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.