K-PAX Racing Tied for Championship Lead Heading into Lime Rock Park - CanadaMay. 22 2016
As Pirelli World Challenge waits to begin Rounds 9 and 10 at Lime Rock Park this weekend, K-PAX Racing is currently tied for the lead in the GT Driver Championship with McLaren GT Factory driver Alvaro Parente.
Heading into Rounds 7 and 8 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the Portuguese driver sat third in the championship points behind Cadillac Racing duo Johnny O’ Connell and Michael Cooper, with Wright Racing driver Patrick Long in fourth. In the opening qualifying session, Parente qualified in 8th, ahead of both Cadillac drivers in 11th and 13th. Minimal passing took place at the double header at Mosport, a track that typically hosts exciting battles. The lack of passing made for a somewhat uneventful run for the team in both races, however, all three K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3s finished both races cleanly, earning valuable championship points. While lacking overall pace, Parente in the No. 9 McLaren 650S GT3 kept both Cadillacs behind him, catapulting him to tie for first in the championship with Round 7 and 8 winner Patrick Long. In the GT Team Championship, K-PAX Racing sits second, just 17 points away from Cadillac Racing.
“It has been such a tight battle this year, and we’re right in the thick of it,” said Program Manager Darren Law. “All three of our drivers get faster with each race, and we walked away from Mosport with some solid points. The 650S is a strong car, and has proven to be competitive in such a strong field.”
With nine races remaining, the battle for the championship remains close. The high downforce McLaren 650S GT3 should be strong at Lime Rock Park, a 7-turn 1.5-mile track. K-PAX Racing privately tested at the track twice in the last month, in preparation for the upcoming event.
“We’re fairly confident in our performance at Lime Rock Park,” said Program Manager Darren Law. “This is a new track to our calendar, and because we’ll have limited track time, we wanted to make sure we arrived at the race with a strong package.”
Sessions for the Lime Rock Park Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix begin Thursday, May 17. Visit world-challenge.com for more information.