Wilson Takes Over Points Lead With Second Win at Road Atlanta
BRASELTON. GA. (April 25, 2004) - Bobby Wilson, of Dousman, Wisc., won Round Four of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Road Atlanta. Completing the top-three is Andrew Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa. and Jason Bowles, of Ontario, Calif.
Following the lunch break, the Zetec Championship field commenced the second race of the Drift Atlanta doubleheader. Typical of Zetec Championship starts, the field went three-wide into turn one on the opening lap. Showing tremendous skill, the leaders made it through the demanding corner without incident. Benefiting from Prendeville and Bowles battling for position, Wilson, in the No. 3 Green-Keeper/RW Racing Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, established a multi-car lead by the completion of lap one. As the leaders maintained position in the early stages of the race, Wade Cunningham and Adam Pecorari steadily moved through the field, improving multiple positions every lap. Posting the fast laps of the race, Wilson continued to build his lead over Prendeville, in the No. 25 Racelink/Roos Racing School Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford, and Bowles, in the No. 7 JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, who were running nose-to-tail. Never under threat, Wilson completed the sweep of the doubleheader, taking the checkered flag by 3.756 seconds. With the two wins, Wilson takes over the Zetec Championship point standings lead with 106 points. Second and third in the standings are Bowles and Prendeville, with 98 and 77 points respectively.
"The start was awesome," said Wilson, who becomes the third consecutive Zetec Championship driver to sweep both rounds at Road Atlanta. "Once I got out front, I knew I had to push the car and build a gap on Andrew [Prendeville] and Jason [Bowles]. I can't wait to go to Laguna Seca next weekend and keep my win streak going."
"It was important to come away with valuable points at Road Atlanta," said Prendeville, who set career best finishes at Road Atlanta with his two second place finishes. "It got interesting late in the race, as the car kept popping out of fourth gear in turn one, which cost me a lot of time."
"The car was a lot better today," said Bowles, who has finished on the podium in every race thus far this season. "I'm happy with the podium finishes and looking forward to the races next weekend."
Completing the top-five is Wade Cunningham, of New Zealand, in the No. 2 RCC/WPL/Placemakers MT. Wellington/Turbo Traders Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, who started in the 15th and Ron White, of Santa Clara, Calif., in the No. 8 Ad-Tech/RC20/Beeline Marketing/Impact Racing/Decal Works JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, who started seventh.