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K-PAX Strikes Back In Race 2 At CTMP

Soucek and Parente deliver the goods

After R. Ferri won the opening World Challenge America race of the weekend, K-PAX Racing title contenders Alvaro Parente and Andy Soucek steered their Bentley Continental GT3 to victory on Sunday in Race 2 at CTMP.

Pole-sitter Parente from Portugal, in the #9 Bentley Continental GT3, led the pack to the line and the green flag ahead of second-on-the-grid Toni Vilander, who won Race 1 with Miguel Molina in the R. Ferri 488 GT3.

In the Pro/Am division, pole sitter Norwegian Dennis Olsen, piloting the #91 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, slotted into third overall with Scottish driver Ryan Dalziel in the #63 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 slotted into 5th overall and second in class. The Japanese team of Naoto Takeda and Takuya Shirasaka in the #96 Turner Motorsports BMW F13 M6 GT3 led the Am/Am division.

At the end of the first lap, Parente held a .572-second lead over Vilander, with Olsen in third, Belgium’s Maxime Soulet in the second K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3 in fourth and Dalziel in fifth.

The leaders held their positions through Lap 20 with Parente building his lead to over a second. In the Pro/Am division Marcelli in the #80 Racers Edge Acura NSX entry began to close on Dalziel for second in class running sixth overall. By Lap 26 Parente and Vilander had gapped the rest of the field by over three seconds.

The pit window opened on Lap 30. The first to enter the pits was Soulet who changed over to teammate Rodrigo Baptista. By lap 33 with the pit window still open, Vilander closed to .600 seconds on leader Parente. Two-laps later the lead was down to .461 seconds. On Lap 34 Dalziel passed the car over to teammate American David Askew.

The leaders came in on lap 36, with Parente changing out for teammate Soucek, and Vilander changing out for Molina from Spain. Soucek was able to leave the pits just ahead of Molina.

When the pit window closed on lap 38, Soucek had the #9 Bentley out front with Molina in the #61 Ferrari in pursuit. Baptista in the #3 Bentley remained in third, while Olsen’s teammate Anthony Imperato in the #91 Porsche maintained the lead of the Pro/Am division.

By lap 47, Soucek pushed his lead over Molina to 7.5 seconds, with Baptista in third and Pro/Am leader Imperato in fourth overall.

On lap 50, Imperato entered the pit for a mechanical issue putting Barkey into the Pro/Am lead, seventh overall in the race. Imperato exited the pits back in 10th overall and third in class.

At the checkered, Soucek crossed the line first to claim the second race win of the season for the team. Molina and Baptista finished second and third respectively.

“Looking at the results from the weekend, second yesterday, first today we are really happy with that and got great points. Andy’s qualifying session makes it look even better because unfortunately it happened but if it hadn’t happened, maybe we would’ve put it on pole for both races. Really good race weekend with good points, we both drove well, and the team did perfectly.” said Soucek’s teammate, Alvaro Parente.

In Pro/Am Barkey crossed the line eighth overall and first in Pro/Am, the Canadian duo came into the weekend atop the Pro/Am driver championship standings. Askew/Dalziel finished second in class, while Imperato/Olsen placed third. Naoto Takeda and Takuya Shirasaka won the Am/Am class the #96 Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GT3.

Blancpain GT World Challenge America competitors now head to Sonoma Raceway in California June 7-9 for Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2019 Championship.