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Taylor Wins Petit Le Mans

October 11, 1998

BRASELTON, Ga. (AP) _ Wayne Taylor made it a sweep of North American endurance races for Ferrari on Saturday by winning the inaugural Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

Ferraris had won the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year.

The victory gives Taylor a spot in the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans in France next year. Taylor, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., won his class Le Mans this year.

Taylor, who won the World Sports Car championship in 1994 and 1996, and co-drivers Eric Van de Poele, of San Diego, and Emmanuel Collard, of France, completed 391 laps in just under the 10-hour time limit at an average speed of 102.0684 mph.

Michele Alboreto of Italy, Stefan Johansson of Sweden and Jorg Muller of Germany finished second in a Porsche LMP1-98, 1:12.520 behind the winners.

Thierry Boutsen of Belgium, Ralph Kellener of Germany and Bob Wollek of France finished third overall and first in GT1 class.

The top finishing World Sports Car was the Ford R&S MK III of Scott Schubot, of West Palm Beach, Fla., Henry Camferdam, of Indianapolis, and Butch Leitzinger, of State College, Pa. Leitzinger, the reigning WSC series champion, retained his 1998 series points lead with one race left.

Michel Ligonnet of France, J.P. Janier and Lance Stewart, both of Jupiter, Fla., finished seventh overall and first in GT2 class. The team of Peter Argetsinger, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Richard Polidori, of Boca Raton, Fla., and Angelo Cilli, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., finished ninth overall and first in GT3 class.

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