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Oct 3, 2011

Villa Wraps Up Two Overall CCS Regional Championships At Jennings GP

Sean Dwyer (2) leads Santiago Villa (1) in the GTO race at Jennings GP. Photo by Lisa Theobald
CCS Florida/Southeast Regions
Jennings GP, Jennings, FL
October 2, 2011

By Lisa Theobald

Sean Dwyer ran an undefeated weekend at Jennings GP, winning the Unlimited Grand Prix, Unlimited Superbike, and GTO races on his BMW S1000RR. In all three of his classes, Dwyer beat the winningest racer of the weekend, Santiago Villa, who finished with six first-place finishes and wrapped up the weekend as the Championship points leader and 2012 title holder for both the CCS Florida and CCS Southeast regions.

Dwyer won the GTO race after nabbing the lead early and finishing ahead of Villa in the first of race of the day--and the first of their three on-track battles. Halfway through the day, Dwyer was back on the track and out front early again in the Unlimited Superbike race, taking his second victory of the day over Villa.

Dwyer was first off the line in the Unlimited Grand Prix race, but it was Villa who held the front end of his Yamaha YZF-R6 down and made it through Turn One ahead of the rest of the pack. Dwyer used the BMW S1000RR's power to his advantage on the straightaways and quickly passed Villa to take over the lead.

"I knew it was going to be hard to get by," Dwyer stated. "So I was just making sure I was on the limit everywhere. I was trying to use the strength of the big bike and I could hear (Villa) coming in the tight corners. I knew I just had to be on the limits so if he came past, I could get back. It was good. It worked out." Dwyer maintained his advantage, taking home his third victory in the day's final event.

Steve Wenner was the second-winningest racer of the weekend and also ran undefeated with four out of four first-place finishes in the lightweight classes. Wenner won the GT Lights, Lightweight Grand Prix, Lightweight Formula 40, and 125cc Grand Prix races.

UNLIMITED GRAND PRIX RESULTS: 1. Sean Dwyer (BMW S1000RR); 2. Santiago Villa (Yamaha YZF-R6); 3. Huntley Nash (Yamaha YZF-R6); 4. Manny Manusuthakis (Yamaha YZF-R6); 5. Bruno Silva (Yamaha YZF-R6); 6. Kiurys Martinez (Suzuki GSX-R1000); 7. Ken Wilson (Yamaha YZF-R1); 8. Robert Buroker, Jr. (Ducati 848); 9. Rick Johnson (Suzuki GSX-R1000).




More, from a press release issued by Villa Racing:

Santiago Villa of Bogota, Colombia won 6 of his 10 races, finished second in three and third in Middleweight GP on Sunday at Jennings GP, for the final round in the CCS South East Region. When Villa arrived at Virginia 8 days ago, he was 250 points behind Jim Cohrs, but by the time the racing was done at VIR, Villa was already ahead of Cohrs.

At Jennings GP Villa didn't had it easy. Huntley Nash, Sean Dwyer, Jim Cohrs, Bruno Silva and many other fast guys were ready to win races but Villa charged hard from lap one and won the GTU, Middleweight Superbike, Middleweight Supersport, Heavyweight Superbike, Heavyweight Supersport and Unlimited Supersport races, riding his Prieto Performance Yamaha YZF-R6.

At the end of the day, Sean Dwyer who won his three Unlimited Races on his BMW and Villa, escaped from the pack to fight it out for the win in the Unlimited GP Shootout. Villa and Dwyer both ran times of 1:16.1, and on the last lap, a red flag stopped the race and gave the win to Dwyer who had grabbed the lead from Villa on the second lap.

"It was an amazing year for me," said Villa. "I have done it again, won the overall championship in two CCS regions--the South East Region and the Florida Region. I also finished second overall in the Mid Atlantic Region. This is great for my team, Prieto Performance, for GMD Computrack and for my other sponsors, Addict By Bosi, Heroic, Arai and Tacama Motul.

"It's been a very unique season," Villa continued. "I have raced for the past two or three months with a broken collarbone. I hope to get it fixed when the Race of Champions at Daytona is over.

"It's great to give my country and my team these titles, and to also have continued to get better results in AMA Pro this season. Now I need some rest after two weekends of intense racing and will focus on the Race Of Champions."

EXPERT RESULTS

UNLIMITED GP (SHOOT OUT)
1. Sean Dwyer BMW 1000 ( 1:16.146)
2. Santiago Villa Yamaha R6 (1:16.199)
3. Huntley Nash Yamaha R6 (1:17.792)
4. Emanuel Manusuthakis Yamaha R6 (1:17.814)
5. Bruno Silva Yamaha R6 (1:16.963)

GTU
1. Santiago Villa Yamaha R6
2. Huntley Nash Yamaha R6
3. Bruno Silva Yamaha R6
4. Emanuel Manusuthakis Yamaha R6
5. Jim Cohrs Yamaha R6

Expert Unlimited Superbike
1. Sean Dwyer BMW 1000
2. Santiago Villa Yamaha R6
3. Kiurys Martinez Suzuki 1000
4. Ken Wilson Yamaha R1
5. Rick Johnson Suzuki 1000

Expert Middleweight Supersport
1. Santiago Villa Yamaha R6
2. Huntley Nash Yamaha R6
3. Bruno Silva Yamaha R6
4. Emanuel Manusuthakis Yamaha R6
5. Jim Cohrs Yamaha R6

Expert Unlimited Supersport
1. Santiago Villa Yamaha R6
2. Ken Wilson Yamaha R1
3. Roosvelt Wright Suzuki 750
4. Rick Johnson Suzuki 1000
5. Robert Picinich Suzuki 750

Expert Heavyweight Supersport
1. Santiago Villa Yamaha R6
2. Huntley Nash Yamaha R6
3. Jim Cohrs Yamaha R6
4. Greg Melka Yamaha R6
5. Charlie Long Suzuki 600

Expert GTO
1. Sean Dwyer BMW 1000
2. Santiago Villa Yamaha R6
3. Bruno Silva Yamaha R6
4. Kiurys Martinez Suzuki 1000
4. Ken Wilson Yamaha R1

Expert Middleweight Superbike
1. Santiago Villa Yamaha R6
2. Bruno Silva Yamaha R6
3. Greg Melka Yamaha R6
4. Emanuel Manusuthakis Yamaha R6
5. Charlie Long Suzuki 600

Expert Heavyweight Superbike
1. Santiago Villa Yamaha R6
2. Huntley Nash Yamaha R6
3. Greg Melka Yamaha R6
4. Charlie Long Suzuki 600
5. Tim Ivanoff Buell 1125

Expert Middleweight GP
1. Huntley Nash Yamaha R6
2. Bruno Silva Yamaha R6
3. Santiago Villa Yamaha R6
4. Greg Melka Yamaha R6
5. Charlie Long Suzuki 600