Biela/Pirro score Las Vegas win

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Emanuele Pirro found his way past three spinning Prototypes and then cruised to victory for himself and co-driver Frank Biela in Sunday's American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Las Vegas at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Pirro, ...

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Emanuele Pirro found his way past three spinning Prototypes and then cruised to victory for himself and co-driver Frank Biela in Sunday's American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Las Vegas at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Pirro, driving an Audi R8, was running fourth on a restart just under two hours into the two-hour, 45-minute sports car endurance race on the 2.25-mile circuit. Just ahead of him, the lead car, driven by Jorg Muller, tangled with a lapped car entering turn three and was tagged by the car driven by Rinaldo Capello, which was running second. As Capello spun off the track, the third-place car, driven by David Brabham, also spun, opening a clear path for Pirro to get by.

"I thought something was going to happen on the restart," said Pirro, who won for the third time this season. "I stayed back a little."

With his strongest competition eliminated, Pirro led the rest of the way to score a 44.947-second win over Capello, who also drove an Audi R8. The second-place finish allowed Capello's teammate, Allan McNish, to move closer to the ALMS driver's championship for 2000, which will be determined in the season finale Dec. 31 at Adelaide, Australia.

The BMW V12 LMR of Bill Auberlen and Jean-Marc Gounon finished third.

The GTS class was won by the Dodge Viper GTS-R co-driven by Karl Wendlinger and Olivier Beretta, while the GT class winner was the Porsche 911 GT3 R of Bob Wollek and Sascha Maassen.

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Rinaldo Capello , Allan McNish , Bill Auberlen , Sascha Maassen , Jean-Marc Gounon , Olivier Beretta , Bob Wollek , Emanuele Pirro