SPORTSCAR: Dyson Racing Atlanta report

22 April, 1997 It was a Dyson Ford 1-2 finish at the NAPA AUTO PARTS Grand Prix of Atlanta Presented by Royal Purple, as the team of James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger drove the ...

22 April, 1997

It was a Dyson Ford 1-2 finish at the NAPA AUTO PARTS Grand Prix of Atlanta Presented by Royal Purple, as the team of James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger drove the #16 Goodyear/Bosch/Pagid Ford R&S MK III to victory. The duo had a relatively trouble-free run to victory, edging Dyson Ford teammates Elliott Forbes-Robinson and John Paul. Jr. (#20 Ford R&S=A0MK III)=A0by 5.128 seconds in round three of the Exxon World SportsCar Championship. =

Leitzinger and Weaver averaged 108.85 mph around the 2.52-mile Road Atlanta circuit, leading 78 of 87 laps in the two-hour race. =

Third place went to Antonio Hermann and Andrea Montermini in the #30 MOMO Ferrari 333 SP. Montermini set the race=B9s fastest lap (1:11.670) for the second consecutive race =

In Exxon Supreme GT Series Presented by Virgin Interactive race action, Andy Wallace and Doc Bundy combined for the GTS-1 victory in the #66 Panoz GTR1. The Panoz chased the #91 Chevrolet Camaro of Stu Hayner and Roger Schramm for the first part of the race, taking the lead on lap 50 and staying there through the end of the 67 lap race. Third place in GTS-1 went to points leaders Andy Pilgrim and Jochen Rohr in the #01 Porsche 911 Turbo. =

In GTS-2 competition, Larry Schumacher and John O=B9Steen combined for the win aboard the #99 Porsche 911, finishing one lap ahead of the second place #61 Porsche of of Franz Konrad and Phillip Peter. =

The GTS-3 race featured a heated battle between race winners David Murry and Jim Mathews in the #38 Porsche 911 and the second place #76 Porsche 911 of Cort Wagner and Tim Moser. Murry, who was in the winning car at the finish, came from third place on the last lap to take the win. =

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Andy Wallace , Franz Konrad , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Andy Pilgrim , David Murry , Elliott Forbes-Robinson , Stu Hayner , Antonio Hermann , Doc Bundy , Philipp Peter , Cort Wagner
Teams Dyson Racing