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Sellers Excluded from Sanya; Loses Points Lead

Technical infringement to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Jaguar strips Sellers of points lead…

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Bryan Sellers has been excluded from Saturday’s Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race in Sanya, which has seen the Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver lose his championship points lead in the process.

Sellers, who initially finished third on the road, was disqualified due to a technical infringement on his No. 6 Jaguar found in post-race scrutineering by stewards.

According to a document published by the series, the car’s rear shock absorber bump packer was not in compliance with the regulations due to the addition of a zip tie strapped to the rear shock absorber axle.

It’s understood the car was running with the permitted bump packer, however.

“I’m extremely disappointed with the ruling on our technical infraction, however rules are in place to govern a series and no matter how small the infraction may be it is still an infraction,” Sellers said.

“I can assure you this was not something intentional, and was an oversight. This is something we will address, and something we will learn from.

“We will work hard and make sure we are prepared for Rome, and do our best to get a good result. This will only motivate us even more to come back stronger.”

Sellers’ exclusion has promoted the No. 18 TWR Techeetah Jaguar of Stefan Rzadzinski to third in the race, giving the Chinese-entered team its first podium finish in series competition.

Unofficially, Simon Evans has retaken the lead of the Pro championship, one point ahead of Katherine Legge, with Sellers dropping to third, although only three points adrift.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of e-racing365. Dagys, who launched the industry-leading Sportscar365 in 2013, spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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    Popcycle

    March 23, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Somebody explain to me why such a well financed and experienced team is so stupid. The rule is clear, no mods allowed, yet these collective bunch of dummys mod the shocks! Stupid is as stupid does.

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      JD

      March 23, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      Zip tie on the shock shaft is to measure travel if you can’t have travel sensors… Absolutely no way it effects shock stiffness at all!!

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        Scott M

        March 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm

        Even if the possibility of altered shock performance didn’t exist, it seems like something to do during a test or pre-race practice session, not during the race itself.

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        OverNOut

        March 23, 2019 at 11:26 pm

        Ah, you need to read the document embedded at the beginning of the third paragraph. That document is directly from the race inspectors, and their judgement is that the tye wraps DID affect roll stiffnes. Unless you can convince me that you are a mechanic, crew chief, chief engineer or equivalent on a professional team with Gold and Platinum drivers funded by a manufacturer, I will go with the knowledge of the inspectors over your mere opinion. And even if they didn’t do anything, it is ILLEGAL to make any changes to the shock system including something like painting them pink!

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        OverNOut1

        March 23, 2019 at 11:30 pm

        Oh, and the tie wraps werecused to hold the modified nump packers in place–MODIFIED bump packers!

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    Scott M

    March 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    I don’t follow this series–is the racing so close that the championship-leading team really feels the need to cheat? No tears for RLL; I prefer my racing with good sportsmanship.

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    Mike S.

    March 23, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I think the stewards could hear the cable tie cutting and flapping through the air over the lack of noise coming from the hood of the car.

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