K-PAX Racing has announced that it will once again enter the Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours at Laguna Seca, this time with a single Bentley Continental GT3, as it looks to build on its third-place finish in the race last year.
Sharing the team’s Bentley Continental will be its current PWC drivers Álvaro Parente and Rodrigo Baptista and former K-Pax driver Bryan Sellers.
“Laguna Seca is such a storied track with a lot of history, and we have had a lot of success there in the past,” Programme Manager Darren Law said. “This track is local to our team, and we have good data here. Having previously competed in both IGTC events at the Sepang 12 Hours and also last season in this eight-hour event, we understand the challenges and look forward to competing with other teams from around the world.
“The shift between doing sprint events and endurance races has different challenges for each member of the team, from the drivers’ mindsets to the engineers’ thought processes and even the team’s preparation,” Law continued. “We’re fortunate that our team is experienced in endurance racing, and we have ample time from the final race of the season to this event. We will be fully prepared.”
The team’s trio are all well versed in competing with the team. Parente and Baptista have competed together as teammates all season long in the PWC SprintX and GT races, while Sellers raced with the team last year, and shared the team’s McLaren in the California 8 Hours with Parente.
“It will be great to have Bryan Sellers back with the team,” Law said. “He and Álvaro were a part of the driver line-up last year that helped get us to the podium. He is a great driver and so experienced in endurance racing. He knows everyone on the team already, so it is a perfect fit for our programme. Although he has not driven the Bentley Continental GT3 in competition yet, I don’t have any worries about him getting used to the car. We will run a test programme for him prior to the race so that he is up to speed and comfortable with how these cars behave.”
“For me, getting to drive in a new GT3 car is super exciting,” Sellers added. “The Continental GT3 is a beautiful race car and it’s proven very successful over the course of its lifespan. To my understanding, it’s a bit of a different car to drive and it takes some getting used to, but luckily for me I have two really great teammates who have figured out the car and I’m certain they will be willing to offer me some help whenever I need it.”
“I really enjoyed being teammates with Álvaro [last season]. I’m looking forward to getting back with him this year. He’s a guy that’s extremely talented and can make things happen behind the wheel at almost any given point. Working with him is great because he’s such an easy guy to work with. He’s always willing to offer-up information, and he’s been one of my favorite people over the years to work with and against.”