Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY title protagonist Bryan Sellers says that there are no team orders in place in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team ahead of this weekend’s crucial New York double-header.
Sellers currently sits just six points behind leader Sergio Jimenez after scoring two wins in Hong Kong and Paris so far in the inaugural electric SUV series.
The title fight also includes Jimenez’s Jaguar Brazil Racing teammate Caca Bueno who has vaulted up to third after two wins in the last two races in Monaco and Berlin. Bueno sits just ten points in arrears of Sellers.
The American’s RLL teammate Katherine Legge still has an outside mathematical chance of challenging for the title but is 40 points off Jimenez with 42 to play for.
This situation though will not necessarily trigger overt team order tactics at RLL, according to Sellers.
“I think that the one thing that the team strategy can play into is how Katherine and I work with each other over the course of a weekend,” Sellers told e-racing365.
“There is one thing I know about her and it is that she will do everything in her power to help make sure I’m at my best, to help make sure that if she finds anything she relays the information to me, that if she ends up finding a trick in any certain sector on the track, that will all be in her information and be easily changed hands.
“If she’s in the position to help then it would be her decision and I will never ask anything like that from her or from a teammate.”
Sellers emphasized Legge’s determination to add to her single I-PACE win which occurred at Mexico City in February.
“You know she needs to win races to do what is best for her,” said Sellers.
“So I know she will be there for me, for everything I need, but in terms of team precedents or [team] orders I suspect she’s going to go out and try and win the final two rounds and I would, I would expect nothing less from her.”
Sanya Tech Wrap Hit Sellers ‘Right Between the Eyes’
Sellers’ disqualification from third place at the Sanya race for his car using a non-compliant shock absorber hit the American “right between the eyes”.
The 11 points lost in China meant that Sellers arrives in New York with a six-point deficit rather than a five-point advantage over adversary Jimenez.
“Obviously at Sanya I was thinking I was going to finish up on the podium and have a decent championship lead, then it switched to having all those points taken away and we’re down to third in the championship,” Sellers told e-racing365.
“It kind of hits you right between the eyes to be honest, to be in this position and with those Sanya points things would look slightly different than they do right now.”
Sellers says that although he was disappointed with the events at Sanya he will not let the incident compromize him in New York next week.
“You know for me I also say everyone has ‘what if moments’ every single weekend,” he said.
“You can’t really dwell on those, you just have to understand you know why they happen, try to address them and then move on you know.
“But having said all that, I sure wish I could have those points right now.”