Chilton and Shimoda win Nurgburgring race

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Scotsman Allan McNish was denied a second consecutive Le Mans Endurance Series sportscar race victory at the Nurburgring.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:48 IST
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Scotsman Allan McNish was denied a second consecutive Le Mans Endurance Series sportscar race victory at the Nurburgring at the weekend by British touring car star Tom Chilton and Japan's Hayanari Shimoda. The Japanese driver set the fastest time in qualifying but had the result cancelled due to a technical infringement and was forced to start at the rear of the 44 car grid. Shimoda even suffered a stop-go penalty in the early stages but still, amazingly, the pair worked their way through the pack to lead the race by lap 35. From then on the remainder of the six hour race was a three way battle between the Zytek, the Audi Playstation Team Oreca R8 of Scotland's Alan McNish and Stephane Ortelli and the Creation Autosportif DBA Judd of Nicolas Minassian and Jamie Campbell-Walker. Hand over first The final half hour saw McNish, once again back out in the Oreca Playstation Audi R8 and in the lead, but with a fast-closing Zytek piloted by Shimoda closing 'hand over fist'. McNish lowered his lap times but with a mere ten minutes to go Shimoda was right on his tail and a pass on the inside into turn one meant Zytek went into the lead. McNish looked at fighting back, and kept putting in the quick laps, but there was no catching Shimoda who took the chequered flag, punching the air in appropriate fashion to win by 10.7 seconds. Third place went to the Nicholas Minassian/Jamie Campbell Walter pairing in the Creation DBA, just 24 seconds down on the winner. Zytek Engineering now lead the constructors championship with 27 points. Pescarolo Sport lie second with 24 after their fourth placed finish and the Rollcentre Racing Dallara team lie third after their fifth place. There is one race remaining in this year's series - the 1000 kilometre endurance race at Istanbul, Turkey on the 12th and 13th of November. (AP)

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