Ebben Takes Home First Trans-Am Trophy

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HORSE POWERED: Cliff Ebben (36) leads the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am field in his Ford Mustang at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., Sunday. (Mark Weber Photo)

HORSE POWERED: Cliff Ebben (36) leads the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am field in his Ford Mustang at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., Sunday. (Mark Weber Photo)

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Cliff Ebben celebrated his first SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series victory Sunday during the season finale at Road America.

Ebben started fifth in his No. 36 Lamers Racing/McMahon Group Racing Ford Mustang and remained there during the first portion of the race while second-starting Jorge Diaz, Jr. set the pace.
Diaz opened up a lead of more than six seconds before he pulled off on lap 13 of the 23-lap race with a flat tire. R.J. Lopez inherited the lead, but he had polesitter Tony Ave all over him.

Following a lap-15 restart, Ave made a move to pass Lopez between turns five and six, making contact with Lopez. The contact flattened a tire on Lopez’s Chevrolet Corvette, forcing him to the pits.

Ave had the lead, but Ebben moved to the front entering turn five on lap 16. Ebben nearly lost the race to Daniel Ramoutarsingh on lap 21 when Ramoutarsingh made a pass in turn 12, but he spun exiting the corner, leaving Ebben alone at the front of the field.

“I had hardly any brakes for the last five laps or so, and there was really nothing I could do. I was just going to let (Ramoutarsingh) go by and hope that it was the end of the race. When I saw him spin behind me, I was relieved,” said Ebben.

Ramoutarsingh finished second with Kenny Bupp, Jr., Simon Gregg and Jerry Kinn filling the top five.

The finish:
Showing driver, car and laps completed: 1. Cliff Ebben, Ford Mustang, 23; 2. Daniel Ramoutarsingh, Jaguar XKR, 23; 3. Kenny Bupp, Jr., Chevrolet Camaro, 23; 4. Simon Gregg, Chevrolet Corvette, 23; 5. Jerry Kinn, Chevrolet Corvette, 23; 6. Denny Lamers, Ford Mustang, 23; 7. David Fershtand, Ford Mustang, 22; 8. Tomy Drissi, Jaguar XKR, 22; 9. Jordan Bupp, Chevrolet Corvette, 22; 10. Tony Ave, Chevrolet Corvette, 18; 11. Glen Jung, Mazda RX-7, 17; 12. Kyle Kelley, Chevrolet Camaro, 17; 13. R.J. Lopez, Chevrolet Corvette, 15; 14. Jorge Diaz, Jr., Jaguar XKR, 13; 15. Ron Tambourine, Mazda RX-7, 11; 16. Jon Leavy, Chevrolet Camaro, 10; 17. Amy Ruman, Chevrolet Corvette, 4; 18. Edison Lluch, Sr., Chevrolet Corvette, 4; 19. Jim Bradley, Chevrolet Corvette, 4; 20. Carl Jensen, Chevrolet Camaro, 3; 21. Buddy Cisar, Chevrolet Camaro, 3; 22. Michael Skeen, Chevrolet Corvette, 0; 23. William Rozmajzl, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 0.

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