Mosport: Lola Cars race summary

Essex Racing finished second and Archangel finished third in their Lola's B2K40's (SR2) whilst the MG Lola's encounted mechanical problems - engine related. The brace of Lola MG EX257s that had starred in qualifying continued to shine brightly...

Essex Racing finished second and Archangel finished third in their Lola's B2K40's (SR2) whilst the MG Lola's encounted mechanical problems - engine related.

The brace of Lola MG EX257s that had starred in qualifying continued to shine brightly in the opening hour of the seventh round of the American Le Mans Series at Mosport Park, Canada, at the weekend. Jon Field ran as high as seventh overall in the Intersport Racing MG Lola before he was forced to pit and retire with a mystery loss of power, leaving Claudia Huertgen and James Weaver to take on the LMP675 fight.

Weaver, racing the MG Lola for thefirst time with the Dyson team, had started from the back of the grid after a problem in qualifying, but rapidly moved onto the tail of Huertgen's KnightHawk Racing MG Lola. The pair fought tooth and nail, Huertgen fending off the Briton's challenges, before a puff of smoke and a gloved hand in the air signalled the end of the battle. Weaver, too, pulled off with an engine problem but the team was pleased with the potential of the car.

Huertgen handed theKnightHawk Racing car to Steve Knight at the first round of stops, but the American stopped soon after with engine related mechanical problems.

Lola honours were upheld by the Essex Racing Lola B2K40 of Melanie Peterson, Ross Bentley and Howard Katz which finished second, and the Archangel Motorsports Lola B2K/40 Millington of Ben Devlin, David Sterenberg and Marc-Antoine Camirand, which was classified third in class.

"The brings the top three in class even closer together," said Devlin, whose car also suffered an oil leak, after the race. "It should be a good fight to the end of the season."

Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen won the race overall for Audi to extend their lead over their championship rivals Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro, who crashed out just short of the final hour. Pirro was taken to hospital for observation.

Johnny Herbert and Stefan Johansson were second in their Champion Audi, while JJ Lehto and Max Angelelli were third for Cadillac.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Stefan Johansson , Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , Frank Biela , James Weaver , Marc-Antoine Camirand , Ben Devlin , Jon Field , Max Angelelli , Steve Knight , Ross Bentley , Howard Katz , Emanuele Pirro , JJ Lehto