MOTOR RACING : Schumacher Blocks the Road, Wins in Belgian Grand Prix

From Associated Press

Michael Schumacher used daredevil tactics to extend his lead in the Formula One standings Sunday with a wet-and-wild victory that withstood a protest at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps.

Showers turned the race into a duel between Schumacher, who worked his way up from the 16th starting position to the lead in 26 laps, and Hill, whose Williams Renault team protested Schumacher’s blocking tactics.

Hill, who was assessed a 10-second penalty for exceeding the 50-m.p.h. limit in the pits, lost by 19 1/2 seconds.

Their cars touched wheels at high speed, and while Formula One officials did not overturn the results, they did put Schumacher on probation for four races.



At Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Canada’s Miguel DuHamel won his sixth AMA Superbike race in a row to tie Wayne Rainey’s 12-year-old record for consecutive victories.