Sellers ties Zetec Championship record with second win at VIR. ALTON, Va. (October 27, 2002) - Bryan Sellers, of Centerville, Ohio, followed up his Formula Ford Zetec Championship-clinching win Saturday with his season record-tying eighth...
Sellers ties Zetec Championship record with second win at VIR.
ALTON, Va. (October 27, 2002) - Bryan Sellers, of Centerville, Ohio, followed up his Formula Ford Zetec Championship-clinching win Saturday with his season record-tying eighth victory of the season Sunday at the VIR SpeedFest Presented by the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience at VIRginia International Raceway. The win tied David Besnard's 1998 record of eight in one season. Jeffery Jones, of Sarasota, Fla., and Craig Baltzer, of Bettendorf, Iowa, completed the top-three.
After starting third in the No. 3 Yes Network/3Dimensional Services/Arai/Sparco Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, Sellers moved into the lead on lap two, passing polesitter JW Urlin, of Ont., Can., who mistakenly thought a full-course caution to be out for an incident in turn one involving Mark Wilkins, Andrew Prendeville and James Gue.
Once Sellers was through in the lead, he never looked back, taking a 0.902-second victory, averaging 104.519 mph in cloudy and cool conditions.
"This has been a dream season," said Sellers. "I can't thank the team and all the guys for giving me the best car all season long. The competition in the Zetec Championship is fantastic and I've really enjoyed racing all the guys, especially Jeffrey [Jones] pushed me all season long. I can't wait to sit in that CART car."
Jones, driving the No. 2 JCI Jones Chemical/Winchester Roquin Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, whittled away Sellers' lead in the later stages of the race, but couldn't mount a serious threat on the final lap. Jones, who was crowned the Greg Moore Rookie of the Year on Saturday, finished second to Sellers in the Championship, 327 to 270.
"It's been a crazy but good year," said Jones. "Roquin Motorsports gave me a great chance to win the championship, but Bryan [Sellers] deserved it."
Baltzer, the current SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship leader in the ICC class, drove strong all race battling for third position. Driving the No. 4 Skip Barber Racing/Decal Works/Lakefront Tech Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, Baltzer finished on the podium in only his second race in the Zetec Championship.
"To finish on the podium in only my second race is fantastic," said Baltzer. "I had great battle with J.W. [Urlin] for third. He was quicker in one part of the track and I was in another, but I managed to get by when we ran into some traffic."
Urlin held on to fourth in his No. 19 Budget Rent a Car/Mygale Cars Mygale Ford, followed by Venezuelan Ricardo Imery, in the No. 5 Cavenas/Venezolana de Ascensor Pabst Racing Van Diemen Ford.
Kip Meeks, of Grove City, Ohio, won his seventh American Continental Championship race of the season in the No. 31 MeeksMiller Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, having already clinched the Championship at the last event.
Behind Sellers and Jones in the Zetec Drivers' Championship were Urlin (219 points), Tonis Kasemets (206 points) and Sean McIntosh (195 points).