GRAND-AM's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) events always provide intense competition and a little bit of controversy. The Continental Tire Sports Car Festival presented by Mazda on September 8 offered all of that for Bryan Sellers... twice! The Braselton, Ga.-resident took the second-stint behind the wheel of the No. 46 BCKSTGR/Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 after teammate Mark Boden (Winnetka, Ill.) started the car 21st. Once behind the wheel, Sellers charged through the field to take the lead, then fell back to 14th after a penalty but never gave up. He battled back to second as the checkered flag flew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (MRLS) in Monterey, Calif. It was the second podium finish for the Falken Tire factory driver in the CTSCC this season.
The 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course on the Monterey Peninsula may be one the most popular circuits on the schedule but it is also one of the most challenging. When MRLS is coupled with the massive fields and intense competition of the CTSCC, the BCKSTGR/Fall-Line Motorsports operation had its work cut out. Starting deep in the GS class field would be the first challenge when Sellers took over the wheel of the No. 46 with approximately two hours of the two-hour, 30-minute race remaining. Within 20 minutes of taking charge of the BCKSTGR BMW, Sellers was running fourth. Less than 10 minutes later, the former open wheel-racing champion made the pass for second-place. He would inherit the lead as pit stop rotations began.
Sellers would hold the lead until being penalized for passing the pace car on a restart with one-hour, 15-mintues to go, dropping him to 14th. He was not the only driver to face the wrath of GRAND-AM official as identical penalties also dropped two other leaders late in the race from the top-spot. Not to be denied one of the best runs of his career, Sellers immediately went back on the attack. With just over 30 minutes remaining, he had worked his way back into the top-four. Penalties would now play a positive role for Sellers as he gained a position, moving into third, as another driver served