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Theys spins,
then wins for Ferrari at Lime Rock

Lime Rock, May 31, 1999

Fredy Lienhard and Didier Theys won the Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park with their Doran/Lista Ferrari 333 SP.  Theys qualified 4th behind the Dyson Riley & Scott Fords and were thus the underdogs for the race.  But they managed to run a shrewd race and always remained in the top five during the 2 hour 45 minute running.  With only 15 minutes to go, Theys was lying in second place 12 seconds behind the leading Dyson Riley & Scott Ford.  He charged hard, making up the 12 second margin in 5 laps.  The spectators were on there feet cheering Theys in the Ferrari.  He then spun the car while negotiating slower traffic in turn 1, but remarkably was able to make up the time and finally passed the leading R&S Ford on the second to last lap.  The margin of victory was less than 1 second.  It was a heroic drive by Didier Theys.  It was Fredy Lienhard's first win in the United States.
Lienhard's Team Doran stable-mate, the Doran/Matthews Ferrari 333 SP driven by Jim Matthews and Mauro Baldi, was involved in a shunt early in the race and had to retire.
Fredy Lienhard (#27 Ferrari 333 SP) "It's hard to find the words to express this day.  This was my first victory in the U.S. and with so many guests and employees of (Leinhard's company) Lista at the race, we are very happy that the race was so close and so exciting. I knew it was a long race, so I had to find a way to keep the race close and give Didier (Theys) a chance to get on the podium. Today is a day to remember."
Official results for the Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park can be obtained from www.usrrc-series.com/99limerock/results.html

Text James Davies

1 #27 Lienhard/Theys Doran/Lista Ferrari 333SP 025
2 #20 EFR/Leitzinger/Dyson Dyson  Riley & Scott Ford  
3 #8  Camferdam/Schubot Support Net Riley & Scott Ford  
4 #16 Wallace/Weaver Dyson Riley & Scott Ford  
dnf #36 Matthews/Baldi Doran/Matthews Ferrari 333SP 026
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