SEBRING, FLA. (March 14, 2003) --Westley Barber, of Saffron Walden, England, won Round Two of the 2003 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at Sebring International Raceway, after it was halted due to weather on lap four. Completing the top-three...
SEBRING, FLA. (March 14, 2003) --Westley Barber, of Saffron Walden, England, won Round Two of the 2003 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at Sebring International Raceway, after it was halted due to weather on lap four. Completing the top-three was Tony Loniewski, of Michigan City, Mich., and Charlie Kimball, of Camarillo, Calif. Chris Dona, of Sandown, N.H., won the American Continental Championship class.
Under dark and overcast skies, 26 Zetec Championship cars rolled on to the 3.7-mile road course to begin the pace lap. By midway through the lap it had begun to rain, with a great deal of lightning. As Barber, driving the No. 3 Sunoco Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, took the green from the pole position, it was raining heavily around the course. By turn three numerous cars had spun off-course. At the end of the opening lap, Barber had a sizeable lead over Loniewski, racing the No. 22 Lonici Rental/GNP Corsa Group-J&J Racing Van Diemen Ford and Kimball, in the No. 91 Rentvillas.com PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen Ford. For the next two laps it began to rain harder, reducing visibility significantly. On lap four, the race was red flagged due to the weather and two cars blocking the track. Following an hour's stoppage, the race was declared official, completing a perfect weekend for Barber. Barber won both rounds of the doubleheader, captured both pole positions and led every lap. For capturing both wins, Barber was awarded $10,000 in prize money.
Completing the top-five was Lawson Aschenbach, of Gaithersburg, Md., in the No. 2 King Automotive/M&M Welding PR1 Motorsports, who started fifth and A. Prendeville, of Morristown, N.J., in the No. 25 TCW/Valvoline Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford, who started in 10th.