Race One: Short & Sweet for Bonilla

SEBRING, Fla. (March 17) - It what was the shortest Skip Barber National race in its six-year history, Gerardo Bonilla overcame very wet, slippery conditions at Sebring International Raceway to win round one of the 14-race championship. A first-lap red flag halted the proceedings (two different incidences), and with a time-certain schedule, there was no stopping the clock. So on the re-start, we watched Bonilla beat Matt Varsha and Casey Neal in what was officially a four lap, 15-mile event. Full report in tomorrow's two-race re-cap.

<pre> Round 1 of 14, Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER Sebring International Raceway, 17-turn, 3.7-mile road course Starting position in parentheses

1. (1) Gerardo Bonilla, Orlando, Fla. 4 laps 60.591 average mph 2. (3) Matt Varsha, Atlanta, Ga. 3. (2) Casey Neal, Middletown, Ohio 4. (7) Garrett Zine, Rio Linda, Calif. 5. (13) Jordy Vorrath, White Rock, B.C., Canada 6. (8) Richard Heistand, Sunny Isles, Fla. 7. (9) Cole Nelson, Atwater, Calif. 8. (5) Adam Tran, Vancouver, B.C., Canada 9. (6) Lorenzo Mandarino, Burnaby, B.C., Canada 10. (12) John Angelone, Bridgewater, N.J. 11. (4) Lucas McConnell, Springfield, Va. 12. (17) Paul Albert, Ottawa, Ont., Canada 13. (10) Peter Ludwig, New Paltz, N.Y. 14. (22) Jimmy Locke, Center Barnstead, N.H. 15. (14) Winston de Wardt, Steamboat Springs, Colo. 16. (24) Alain Roger Matrat, Annapolis, Md. 17. (25) Jeremy Morales, Glen Head, N.Y. 18. (11) Alan Sciuto, Orange, Calif. 0 laps contact 19. (15) Andy Rossetto, Grafton, Wis. 0 laps contact 20. (16) Pablo Sanchez Lopez, Xochimanga, Mexico 0 laps contact 21. (18) Terrick Mansur, Oranjestad, Aruba 0 laps contact 22. (19) Chris Cook, Coopersburg, Pa. 0 laps contact 23. (20) Eoin Ryan, Co. Tipperary, Ireland 0 laps contact 24. (21) Jimmy Holden, Tiona, Pa. 0 laps contact 25. (23) Rick Carlino, Harrisburg, Pa. withdrew

Race length: 4 laps of 3.7-mile, 17-turn road course for 14.8 miles Time of race: 14 minutes, 39.332 seconds Average speed: 60.591 mph Margin of victory: 4.273 seconds Lap leaders: Bonilla, 1 - 4 Fastest race lap: Bonilla, 2:49.155, lap 4 Fastest qualifier: Bonilla, 2:46.292

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