NA-F2000: SBRS: CHAMPCAR/CART: Sellers takes lead in New Zealand

FAIRFIELD, NJ. (January 21, 2002) -- Team USA Scholarship winner and Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship driver Bryan Sellers has taken the lead in the New Zealand International Formula Ford Championship, following Rounds Five and Six this past...

FAIRFIELD, NJ. (January 21, 2002) -- Team USA Scholarship winner and Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship driver Bryan Sellers has taken the lead in the New Zealand International Formula Ford Championship, following Rounds Five and Six this past weekend.

In race one of the doubleheader, series point leader Fabian Coulthard took a commanding lead, while Sellers battled local driver Brady Kennett for the runner-up position. At the checkered flag, Sellers had finished second, for his fourth consecutive podium finish. In the second race, Sellers got a good start and began pressuring Coulthard immediately. On lap four, Sellers took the lead going into the hairpin. Not giving up Coulthard retook the position on the following lap. For the remainder of the race Sellers was involved in an epic battle with Nicholas Ross and Nelson Hartley. On the final lap, Ross was able to make a banzai pass in the hairpin stick, relinquishing Sellers to third.

"It was just a cat-fight," said Sellers. "I could either finish third or crash. I thought, man, I want to take this car to Manfeild [in two weeks' time], so I took third."

Shortly after the race, officials met to discuss a possible infraction during the doubleheader. Late Sunday MotorSport New Zealand announced that double race winner Coulthard had been disqualified due to a "technical irregularity". The disqualification promoted Sellers to second in both races. The results give Sellers the series point lead heading into the series finale doubleheader, February 2-3 at Manfeild.

"Oh well," said Sellers. "There's not much you can do except take the two seconds. Heck, what kind a bad day is it if you're disappointed with two seconds?"

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Series IndyCar , Kart , Other open wheel
Drivers Fabian Coulthard , Bryan Sellers