Allmendinger Captures Pole, Sellers Alongside in Kiwi Series They are both Formula Dodge National Championship runners-up but in the New Zealand Formula Ford Series, A.J. Allmendinger and Bryan Sellers are showing the way. Allmendinger will start...
Allmendinger Captures Pole, Sellers Alongside in Kiwi Series They are both Formula Dodge National Championship runners-up but in the New Zealand Formula Ford Series, A.J. Allmendinger and Bryan Sellers are showing the way. Allmendinger will start the second round of the series on the pole by a commanding margin at Timaru International Motor Raceway on New Zealand’s South Island.
In wet and cold conditions, Allmendinger’s lap of 1:17.028 sec. put him more than 1.3 seconds ahead of the current championship leader. A one-lap Top-10 shootout was scheduled for the afternoon, which would have set the final first five rows of the grid, but as the weather deteriorated, it would be cancelled. As a result, the qualifying times from the first qualifying session held earlier in the morning stood.
"It's good going into tomorrow considering it was raining, and when I woke up this morning all I was hoping for was to get into the Top-10 Shootout," said Allmendinger, 20, from Hollister, Calif. "The car was good [in dry conditions] yesterday in practice, so I feel confident going into the race whether it's wet or dry."
Sellers, the 2000 Formula Dodge National Championship runner-up, will share the front row with Allmendinger. His lap was only three-tenths of a second shy of the mark established by the Californian. The result is a small victory for Sellers who was unable to fully come to grips with the twisty circuit in his first encounter during a test there a few weeks prior.
"I'm pretty pleased with second considering when we came here in testing, Ieft not enjoying the track too much," admitted Sellers, 19, from Centerville, Ohio. "But everyone worked super-hard to put a quick car under me and to able to out-qualify Fabian (Coulthard, the current series leader) is a pretty good accomplishment."
A total of 21 cars will take the green flag for the double-header scheduled for Sunday afternoon.