K-PAX Bentley Pair Go 1-2 GT SprintX Qualifying Saturday in PWC Grand Prix of Utah at Utah Motorsports Campus
Parente, Baptista Score Front Row Starts for Saturday’s Round 9 Race
GRANTSVILLE, Utah – The K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3 pair of Alvaro Parente and Rodrigo Baptista recorded a 1-2 performance in Saturday’s GT SprintX qualifying round at Utah Motorsport Campus in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah.
Parente, the qualifying track record holder, won the pole position in the No. 9 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3 with a time of one minute, 48.271 seconds and an average speed of 101.34 miles per hour. Parente, a two-time 2018 GT Sprint race winner, won the 2016 T driver championship for K-PAX Racing.
Baptista, a GTS race winner here last year, clocked a best lap of 1:48.498 (101.13 m.p.h.) in the No. 3 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3 to start alongside his teammate in Saturday’s Round 9 60-minute, two-driver race set for 4:45 p.m. MDT.
“It was a really good job by K-PAX Racing getting one-and-two,” said Parente. “I was happy with that lap, though it wasn’t the cleanest of runs. On two really good laps, I had to pass two cars. But, we still managed to do it. I’m looking forward to the race, and we’ll see what we can do there.”
Third in qualifying to current GT overall point leader and GT SprintX leader Toni Vilander in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 with a 1:48.502 (101.12 m.p.h.) followed by young Scott Heckert in the No. 80 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 at 1:48.743 (100.90 m.p.h.), Michael Christensen in the No. 24 Alegra Porsche 911 GT3 R at 1:48.782 (100.86 m.p.h.) and Wolf Henzler in the No. 96 Pfaff Motorsports/Castrol Porsche 911 GT3 R at 1:48.784 (100.86 m.p.h.).
In the Pro-Am division, young Wei Lu captured the pole position in the No. 31 TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 with a best time of 1:50.266 (99.51 m.p.h.) over Long Beach GTA winner Yuki Harata in the No. 55 Dream Racing Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3 at 1:50.860 (98.97 m.p.h.) and 17-year-old Parker Chase in the No. 19 TruSpeed Autosport Audi R8 LMS at 1:50.934 (98.91 m.p.h.).
In the Am-Am class, Caesar Bacarella took the top spot in the No. 07 Squadra Corsa Italia Ferrari 488 GT3 at 1:52.200 (97.79 m.p.h.).
Saturday’s GT SprintX Round 9 60-minute, two-driver event will be held at 4:55 p.m. MDT. Sunday’s Round 10 race, to determine the season champions in the GT SprintX classes, is set at 3:00 p.m. MDT. All races will be livestreamed at World-Challenge.com and audio simulcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.