Sellers leads house Legge for Hong Kong Jaguar I-Tempo win
It was an all-American sweep within the Hong Kong spherical of the Jaguar I-Tempo eTrophy sequence, which runs in assist of the ABB Components E Championship as Bryan Sellers led house Rahal Letterman Lanigan teammate Katherine Legge — winner final outing in Mexico — for the victory.
In difficult observe circumstances because of various quantities of rain, Sellers certified second for the third consecutive time for Spherical 3. Within the race, he held his place till Caca Bueno made a mistake just a few laps into the race and drove into the wall off of the entrance straight within the tight flip, which moved Sellers and Legge into first and second. Sellers held the place for the remainder of the race and took the checkered flag 3.369 seconds forward of Legge to develop into the primary American to win on an ABB Components E weekend.
“It’s a fantastic day for everyone at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. I used to be a bit of bit jealous of Kat in Mexico Metropolis as a result of she drove such a fantastic race however it (ending order) was in a position to be flipped this time.”
Sellers admitted he was stunned by Bueno’s early tempo.
“For positive he pushed arduous. At first I believed, ‘Man, if he can proceed the race with this tempo, the race is his.’ I personally wasn’t keen to push that onerous, that quick, and it appears prefer it caught him out just a bit bit. The issue in these circumstances, the distinction between a half of a automobile size on the brakes, is critical. And he didn’t go in that scorching. He simply obtained in there a bit of too late, a bit of too damp and was simply broad and couldn’t get it turned within the nook. Typically it’s your day I suppose.
“I actually doubt I’d have been in a position to move him. I’d prefer to say sure however the vehicles are so evenly matched and while you rise up to the highest three, it turns into very troublesome. He’s had tempo all weekend and principally led each session and I used to be proper behind him each session. It could have taken a mistake like that for me to get round. I may sit again understanding Kat was there and know she wasn’t going to make a dive-bomb transfer on me and will management the tempo a bit of bit.”
Legge concurred together with her teammate’s evaluation.
“There was no manner I used to be going to have a go at Bryan. He protected me in Mexico so we simply form of chilled out,” she stated. “We didn’t have a really eventful race till the final lap after I thought somebody may need a go at (passing) me so I braked actually early and stacked them up. It’s a crew 1-2 so Bobby (Rahal) will likely be completely satisfied.
“Brian and I’ve been mates for lots of years and there’s a lot of mutual respect there. I keep in mind 10 years in the past or extra and we had been racing in opposition to one another in decrease formulation vehicles. When you understand what another person is able to and they’re your teammate, you try to profit from that and study as a lot as you’ll be able to from them.”
Within the first three rounds, Sellers completed third, second and now earned his first sequence win. He’s the primary American to win an electrical automobile race and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD champion now leads the standings with 46 factors to second-place Legge’s 42.