Wilson wins Mexico Grand Prix

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Pole sitter Justin Wilson held off teammate A J Allmendinger by 3.9 seconds and won his second Champ Car race of the season on Sunday.

Wilson wins Mexico Grand Prix

Mexico City:

Pole sitter Justin Wilson held off teammate A J Allmendinger by 3.9 seconds and won his second Champ Car race of the season on Sunday, capturing the Mexico Grand Prix to claim third place in the US open-wheel series standings. The Englishman, who made 16 starts in Formula One with Minardi and Jaguar in 2003, led for 65 of 70 laps on the 4.484-kilometer (2.786-mile) Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit and finished in 1 hour, 58 minutes 23.479 seconds. "I knew if I could just get out of the first pit stop in the lead, we would have a chance,'' Wilson said. "Hopefully we can get a few more (1-2 finishes) next year,'' he added. The victory enabled Wilson, who also won in Toronto in July, to claim third place in the season point standings over Canadian Paul Tracy, who recovered from a first-lap spin and an early black flag penalty for blocking Allmendinger to finish third 6.7 seconds back. "It wasn't probably the nicest thing to do, but I was pretty desperate to keep my position,'' Tracy said. Tracy steadily gained ground after his early problems, and surged from sixth to third on the straight during the 64th lap. Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais, who entered the race with the season tittle already clinched and started third, collided with Brazilian Cristian da Matta in the 61st lap and did not finish. It was the first time Bourdais did not finish a race this season. "That was a pretty messed up race,'' said Bourdais, who claimed his car suffered from a fuel pressure problem. Spaniard Oriol Servia was fourth, 9.6 seconds behind Wilson. Local hero Mario Dominguez took 12th place but was third going into the 51st lap, when he was bumped by German rookie Timo Glock, who finished fifth. (AP)

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