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 1 84 NISSAN ZX Tc GTP 88-04 Geoff Brabham-Chip Robinson-Bob Earl 120 Laps 1.GTP
 2 67 NISSAN ZX Tc GTP 88-03 Kevin Cogan-John Paul Jr 119 Laps 2.GTP
 3 16 PORSCHE 962C 148 James Weaver-Scott Pruett 118 Laps 3.GTP
 4 32 SPICE SE90P Buick 015 Tomas Lopez-Firmin Velez 117 Laps 1.Lights
 5  2 PORSCHE 962 C06 René Herzog-Hurley Haywood 116 Laps 4.GTP
 6 80 SPICE SE90P Ferrari Martino Finotto-Ruggero Melgrati 115 Laps 2.Lights
 7 23 PORSCHE 962GTi DR-1 Bill Adam-David Seatroke 115 Laps 5.GTP
 8  4 SPICE SE88P Buick 002 Scott Schubot-Linda Ludemann 115 Laps 3.Lights
 9  8 SPICE SE87P Buick Charles Morgan-Tom Hessert 115 Laps 4.Lights
10 19 SPICE SE90P Ferrari David Tennyson-Calvin Fish 114 Laps 5.Lights
11 31 GEBHARDT 88 GTP Audi Tc C87/1 Costas Los-Almo Coppelli 112 Laps 6.GTP
12  9 SPICE SE88P Buick Howard Katz-Ferdinand de Lesseps 112 Laps 6.Lights
13 79 SPICE FIREBIRD 003 Ken Knott-Rob Wilson 112 Laps 7.Lights
14 98 EAGLE HF89 Toyota Drake Olson 111 Laps 7.GTP
15 55 SPICE FIREBIRD PSGTPL2 David Rocha-Oscar Manautou 110 Laps 8.Lights
16 40 TIGA GT286 Ferrari 341 Uli Bieri-John Graham 106 Laps 9.Lights
17 30 PORSCHE 962 001GS Derek Bell-Gianpiero Moretti-Almo Coppelli 103 Laps 8.GTP
18 99 EAGLE HF89 Toyota Rocky Moran 102 Laps 9.GTP
19 83 NISSAN ZX Tc GTP 88-01 Derek Daly-Bob Earl 98 Laps 10.GTP
20 90 SPICE SE90P Chevrolet Albert Naon Jr-Bernard Jourdain 88 Laps 11.GTP
21 17 PORSCHE 962C 141 Raul Boesel-Bob Wollek 86 Laps 12.GTP
22 62 SPICE SE88P Pontiac Jeff Kline-Dan Marvin 85 Laps 13.GTP
23 92 ARGO JM19 Mazda 106 Max Schmidt 37 Laps 10.Lights
24 25 ARGO JM19 Buick 113 Brent O'neill-Jean de la Moussaye 37 Laps 11.Lights
25 64 SPICE SE89P Chevrolet 003 Wayne Taylor-Jim Miller 27 Laps 14.GTP
26 60 JAGUAR XJR10 589 Davy Jones-Martin Brundle 14 Laps 15.GTP

Cars that did not start

    5 SPICE SE89P Pontiac 002 Jeff Kline-Steve Phillips GTP
   61 JAGUAR XJR10 389 Price Cobb-John Nielsen GTP

Lucky Nissan

27 cars were entered in this race. The racetrack was the new waterfront street circuit which was 1,873 mile long. It was also a new Nissan versus everybody race. Geoff Brabham had three straight wins on this track, he would team up with Derek Daly. Bob Earl and Chip Robinson had car #84. Another Nissan ZX Tc GTP was entered by Busby Racing, which was driven by John Paul Jr and Kevin Cogan. It was BF Goodrich shod. Jaguar entered two XJR10s, with Davy Jones driving solo, while John Nielsen and Price Cobb teamed up in the other car. Drake Olson and Rocky Moran each drove Eagle HF89 Toyotas, which had been somewhat improved. Some Porsche 962s were entered, of course, with Dyson, Momo, Dauer as the strongest teams. Raul Boesel and Bob Wollek were on the Dauer car, which was also BF Goodrich shod. James Weaver had a new partner in the name of Scott Pruett. Derek Bell and Gianpiero Moretti were on the Momo car and Swissman René Herzog had brought his Alucraft Porsche 962. He was partnered by racing legend Hurley Haywood. Bill Adam and Dave Seabroke would share the latter's car. A string of Spices were entered, and they could do well on such a track. Wayne Taylor would co-drive Jim Miller in a Chevrolet powered SE89P machine. A strong entry indeed. Emerson Fittipaldi was scheduled to drive the factory Spice but the negotiations would fall short between the two tobacco titans. Promoter Ralph Sanchez was kind of disappointed and Albert Naon jumped in the car instead. Bernard Jourdain would co-drive him. Dan Marvin was to drive the Koll Motorsports entry with Jeff Kline, with Pontiac power. The Gebhardt Audi was the last entry but not to be considered as a threat to the top teams.

The Lights car field was interesting, but it was surely dominated by the works Spice SE90P Buick. Firmin Velez and Tomas Lopez were clearly ahead of the pack. Martino Finotto and Ruggero Melgrati also had a Spice, Ferrari powered, of course. David Tennyson had a similar car, with Denon sponsorship. Calvin Fish co-drove him. Scott Schubot and Linda Ludeman still ran their Spice SE89P Buick, while Tom Hessert and Charles Morgan had even older car. Spice dominated the field and one sole Tiga GT286 Ferrari, driven by Uli Bieri and John Graham, and two Argo JM19s, added a relative diversity to the Lights class. Max Schmidt and Brent O'neill entered them. Geoff Brabham was still the man to beat for the pole. In fact he would again start from this place, but he would step into the #84 car after the start. Price Cobb and John Nielsen were fast enough to start from the front row. Drake Olson took third place in the Eagle HF89 Toyota, just ahead of Albert Naon Jr, who was content with his time. The first Porsche 962 was only in sixth place


The Lights class, as expected, was all Firmin Velez, who was one second faster than the second car. Martino Finotto and Ruggero Melgrati took second place and Scott Schubot placed third. The warm-up session would eliminate two cars : Jim Miller's Spice SE89P Chevy went into a tire wall and Price Cobb's Jaguar XJR10 could not be repaired in time after collecting debris on the race track in the warm up session. Derek Daly would be driving the #83 Nissan ZX Tc GTP and take the green. He jumped in the lead but was quickly overtaken by Drake Olson, in the Eagle HF89. Albert Naon would try a similar maneuver, but hit the Nissan in the rear, damaging the nose of his Spice SE90P Chevrolet. He would have to pit for a nose replacement. Derek Daly would follow, for an unrelated problem. In fact, the car was hampered by gearbox problems, so Geoff Brabham, who was scheduled to drive this car, had to switch to the other car. Drake Olson, in the meantime, had built a consistent lead over the second Nissan and the Porsche 962s driven by Raul Boesel and Scott Pruett, who drove the Dyson entry. On lap 23, Derek Daly handed his car to Geoff Brabham, who took the race one lap down Drake Olson. The Aussie would charge and appeared in fourth place behind the two Porsche 962s. Raul Boesel was in second place, 25s behind Drake Olson. The Momo Porsche 962 was out of contention with water cooling problems.

The Spice SE90Ps were also plagued by overheating or engine problems. Behind the leaders came the fantastic Spice SE90P Buick driven by Firmin Velez and Tomas Lopez, which was the first Lights car. The drivers were on the heels of the much more powerful Porsche 962s driven by Bill Adam and Hurley Haywood! After one hour of race, Jean de la Moussaye would hit the wall and the first caution period would take place. The leaders would pit during this 30 minute stint. Chip Robinson jumped in the Nissan. The four leaders were suddenly running in a close fashion. Bob Wollek was in the lead, followed by James Weaver, Drake Olson and Chip Robinson. Bob Wollek managed to pull away from the rest of the group, while James Weaver, Chip Robinson and Drake Olson would put on a big fight through traffic. Suddenly, James Weaver's saw his oil pressure readout fall to zero, and the driver had to make a decision. He decided to pit but Drake Olson and him slightly collided. The Toyota could go on and try to catch up on the leading Porsche, while James Weaver had to pit for repairs. While closing in on Bob Wollek, Drake Olson was able to get past him. He would try hard but the battle would end when both cars would collide! Bob Wollek took his normal line, and the Toyota hit him in the rear. With front end damage, Drake Olson had to pit while Bob Wollek had a broken water line. The two leaders were out of contention, leaving the lead to the Nissan ZX Tc GTP driven by Chip Robinson, who would run flawlessly to the chequered. John Paul Jr ended up in second place with the Busby Nissan ZX Tc GTP which did not handle very well, but finally had a fine race. Rocky Moran's Toyota and Bernard Jourdain's Spice would come together and bring out a second caution period, but the race was already done. A matter of survival. The Lights class was as clear for Firmin Velez as was the practice sessions : he and partner Tomas Lopez dominated the race from the beginning. Scott Schubot and Linda Ludeman lost their hopes after the first caution period. Then they were caught by Ruggero Melgrati, who eventually overtook the female driver for second place in class. Both teams ended up two laps down the works Spice, which took a great fourth place overall!