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Werner-Lehto Win at Lime Rock

July 6, 2004

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (AP) _ Marco Werner held off a late charge by Butch Leitzinger and teamed with JJ Lehto to score his second consecutive victory in the American Le Mans Series on Monday.

Werner, from Germany, driving an Audi R8, beat Leitzingers Lola-MG to the finish line by 1.429 seconds after a late-race caution period set up a five-minute dash to the finish of the 2-hour, 45-minute event at Lime Rock Park.

Lehto, from Finland, who drove the first 45 minutes of the race, and Werner led 105 of 165 laps. Leitzinger and co-driver James Weaver led 59 circuits of the New England Grand Prix.

Ferrari scored its first GT class victory in the ALMS with Anthony Lazzaro of Acworth, Ga., and Ralf Kelleners of Germany the co-drivers.

Oliver Gavin of England and Olivier Beretta of Monaco won the GTS class in a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R.

Ian James of Orlando, Fla., and James Gue of Athens, Ga., had a trouble-free race and won the LMP2 class by eight laps in a Lola B2K/40-Nissan.

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