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Probably the most competitive season, in terms of action, with a lot of racing everywhere.

Al Holbert, Derek Bell and Al Unser Jr won the 24 Hours of Daytona but it was a very close win as the car was stalled for the end of the race. AJ Foyt, Arie Luyendijk, Danny Sullivan and Preston Henn had to settle for second place. Derek Warwick, Darin Brassfield, Jim Busby and Jochen Mass finished one lap down in another Porsche 962. Lee Mueller, Lanny Hester and Maurice Hassey won the GTO class in a Fordrd Mustang prepared by Jack Roush over the official car driven by Scott Pruett, Bruce Jenner and Klaus Ludwig. Frank Rubino, Ray Mummery and John Schneider won the Lights class in their Outlaw Argo JM19 Mazda. Mandy Gonzalez, Ernesto Soto and Basilio Davila finished second in a Royale RP40 Porsche. Amos Johnson, Dennis Shaw and Jack Dunham won the GTU class in the Team Highball Mazda RX7, the CCR car ending up second but Bob Reed, Tom Kendall and John Hogdal was a dnf.

The Miami GTO race was won by the very fast Chevrolet Camaro driven by Jack Baldwin, who finished ahead of the two Dingman Bros Pontiac Firebirds driven by Tommy Riggins and Elliot Forbes Robinson. Don Bell won the Lights race, in his Royale RP40 Buick. Gianpiero Moretti, who drove the Gaston Andrey Alba AR2 Ferrari, took a fine second place over Jim Downing, who drove his usual Argo JM19 Mazda. Bob Earl took the GTU race in his Pontiac Fiero, Roger Mandeville and Amos Johnson were next, both of them driving a Mazda RX7. Bob Wollek and Paolo Barilla won the 3Hour race, driving the Bayside Porsche 962, with AJ Foyt following 30s down, Hans Stuck and Jo Gartner were third overall.

Bob Akin, Hans Stuck and Jo Gartner won the 12Hour of Sebring race in the Coke Porsche 962. Darin Brassfield, John Morton and Jim Busby finished second, followed by Al Holbert, Derek Bell and Al Unser Jr. Scott Pruett and Bruce Jenner won the GTO class over NASCAR drivers Bill Elliot and Ricky Rudd in another Roush Ford Mustang. Jim Rothbarth and Mike Meyer won the Lights class in a Royale RP40 Mazda, several laps ahead of Jim Downing, John Maffucci and John O'steen's Argo JM19 Mazda. Roger Mandeville and Danny Smith took the GTU win in their Mazda RX7, ahead of Bob Reed, Tom Kendall and John Hogdal.

Scott Pruett won the GT Road Atlanta race in his Ford Mustang, followed by Chet Vincentz in his Porsche 934 and Jack Baldwin's Chevrolet Camaro. Bob Earl took the GTU win in the Huffaker Pontiac Fiero, Tom Kendall coming next. Sarel van der Merwe-Doc Bundy and John Paul Jr-Whitney Ganz had a fantastic race, finishing 1-2 for an unexpected win for the Chevrolet Corvette GTP. Al Holbert and Derek Bell finished third, on the same lap. Jim Downing and John Maffucci won the Lights class, with Mike Brockman and Steve Durst finishing second in the Rinzler Tiga GT285 Mazda.

Rob Dyson and Price Cobb took a fine victory at Riverside, with Darin Brassfield and Jochen Mass in second place and Bob Wollek-Paolo Barilla in third position. Jack Baldwin and Jim Miller ended in fifth place overall and won the GTO class over Scott Pruett and Bruce Jenner. Roer Mandeville and Danny Smith won the GTU class with Terry Visger and Don Roberts second in a Pontiac Fiero.

Klaus Ludwig proved his Ford Mustang Probe was fast, if not reliable. But he won the Laguna Seca round, beating Chip Robinson and Hurley Haywood in the Jaguar XJR7. Price Cobb finished third in the Dyson Racing Porsche 962. Bob Earl outperformed the Lights class drivers, with his new Spice Fiero. He won over Jim Downing's Argo JM19 Mazda and Don Bell's Argo JM16 Buick. Scott Pruett's Ford Mustang had it his own way in the GT race, Dennis Aase took the second place in the Toyota Celica Tc, with Tommy Riggins in third place in the Dingman Bros Pontiac Firebird. Tom Kendall, Amos Johnson and Roger Mandeville were the finishing GTU order, all for Mazda.

Jack Baldwin won the GT race at Charlotte, in his Chevrolet Camaro, beating Tommy Riggins and Craig Carter in a Pontiac Firebird. Bruce Jenner and Scott Pruett finished third in a Ford Mustang. Tom Kendall was the GTU winner with his Mazda RX7 and Amos Johnson was second. Drake Olson and Price Cobb won the GTP race, followed by Hans Stuck and Bob Akin's Porsche 962. Whitney Ganz and Bob Lobenberg took a fine third place in the Conte Racing Hawk Buick. Bob Earl and Ray Bellm dominated the Lights class in the Spice Fiero. They finished five laps ahead of Jim Rothbarth and Mike Meyer's Royale RP40 Mazda.

Al Holbert won the Lime Rock race, running solo. He could dispose of Drake Olson and Price Cobb's Porsche 962. Bob Wollek and Paolo Barilla took the third place. David Loring won the Lights class in the Denali Mazda, with Mike Brockman-Steve Durst's Tiga GT285 Mazda in second place.

Scott Pruett and Bruce Jenner's Ford Mustangs took the first two places in the Mid Ohio GT race, ahead of Jack baldwin's Chevrolet Camaro. Bob Earl won the GTU class, followed by Roger Mandeville's Mazda RX7. Al Holbert and Derek Bell took the GTP race, followed by Bob Tullius and Chip Robinson's Jaguar XJR7, and Doc Bundy and Sarel van der Merwe's Chevrolet Corvette GTP. Mike Brockman and Steve Durst took their first Lights win at the wheel of their Tiga GT285 Mazda, beating Jim Downing and John Maffucci's Argo JM19 Mazda.

Roger Mandeville won the West Palm Beach GTU race, keeping Tom Kendall at bay. Amos Johnson was third. Scott Pruett won the GTO race over Craig Carter's Pontiac Firebird, while Kikos Fonseca was third in the Latino Racing Porsche Porsche 934. Sarel van der Merwe and Doc Bundy won a close GTP race with the Chevrolet Corvette GTP, less than one second ahead of Darin Brassfield and Jochen Mass' Porsche 962. Brian Redman and Hurley Haywood finished third in the Jaguar XJR7. Carlo Facetti and Ruggero Melgrati took the Lights victory in their Alba AR6 Ferrari, followed by Don Bell and Jeff Kline's Argo JM16 Buick.

Al Holbert and Derek Bell won the Watkins Glen 500 race, with Oscar Larrauri and Gianpiero Moretti finishing in second place with the Brun Motorsport Porsche 962. Charles Morgan and Logan Blackbrun took their first season class win in a Tiga GT286 Buick. Jack Baldwin teamed up with Geoff Bodine in the Peerless Chevrolet Camaro for a fine GTO win over the Ford Mustang driven by Bruce Jenner and Scott Pruett. Roger Mandeville and Danny Smith won the GTU class, followed by Tom Kendall and Bob Reed.

Bruce Jenner and Scott Pruett won the Portland GT race, but Willy T.Ribbs had a fine race with the Brooks Racing Chevrolet Camaro. In third place came the Oldsmobile Toronado driven by Paul Gentilozzi. Bob Earl won the GTU class with his Pontiac Fiero. Tom Kendall finished second, with Monte Shelton's Porsche 911 coming in third place. Al Holbert won the main race, driving his Porsche 962 to the win over Bob Tullius-Chip Robinson's Jaguar XJR7. IN third came the new Nissan ZX Tc GTP driven by Geoff Brabham who made it to the finish.

At Sears Point, Rob Dyson and Price Cobb went on to win the race over Al Holbert and Derek Bell. Next came the Jaguar XJR7 driven by Brian Redman and Hurley Haywood. Jim Downing won the Lights class over Steve Phillips in a Tiga GT286 Chevrolet. Willy T.Ribbs took a fine GTO class win in the Brooks Racing Chevrolet Camaro. Chris Cord and Dennis AAse finished second and third in their Toyota Celica Tcs. Tom Kendall won the GTU class ahead of Amos Johnson, Bob Earl finished third in his Pontiac Fiero.

Al Holbert and Al Unser Jr won the Road America race, edging Rob Dyson and Price Cobb's Porsche 962. Third overall me the Toyota Celica Tc driven by Rocky Moran and Dennis Aase, chased by the Ford Mustang driven by Bruce Jenner and Scott Pruett. Martino Finotto and Ruggero Melgrati won the Lights class and defeated the Spice Fiero driven by Chip Ganassi and David Sears. Roger Mandeville and Danny Smith won the GTU class, followed by Tom Kendall and Irv Hoerr in another Mazda RX7.

Jack Baldwin won the GT race at Lime Rock, beating Dennis Aase's Toyota Celica Tc and Willy T.Ribbs. Tom Kendall emerged on top of the GTU class again, with Amos Johnson following.

Dennis Aase won the Watkins Glen race in his Toyota Celica Tc, with Willy T.Ribbs winding up the second place and Jack Baldwin in third place. Roger Mandeville won the GTU class ahead of Tom Kendall and Bob Earl's Pontiac Fiero. Davy Jones and John Andretti gave BMW the sole win of the season, beating Al Holbert-Derek Bell and Rob Dyson-Price Cobb in the process. Chip Ganassi and Bob Earl won the Lights class in the Spice Fiero, followed by David Loring's Denali, who posted a fine race.

Bob Wollek and Scott Pruett took a great victory at Columbus, ahead of Darin Brassfield and Jochen Mass in the BF Goodrich Porsche 962. Brian Redman and Hurley Haywood finished in third place. Steve Durst and Mike Brockman took another Lights win in their Tiga GT285 Mazda, David Loring and Pierre Honegger took the second place in the Denali Mazda. Willy T.Ribbs again powered his Chevrolet Camaro to the victory in the GT race. Pete Halsmer ended up in second place in the Ford Mustang, next came Craig Carter's Pontiac Firebird. Roger Mandeville took the GTU win over Terry Visger in a Pontiac Fiero.

Roger Mandeville took his last GTU victory in the Daytona Finale race, beating Terry Visger's Pontiac Fiero and Karl Durkheimer in a lightweight Porsche 911. Bob Tullius and Chip Robinson gave Jaguar its only season victory, nearly one lap clear of the Rob Dyson-Price Cobb's Porsche 962. Darin Brassfield and John Morton finished third. Scott Pruett won the GTO class, and clinched the Championship. Chris Cord took the second place in his Toyota Celica Tc. Bruce Jenner came in third. Howard Katz and Steve Phillips won the Lights class in their Tiga GT286 Chevrolet, followed by Ron Canizares and Mike Strawbridge in a Tiga GT285 Mazda. Jim Downing was the 1986 Lights class Champion.

Al Holbert was the 1986 Camel GTP Champion.