LONG BEACH, Calif. – Bryan Sellers, driving the No. 6 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S, led practice times Saturday morning in preparation for Saturday’s Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix presented by Optima Batteries qualifying following an overnight rain on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn Long Beach street circuit.
Sellers, one of two drivers doing double duty with the PWC and IMSA races this weekend, recorded a one minute, 20.630 second lap to pace the 23-driver field Saturday as the racing surface was still damp from the rain in the Long Beach area. The track continued to dry out throughout the 30-minute practice with Sellers, Friday’s pole winner in the IMSA GTD class, posting the top position.
Sellers passed 2016 GT Cup champion Alec Udell late in the session after Udell clicked off sub-1:21 laps late in the session. The Texas driver piloted his No. 17 GMG/Euroworld Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R to a time of 1:20.635 Saturday morning followed by Pierre Kaffer in the No. 4 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS with a 1:20.800.
Rounding out the top five in Saturday practice were the St. Petersburg GT winners Patrick Long in the No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R at 1:20.936 and reigning PWC GT series champion Alvaro Parente in the No. 9 K-PAX McLaren 650S at 1:20.967.
The 30-minute session was halted in the last few minutes when Adderly Fong in the No. 88 Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3 hit the wall exiting turn 11. Fong was okay but the car was towed back to the PWC Paddock area in the Long Beach Convention Center.
Qualifying is set to get underway at 9:25 a.m. PDT Saturday for a 20-minute period.