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LEWIS TAKES SECOND-STRAIGHT WORLD CHALLENGE S2 WIN; GIGLIOTTI SCORES FIRST 1996 VICTORY WITH T1 WIN ON STREETS OF TROIS-RIVIERES TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Can. -- Shane Lewis, driving the ...

LEWIS TAKES SECOND-STRAIGHT WORLD CHALLENGE S2 WIN; GIGLIOTTI SCORES FIRST 1996 VICTORY WITH T1 WIN ON STREETS OF TROIS-RIVIERES

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Can. -- Shane Lewis, driving the #19 Mosler Intruder, scored his second-straight SCCA World Challenge S2 class victory after taking a 0.470-second win on the streets of Trois-Rivieres over Andy Pilgrim, in the #1 Rohr Engineering Porsche 911 GT2.

Steve Saleen, driving the #65 Saleen/Allen Racing Saleen Mustang, finished third, followed by Steve Dinan, in the #4 Dinan Engineering BMW 540 Sport and Thomas Safar II, in the Tsunami Racing Chevrolet Corvette.

In the T1 class, Lou Gigliotti, in the #28 LG Motorsports Saleen Mustang, claimed his first 1996 series win after topping Greg Theiss' Archer Motorsports Eagle Talon AWD Turbo by 1.705 seconds. Finishing third in T1 was Mark Simo, in the #9 SVD Ford Mustang Cobra, followed by Brian Clarke, in the #88 Raybestos Callaway Camaro and David Lapham, in the #7 Mazda RX-7 Turbo.

Lewis, of Jupiter, Fla., started the 35-lap, 52.71-mile combined S2 and T1 class race fifth and steadily improved his position as the race's early leaders dropped out with mechanical troubles.

"I was sitting third for a while, just holding my position," said Lewis. "Some of the guys got a lot of heat into their tires and then made a few mistakes. I let the race come to me -- my first goal was to bring the car home."

Lewis claimed a lead he would never relinquish after leader Almo Coppelli, in the #00 Callaway Corvette, spun on lap 23, one lap after he passed race-leader Rob Rizzo, in the #55 Saleen/Allen Saleen Mustang. Rizzo had held the top spot for 13 laps after passing early race-leader Pilgrim on lap nine.

In the T1 class, Gigliotti was able to out-muscle front-runners Willy Lewis, in the #33 Team Mirage/Archer Motorsports Eagle Talon AWD Turbo, and Theiss with a front- straight pass and never looked back, leading laps 11-34 for the win.

Behind Gigliotti, Lewis and Theiss held the second and third spots until Lewis' car, damaged after making contact in two on-track incidents, succomed in the late going, eventually dropping Lewis to 10th as his car came to an on-course halt on the final lap.

TROIS-RIVIERS, Quebec, Can. -- Results from Saturday's 35-lap, 52.71-mile SCCA World Challenge combined S2 and T1 class race, part of the Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out.

S2 Class 1, (5), Shane Lewis, Jupiter, Fla., Mosler Intruder, 35. 2, (1), Andy Pilgrim, Cooper City, Fla., Porsche 911 GT2, 35. 3, (8), Steve Saleen, Irvine, Calif., Saleen Mustang, 35. 4, (7), Stephan Dinan, Cupertino, Calif., BMW 540 Sport, 34. 5, (9), Thomas F. Safar II, Point Pleasant, N.J., Chevrolet Corvette, 33. 6, (2), Doc Bundy, Gainesville, Ga., Lotus Esprit Turbo, 28, Crash. 7, (6), Klaus Bytzek, Woodbridge, Ontario, Can., Porsche 933, 27, Crash. 8, (2), Almo Coppelli, Milan, Italy, Callaway Corvette LM, 26, Mechanical. 9, (4), Rob Rizzo, Providence, R.I., Saleen Mustang, 22, Crash. Time of race: 49 minutes, 16.91 seconds. Average speed: 64.173 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: .470 seconds Fastest race lap: #00 Almo Coppelli, 1:07.732 (80.044 mph) Lap leaders: laps 1-8, #1 Pilgrim; laps 9-21, #55 Rizzo; lap 22, #00 Coppelli; laps 23-35, #19 Lewis

T1 Class 1, (5), Lou Gigliotti, Dallas, Texas, Saleen Mustang, 34. 2, (6), Greg Theiss, Omaha, Neb., Eagle Talon, 34. 3, (10), Mark Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., Mustang Cobra, 34. 4, (7), Brian C. Clarke, E. Haddan, Conn., Callaway Camaro, 34. 5, (8), David Lapham, Bronxville, N.Y., Mazda RX-7 Turbo, 34. 6, (9), Simon Gregg, Jacksonville, Fla., Saleen Mustang, 33. 7, (11), Duane Grahovec, Palos Park, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 33. 8, (12), Grant Carter, Bowie, Md., Chevrolet Camaro, 33. 9, (13), Bruno Buso, Nobleton, Ontario, Can., Eagle Talon, 33. 10, (1), Willy Lewis, Portland, Ma., Eagle Talon, 31, Mechanical. 11, (14), Walter M. Swick, Concord, Ohio, BMW M-3, 31. 12, (15), Pierre Bareil, Quebec, Can., Ford Mustang LX, 31. 13, (2), Kermit Upton III, Ludlow, Vt., BMW M-3, 30. 14, (3), Peter Cunningham, West Bend, Wis., Acura NSX, 6, Crash. 15, (4), Rob Fellows, Burlington, Ontario, Can., Ford Mustang, 0, Crash. Time of race: 49 minutes, 29.672 seconds. Average speed: 62.072 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 1.7049 seconds Fastest race lap: Lou Gigliotti, 1:11.831 (75.477 mph) Lap leaders: laps 1-10, #33 Lewis; laps 11-34, Gigliotti

TROIS-RIVIERS, Quebec, Can. -- Qualifying order for Saturday's 35-lap, 52.71-mile combined S2 and T1 SCCA World Challenge race, part of the Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres, with starting position, including inverted top-five, car number, driver, hometown, car, time and speed in miles-per-hour.

S2 Class 1, (1), Andy Pilgrim, Cooper City, Fla., Porsche 911 GT2, 1:09.663, 77.826 2, (50), Doc Bundy, Gainesville, Ga., Lotus Esprit Turbo, 1:08.809, 78.792 3, (00), Almo Coppelli, Milan, Italy, Corvette LM, 1:08.243, 79.445 4, (55), Rob Rizzo, Providence, R.I., Saleen Mustang, 1:08.087, 79.627 5, (19), Shane Lewis, Jupiter, Fla., Mosler Intruder, 1:07.460, 80.367 6, (09), Klaus Bytzek, Woodbridge, Ontario, Can., Porsche 933, 1:12.599, 74.678 7, (4), Stephan Dinan, Cupertino, Calif., BMW 540 Sport, 1:12.690, 74.585 8, (65), Steve Saleen, Irvine, Calif., Saleen Mustang, 1:18.306, 69.236 9, (30), Thomas Safar II, Point Pleasant, N.J., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:18.695, 68.893

T1 Class 1, (33), Willy Lewis, Portland, Ma., Eagle Talon, 1:12.664, 74.611 2, (25), Kermit Upton III, Ludlow, Vt., BMW M-3, 1:11.975, 75.326 3, (42), Peter Cunningham, West Bend, Wis., Acura NSX, 1:11.858, 75.448 4, (20), Rob Fellows, Burlington, Ontario, Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:11.021, 76.337 5, (28), Lou Gigliotti, Dallas, Texas, Saleen Mustang, 1:10.890, 76.479 6, (32), Greg Theiss, Omaha, Neb., Eagle Talon, 1:12.832, 74.439 7, (88), Brian C. Clarke, E. Haddan, Conn., Callaway Camaro, 1:13.612, 73.651 8, (7), David Lapham, Bronxville, N.Y., Mazda RX-7 Turbo, 1:14.127, 73.139 9, (59), Simon Gregg, Jacksonville, Fla., Saleen Mustang, 1:14.676, 72.601 10, (9), Mark Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:14.830, 72.452 11, (26), Duane Grahovec, Palos Park, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:15.410, 71.894 12, (31), Grant Carter, Bowie, Md., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:17.924, 69.575 13, (77), Bruno Buso, Nobleton, Ontario, Eagle Talon, 1:18.106, 69.413 14, (29), Walter M. Swick, Concord, Ohio, BMW M-3, 1:19.790, 67.948 15, (12), Pierre Bareil, Quebec, Can., Ford Mustang LX, 1:22.258, 65.909 16, (5), Mark Dixon, Ortonville, Mich., Firebird, no time 17, (16), Chris Camadella, Milford, Pa., Camaro, no time 18, (24), Kirk Spencer, Simcoe, Ontario, Can., Chevrolet Camaro, no time 19, (67), Sean Grosman, Ontario, Can., Chevrolet Camaro, no time 20, (04), Brad Hoyt, Tonka Bay, Minn., Camaro, no time 21, (05), Richard Holdener, Vacaville, Calif., Saleen Mustang, no time

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Drivers Shane Lewis , Andy Pilgrim , Lou Gigliotti , Simon Gregg , Peter Cunningham , Steve Saleen , Brian Clark , Kirk Spencer , Almo Coppelli , Doc Bundy , Brad Hoyt , Chris Camadella
Teams LG Motorsports