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October 5, 2000 - Dodge Viper Team ORECA and DaimlerChrysler go into the final three rounds of the American Le Mans Series with leads in the GTS championship for teams and championship for manufacturers that no one else can match. The two have 55...

October 5, 2000 - Dodge Viper Team ORECA and DaimlerChrysler go into the final three rounds of the American Le Mans Series with leads in the GTS championship for teams and championship for manufacturers that no one else can match. The two have 55 point leads in their respective championships with three races, and a maximum of 80 points available, but the compulsory two dropped scores mean that no one else can match their total.

DaimlerChrysler has scored seven victories from the nine races so far this year and has 232 points. Porsche, second, has 177 but, if it wins all of the three remaining races, will then have to drop a total of 34 points, giving a total of 223 points. This calculation has yet to be confirmed by ALMS officials.

The battle for the championship for drivers has yet to be decided, however, and will continue at the tenth round of the American Le Mans Series at Laguna Seca, California, next weekend (October 15).

Olivier Beretta, on 229 points, leads the championship with his co-driver Karl Wendlinger by two points, courtesy of two fastest laps more than Wendlinger. Tommy Archer is third in on 196 after finishing second during the most recent round at Road Atlanta, while his regular co-driver David Donohue is fourth on 190 after finishing fifth at the last race.

"We are delighted to have secured the championship for DaimlerChrysler, that was the target of the season," said Pierre Dieudonné, Sporting Director of ORECA. "We are still out there to beat our competitors. We are very closely matched with the Corvettes and OK, they won the race at Road Atlanta but we had our share of bad luck and I don't think it would be fair to say that they beat us."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Karl Wendlinger , Tommy Archer , Olivier Beretta , Pierre Dieudonné