutes, 31.668 seconds. Average speed: 79.468 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 1.3829 seconds Lap leaders: laps 1-26, #9 Rice. Fastest race lap: Chris Neville, 1:42.510 (88.604 mph)

SCCA World Challenge S2 class final Drivers' Championship point standings 1, Almo Coppelli, Callaway Corvette LM, 247 2, Shane Lewis, Mosler Intruder, 245 3, Steve Saleen, Saleen Mustang, 205 4, Rob Rizzo, Saleen Mustang, 195 5, Doc Bundy, Lotus Esprit Turbo, 180 6, Stephan Dinan, BMW 540 Sport, 155 7, Jochen Rohr, Porsche 911 GT2, 98 8, Klaus Bytzek, Porsche GT2, 86 9, Thomas F. Safar II, Chevrolet Corvette, 79 10, Monte Smith, Porsche 911 Turbo, 68

S2 class Manufacturers' Championship Point Standings Pos., Manufacturer, Points 1, Saleen, 47 2, Porsche, 47 3, Mosler, 45 4, Callaway, 45

CUNNINGHAM WINS SEARS POINT WORLD CHALLENGE T1 FINALE, GIGLIOTTI CLAIMS T1 DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP; BOOHER TOPS T2 FIELD, GALATI T2 DRIVERS' CHAMPION AND ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

SONOMA, Calif. -- Peter Cunningham charged his way to the front of the SCCA World Challenge T1 class field, driving his Comptech/Realtime Racing Acura NSX to a 2.413-second margin of victory over Dorsey Schroeder's LG Motorsports Saleen Mustang at the Sears Point Touring Division season finale.

Lou Gigliotti, in a second LG Motorsports Saleen Mustang, finished seventh in T1 to earn his third World Challenge Drivers' title, following back-to-back championships in 1991 and 1992.

Willy Lewis claimed the final T1 podium spot to earn the Manufacturers' Championship for Eagle, the auto maker's fifth series title.

The race's early laps were led by Schroeder, with Lewis close behind in second, but Cunningham made his move on lap 16 of the 24-lap, 60.552-mile contest. Once in the lead, Cunningham was never seriously challenged as Schroeder's tires faded.

"I was driving as hard as I could, but I think overall the race was them coming back to me instead of me catching up," said Cunningham. "Tight and twisty tracks work better for this car than long tracks--that was the real factor here as well as at Reno. We've also had a little bit of luck in the last two races instead of having troubles."

In the T2 class, Paul Booher, in a Quaker State Saturn SC, claimed the win with a 6.4409-second margin over Red Line Oil Rookie of the Year Mike Galati, in the Comptech/Realtime Racing Honda Prelude Si. Galati's finish earned him the T2 Drivers' Championship and gave the class Manufacturers' title to Honda, which also claimed its fifth series championship.

T2 pole-starter Johannes van Overbeek held the early lead before being passed by fastest-qualifier Booher on lap seven. Booher held off a hard charge by Galati to score his second win of 1996, while his ICY Racing teammate Walter Puckett finished third.

"I just ran my own race, concentrating on keeping my tires from overheating," said Booher. "Towards the end Mike (Galati) came up in my mirrors, I just tried to do what he was doing, keeping him behind me the best that I could."

SONOMA, Calif. -- Results from Saturday's 24-lap, 60.552-mile SCCA World Challenge Touring Division combined T1 and T2 class race at Sears Point Raceway, with finishing position, starting position by class in parentheses including inverted top five in both classes, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out. T1 CLASS 1, (5), Peter Cunningham, West Bend, Wis., Acura NSX, 24. 2, (4), Dorsey Schroeder, Osage Beach, Mo., Saleen Mustang, 24. 3, (1), Willy Lewis, Portland, Ma., Eagle Talon, 24. 4, (3), Kermit Upton III, Ludlow, Vt., BMW M-3, 24. 5, (7), Greg Theiss, Omaha, Neb., Eagle Talon, 24. 6, (9), Bill Lester, Oakland, Calif., Mazda RX-7 Turbo, 24. 7, (2), Lou Gigliotti, Dallas, Texas, Saleen Mustang, 24. 8, (12), Cameron Worth, Lighthouse Point, Fla., Mazda RX-7 Turbo, 24. 9, (10), Mark Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Mustang, 24. 10, (14), Brian C. Clarke, E. Haddan, Conn., Callaway Camaro, 24. 11, (18), Brad Hoyt, Tonka Bay, Minn., Saleen Mustang, 24. 12, (17), Duane Grahovec, Palos Park, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 24. 13, (13), Amadeaus Quiros, Jan Jose, Costa Rica, Toyota Supra T, 24. 14, (16), C. David Seuss, Charlestown, Ma., Saleen Mustang, 23. 15, (19), Richard Holdener, Vacaville, Calif., Saleen Mustang, 23. 16, (20), Walter M. Swick, Concord, Ohio, BMW M-3, 19, Mech. 17, (8), Don Bootes, Redlands, Calif., Mazda RX-7 Turbo, 15, Crash. 18, (6), Rob Fellows, Burlington, Ontario, Ford Mustang, 13, Mech. 19, (15), Brett Landes, Los Gatos, Calif., Ford Mustang, 12. 20, (21), Jorge Trejos, San Jose, Costa Rica, Porsche RSR, 0, DNS. 21, (11), Steve Saleen, Irvine, Calif., Saleen Mustang, 0, DNS. Time of race: 48 minutes, 15.115 seconds. Average speed: 75.294 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 2.4130 seconds Fastest race lap: Peter Cunningham, 1:44.232 (87.140 mph) Lap leaders: lap 1, #33 Lewis; laps 2-15, #12 Schroeder; laps 16-24, #42 Cunningham

SCCA World Challenge Touring Division T1 class Final Top-10 Drivers' Championship Point Standings 1, Lou Gigliotti, Saleen Mustang, 241 2, Willy Lewis, Eagle Talon, 230 3, Kermit Upton III, BMW M-3, 228 4, Greg Theiss, Eagle Talon, 220 5, Peter Cunningham, Acura NSX, 198 6, Brian C. Clarke, Callaway Camaro, 160 7, Cameron Worth, Mazda RX-7 Turbo, 150 8, Mark Simo, Ford Mustang, 145 9, Walter M. Swick, BMW M-3, 135 10, C. David Seuss, Saleen Mustang, 130

SCCA World Challenge Touring Division T1 class Final Manufacturers' Championship Point Standings PS., Manufacturer, Points 1, Eagle, 68 2, Ford, 68 3, BMW, 32 4, Acura, 25 5, Mazda, 14 6, Cheverolet, 11

T2 CLASS 1, (5), Paul Booher, Pinellas Park, Fla., Saturn SC, 23. 2, (4), Michael Galati, Olmstead Township, Ohio, Honda Prelude Si, 23. 3, (6), Walter Puckett, Shelby, N.C., Saturn SC, 23. 4, (3), Taz E. Harvey, Danville, Calif., Honda Prelude Si, 23. 5, (2), Johannes vanOverbeek, Pleasonton, Calif., BMW M-3, 23. 6, (8), Alain Chebeir, Pelham, N.Y., BMW M-3, 23. 7, (9), Albert Mirko, Morgan Hills, Calif., Honda Prelude Si, 23. 8, (14), Lu Ryba, Huntington Beach, Calif., Olds Achieva, 22. 9, (11), Co VanHerwaarden, Greeley, Colo., BMW M-3, 22. 10, (10), Michael Sturm, Grafton, Wis., Honda Prelude Si, 22. 11, (12), Fred Meyer, Dallas, Texas, Honda Prelude Si, 22. 12, (1), David Rosenblum, Langhorne, Pa., Saturn SC, 22. 13, (13), Greg Cabo, Newport Beach, Calif., BMW 318, 1, Crash. 14, (7), Chris Neville, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda Prelude, 0, DNS. 15, (15), Dino Hamilton, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Dodge Neon, 0, DNS. Time of race: 48 minutes, 39.143 seconds. Average speed: 71.563 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 6.4409 seconds Fastest race lap: Paul Booher, 1:52.111 (81.016 mph) Lap leaders: laps 1-6, #21 van Overbeek; laps 7-23, #06 Booher

SCCA World Challenge Touring Division T2 class Final Top-10 Drivers' Championship Point Standings 1, Michael Galati, Honda Prelude Si, 211 2, Taz E. Harvey, Honda Prelude Si, 209 3, Alain Chebeir, BMW M-3, 198 4, Paul Booher, Saturn SC, 197 5, David Rosenblum, Saturn SC, 171 6, Terry Borcheller, BMW M-3, 157 7, Walter Puckett, Saturn SC, 141 8, Peter Schwartzott, Honda Prelude Si, 137 9, Fred Meyer, Honda Prelude Si, 89 10 Michael Sturm, Honda Prelude Si, 78

SCCA World Challenge Touring Division T2 class Final Manufacturers' Championship Point Standings Pos., Manufacturer, Points 1, Honda, 60 2, BMW, 56 3, Saturn, 40

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Drivers Shane Lewis , Memo Gidley , David Seuss , Kevin Buckler , Terry Borcheller , Michael Galati , Dorsey Schroeder , Bill Lester , Lou Gigliotti , Alain Chebeir , Peter Cunningham , Johannes van Overbeek , Fred Meyer , Peter Schwartzott , Albert Mirko , Steve Saleen , Cameron Worth , Martin Snow , Vic Rice , David Rosenblum , Almo Coppelli , Doc Bundy , Brad Hoyt , Melanie Snow , Jorge Trejos
Teams LG Motorsports