Bentley Continental GT3 driver duo Andy Soucek and Alvaro Parente won the final race of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge America season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last night, completing a weekend sweep having scored pole position and won the opening race earlier in the day.
They led home a K-PAX 1-2, as their teammates Maxime Soulet and Rodrigo Baptista finished second in the 90-minute race.
Behind the winners, R.Ferri Motorsprot’s Miguel Molina and Toni Vilander crucially, finished third overall in their 488 GT3, clinching the Manufacturers’ title for Ferrari. Molina took the lead early in the race but was forced to hand Soucek the place back after he was found to have taken the position by exceeding track limits.
From there the K-PAX team dominated the race. A slow stop dropped the Ferrari to fifth after the round of stops, leaving Vilander to fight back to a podium place in the second half.
Notably, with a 1-2 finish, K-PAX Racing did clinch a title. taking the 2019 Team Championship Title back to its home base in California. This will come as somewhat of a consolation prize after the team was unable to take the Drivers’ title down to the wire.
Earlier in the week, Toni Vilander was named champion after the results from Road America were declared final after a protest and appeal by K-PAX.
“It means a lot to win the (Teams’) championship, as the Drivers’ championship was out of reach,” Soucek said after the race. “We secured second place in the championship with this victory in Race 1, so in this race, our aim was to take the Team’s Championship in Race 2.
“We did that with mega pit stops from the team. The guys worked really hard on getting the stops done well, we’re so pleased with the mechanics. Congratulations to K-PAX at least we won something this year!”
Martin Fuentes and Renger Van der Zande won in the Pro/Am category by finishing just off the podium in fourth, while Mike Hedlund and Dane Cameron finished second in the category to clinch the Team Championship for RealTime Racing, coming home fifth.
Martin Barkey and Kyle Marcelli finished fourth in Pro/Am, clinching the Pro/Am division Driver’s Championship.