First win for Bell

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The Independent Online

Justin Bell stormed to a superb victory in the penultimate round of this year's Trans-Am sportscar series at Laguna Seca, California. The son of Derek Bell had already been confirmed as the year's top rookie driver and he capped that achievement by recording his first win in the championship. "This is probably the best day of my life," Bell said.

He had qualified in sixth place in his Chevrolet Corvette and lost a further position on the first of the 56 laps. But the Londoner took advantage of a multi-car collision to move up to second. He then survived two safety-car periods to hang on for a 1.405 seconds win ahead of the defending champion, Brian Simo, who had pressurised him over the last few laps.

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