Sixteen year-old Canadian Andrew Ranger has clinched the Title in the 2003 FRAN AM 2000 North American Pro Championship Series. With his second place finish and fastest lap in Round 13, Ranger has 325 points; clinching the Title by one point before tomorrow's season finale at Arizona Motorsports Park in Phoenix.
Feeling the heat of Ranger's resolve to return to form was Brazilian driver Gustavo Sondermann. Sondermann managed to hold off Ranger for a wire-to-wire victory in only his second FRAN AM race. The margin of victory over Ranger was a mere 0.241 sec.
Ranger's AIM Autosport teammate and fellow Canadian Mark Wilkins took the last podium position; finishing 6.088 secs off the pace. Canadian Dan McMullen and British driver Robert Bell round out the top five finishers.
Heading into tomorrow's season finale, the top three positions in Championship points are locked up. Behind Ranger are yesterday's winner Charles Hall and Bell. Hall, driving #33 for GTI Motorsports, was the Champion of the 2003 FRAN AM Winter World Series. Bell, piloting the #7 Team FirstAir car, has managed to secure a 3rd Place finish despite several tough breaks throughout the season.
The season finale will be run Sunday at Arizona Motorsports Park.