VANCOUVER, BC (September 2, 2000)--Edmonton-based racing team Willox Motorsports took second place in the SCCBC Invitational at the Molson Indy on Saturday, missing out on grabbing the checkered flag by less than a second. The team's 1996 Nissan ...
VANCOUVER, BC (September 2, 2000)--Edmonton-based racing team Willox Motorsports took second place in the SCCBC Invitational at the Molson Indy on Saturday, missing out on grabbing the checkered flag by less than a second.
The team's 1996 Nissan 300ZX racer, driven by Calgary's Hima Maher, led for most of the race until it was hung up in traffic on the final lap. That allowed Mission B.C. driver Glen Nixon to catch up and pass Maher on turn 6 on the Vancouver street circuit for the win. Of 50 entries in the one-hour timed race, only four cars finished on the lead lap.
Had Maher won the 37-lap race, it would have marked the second time Willox had scored a victory in Vancouver. Team owner Bruce Willox won the invitational in 1994. However, Maher grabbed top honours in the GT2 classification of the race, which has tighter manufacturing restrictions than the GTS class Nixon was racing in. The car performed well, considering it suffered suspension and fender damage in a crash during qualifying on Friday.
The race, which was a non-points event, will not affect Maher's first-place position in the Western Canada Motorsports Association GT circuit. Maher is undefeated so far this season, with six victories, starting from the pole each time. The final race in the GT series takes place later this month in Gimli, MB.
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