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 1 83 NISSAN ZX Tc GTP 88-01 Bob Earl-Derek Daly 301 Laps 1.GTP
 2 84 NISSAN ZX Tc GTP 88-04 Derek Daly-Chip Robinson-Geoff Brabham 301 Laps 2.GTP
 3 61 JAGUAR XJR12D TWR-J12C-388 Davy Jones-Jan Lammers-Andy Wallace 301 Laps 3.GTP
 4 10 PORSCHE 962 F01 John Hotschkis-Jim Adams-John Hotschkis Jr 292 Laps 4.GTP
 5 67 NISSAN ZX Tc GTP 88-03 Kevin Cogan-John Paul Jr 286 Laps 5.GTP
 6 15 MERCURY COUGAR XR7 Robby Gordon-Calvin Fish-Lyn St James 278 Laps 1.GTO
 7  8 SPICE SE89P Buick Charles Morgan-Tom Hessert 273 Laps 1.Lights
 8 11 MERCURY COUGAR XR7 Dorsey Schroeder-Max Jones 270 Laps 2.GTO
 9 55 SPICE FIREBIRD Bob Lesnett-David Rocha-Bruce Qvale 266 Laps 2.Lights
10 95 NISSAN 240SX 89SX-LR001 David Loring-Butch Leitzinger-Chuck Kurtz 262 Laps 1.GTU
11  0 PORSCHE 962C 011 John Winter-Henri Pescarolo-Bob Wollek 261 Laps 6.GTP
12 80 SPICE SE89P Ferrari Martino Finotto-Ruggero Melgrati-Paolo Guatamacchi 261 Laps 3.Lights
13 37 MAZDA MX6 GT Al Bacon-Lance Stewart-John Finger 248 Laps 2.GTU
14 17 PORSCHE 962C 141 Raul Boesel-Hans Stuck 246 Laps 7.GTP
15 82 MAZDA RX7 Dick Greer-Mike Mees-John Hogdal 240 Laps 3.GTU
16 32 SPICE SE90P Buick 015 Tomas Lopez-Firmin Velez-Richard Piper 239 Laps 4.Lights
17 71 MAZDA RX7 Peter Uria-Jim Pace-Bob Dotson 232 Laps 4.GTU
18 33 SPICE SE90P Chevrolet 013 Bernard Jourdain-Tom Kendall-Albert Naon Jr 222 Laps 8.GTP
19 25 ARGO JM19 Buick 113 Brent O'neill-Jean de la Moussaye-Pepe Romero 221 Laps 5.Lights
20 00 DODGE DAYTONA FTRU-89-1 Kal Showket-Don Knowles-Neil Hanneman 220 Laps 5.GTU
21 57 NISSAN 300ZX Reed Kryder-Alistair Oag-Frank Del Vecchio 215 Laps 6.GTU
22 38 MAZDA MX6 GT Kelly Marsh-Al Bacon 210 Laps 7.GTU
23  1 MAZDA RX7 Pete Halsmer-Elliot Forbes Robinson-John Morton 209 Laps 3.GTO
24 22 CHEVROLET CAMARO Gary Burnett-Gary Smith-Ed Ruiz 202 Laps 4.GTO
25 98 EAGLE HF89 Toyota 003 Drake Olson-Juan Fangio II 199 Laps 9.GTP
26 40 TIGA GT286 Ferrari 341 Uli Bieri-John Graham-David Tennyson 195 Laps 6.Lights
27 87 CHEVROLET CAMARO Anthony Puleo-Kent Painter-Ray Irwin 195 Laps 5.GTO
28 99 EAGLE HF89 Toyota 001 Rocky Moran-Willy T.Ribbs 185 Laps 10.GTP
29 09 PONTIAC FIERO H1287 Julian Guttierriz-Juan Vento-Luis Gordillo 170 Laps 8.GTU
30 70 MAZDA RX7 007-768 Dave Russell-Mick Robinson-Bill Weston-John Hofstra 154 Laps 9.GTU
31  2 PORSCHE 962 C06 Hurley Haywood-René Herzog-Scott Schubot 151 Laps 11.GTP
32  9 SPICE SE89P Buick Howard Katz-Ferdinand de Lesseps-Jay Cochran 150 Laps 7.Lights
33 04 CHEVROLET CAMARO Henry Brosnaham-Steve Burgner-Robert McElnehy-Angel Figueras 142 Laps 6.GTO
34 63 MAZDA RX7 Jim Downing-Amos Johnson-John O'steen 137 Laps 7.GTO
35 07 DODGE DAYTONA FTRU-89-2 Mike Davies-Stu Hayner 103 Laps 10.GTU
36 29 CHEVROLET CAMARO E.J Generotti-Mark Montgomery 102 Laps 8.GTO
37 79 SPICE FIREBIRD 003 Ken Knott-Marty Hinze-Kenper Miller 98 Laps 8.Lights
38 12 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Don Arpin-Rex Ramsey-Mark Montgomery 91 Laps 9.GTO
39 21 CHEVROLET CAMARO Craig Rutright-Kermit Upton 86 Laps 10.GTO
40 86 PORSCHE 962C 139 Bob Wollek-Dominic Dobson-Sarel van der Merwe 65 Laps 12.GTP
41 74 FORD MUSTANG George Robinson-Johnny Unser-Paul Dallenbach 61 Laps 11.GTO
42 60 JAGUAR XJR12D TWR-J12C-288 Price Cobb-John Nielsen 56 Laps 13.GTP
43 90 MAZDA RX7 001 Louis D'Agostino-Steve Kelton 49 Laps 11.GTU
44 50 PORSCHE 911 Rudy Bartling-Werner Frank-Fritz Hochreuter 45 Laps 12.GTU
45 23 PORSCHE 962GTi DR-1 Bill Adam-Scott Harrington-David Seatroke 39 Laps 14.GTP
46 48 BMW 325 Mike Graham-Cameron Worth-Alan Crouch 31 Laps 13.GTU
47 01 SPICE SE88P Pontiac 001 George Sutcliffe-Richard Jones-Michael Dow 24 Laps 9.Lights
48 58 LOLA T616 Mazda Bill Bean-Gary Wonzer-Bruce Westcott 14 Laps 10.Lights
49 26 PORSCHE 911 Chris Kraft-Alex Job-Jack Refenning 14 Laps 14.GTU

Cars that did not start

    4 SPICE SE88P Buick 002 Scott Schubot-Linda Ludemann Lights
   16 PORSCHE 962C 148 James Weaver-Scott Pruett GTP
   20 CONSULIER GTP Dodge 20 Chet Fillip-Ron Cortez-Bruce McInnes GTP
   45 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Jack Boxstrom GTO
   77 MAZDA RX7 Juan Negron-Daniel Urrutia-Luis Sereix GTU
   91 CONSULIER GTP Dodge 19 Rick Titus-Chet Fillip-Bruce McInnes GTP
   06 DODGE DAYTONA Mike Davies GTU
   19 SPICE SE90P Ferrari David Tennyson-Chris Clarke-Calvin Fish Lights
   44 CHEVROLET CAMARO Craig Carter-Andy Peterey-Les Delano GTO
   53 CHEVROLET CAMARO Richard McDill-Bill McDill-Jim Burt GTO
   64 SPICE SE89P Chevrolet 003 Jim Miller GTP
   79 PONTIAC FIERO Julian Gutierrez-Juan Vento-Luis Gordillo GTU

Nissan finally

56 cars were entered on this second race of the 1990 season. Nissan and Jaguar would fight it up with Porsche lurking behind them. A couple of Spice cars were playing runner-up, but the focus was directed towards Nissan, who was dominant at this time. Geoff Brabham, Chip Robinson and Derek Daly would stick car #84 on the pole. Bob Wollek drove the Bayside Disposal Porsche 962 to 2nd place on the grid. The second Nissan was driven by Derek Daly and Bob Earl, and was third on the grid, just ahead of the first Jaguar driven by Price Cobb and John Nielsen. That was very close. Toyota was also here, but reliability was still the problem. The Lights class was a disputed one, but Spices dominated the class. Spice Engineering entered one car for Tomas Lopez, Firmin Velez and Richard Piper. The main opposition would come from the Ferrari powered car driven by Ruggero Melgrati and Martino Finotto. Essex Racing entered a pair of cars for Tom Hessert-Charles Morgan and Howard Katz-Ferdinand de Lesseps and Jay Cochran. Huffaker Racing entered an older car for Bob Lesnett-David Rocha and Bruce Qvale. The GTO class, home of the big bangers, would see Mercury Cougars entered by Roush Racing and Mazda RX7 4 rotors race hard. The Mazda, driven by Pete Halsmer, Elliot Forbes Robinson and John Morton, would edge the Mercury Cougars driven by Robby Gordon-Calvin Fish and Lyn St James along with Dorsey Schroeder-Max Jones. Privateers mainly drove Chevrolet Camaros with Craig Rubright and Kermit Upton being the fastest amongst them. No Nissan 300ZX Tcs were to be seen.

The GTU class was to be a confrontation between Nissan, Mazda and Dodge. Leitzinger Racing had one very fast Nissan 240SXs for David Loring-Butch Leitzinger and Chuck Kurtz. Mazdas were outnumbering everyone, nos entering RX7s and MX6 cars. Mazda Motorsport fielded two MX6s for Lance Stewart-Al Bacon and John Finger and Kelly Marsh and Al Bacon. The most competitive RX7s were the ex-Team Highball car nos entered by Peter Uria, driven by himself, Jim Pace and Bob Dotson. Dick Greer also drove another car with Mike Mees and John Hogdal. Dodge Daytonas were the ones to watch with Kal Showket-Don Knowles and Neil Hanneman, and Mike Davies and Stu Hayner still very fast.

Only 49 cars were entered, which was one of the smallest field ever. The costs of sports car racing had escalated, which meant that small teams could not face such expenses. The start of the race saw Bob Wollek take the lead, followed by Chip Robinson and Derek Daly on their Nissan ZX Tc GTPs. Davy Jones was behind in his Jaguar XJR. After 6 laps, Bob Earl stopped, to have his front hood changed. After 20 laps, Derek Daly, who had passed Bob Wollek, had a burst tire and had to pit. Then the Pace car was out, when Bill Bean Lola T616 Mazda and Chris Kraft Porsche 911 collided. The caution period would last 12 laps. Bob Wollek was still in the lead, followed by Hans Stuck in the Dauer Porsche 962. Davy Jones and Price Cobb, both driving a Jaguar XJR12, followed by John Paul Jr in the private Nissan ZX Tc GTP and Bob Earl. Everyone was on the same lap, which meant That it was getting exciting. Chip Robinson was one lap down, thanks to the Pace car. Then, Price Cobb Jaguar XJR12 dropped from the race on lap 56, with engine failure. Bob Wollek Porsche 962 was the next to retire, for the same reason and the Dauer Porsche 962 inherited the lead.

It was relinquished on lap 104 to the Nissan ZX Tc GTP driven by Geoff Brabham, who will stop to change his oil radiator. The new leader was to be the Joest Porsche 962 driven by Henri Pescarolo, John Winter, Jean Louis Ricci and Bob Wollek, who had found a new seat. By mid race, both Toyota Eagle had been retired by Dan Gurney, who opted not to destroy his cars any more. Both leading cars had a three lap advantage over the surprising works Spice driven by Bernard Jourdain-Tom Kendall and Albert Naon Jr. The Dauer Porsche 962 was now on a string of pit stops for brakes, spark plugs, front bodywork. Both Mercury Cougars were now in the top ten, leading the lonely Mazda RX7 by one lap. Another caution period took place, which was the third one. Nissan had used every driver available on both cars, which meant that everyone was able to win the race. While car number 83 was swapping the lead with the Joest Porsche 962, car number 84 was aiming at third place. Bob Wollek, while in the lead, was suddenly coming to a halt with an idle. Losing a great deal of time, the car was back in the pits for new tires, brake pads and battery. The car was back in 2nd place, with Henri Pescarolo driving. On lap 261, however, while overtaking Alistair Oag's Nissan 240SX, both cars collided, and were written off. Another caution period was set. The Nissan ZX Tc GTP was on its way to victory. Behind the leading car, the Jaguar XJR12 driven by Davy Jones and Jan Lammers seemed to be bound for second place, but Geoff Brabham was running like hell and overtook it in the closing laps. Nissan finally did a one-two, which was the first time since 1972. Tom Hessert and Charles Morgan won the Lights class in their Spice SE89P Buick. The Mercury Cougar XR7s were unapproached in GTO, with Robby Gordon, Calvin Fish and Lyn St James taking the win over their teammates. The GTU class went to Butch Leitzinger, David Loring and Chuck Kurtz, who swept away the competition. The Mazda MX6 driven by Lance Stewart, Al Bacon and John Finger finished second, thirteen laps down!