Alex Welch jumped onto the Pirelli World Challenge scene this year driving alongside GMG Racing team owner James Sofronas.

This week in the Pirelli Paddock Pass, Welch fills us in on winning his first championship, the experience racing alongside a close friend, and more.

What is the significance of your SprintX title that you clinched recently in Utah?

“This was my first championship and they never come easy. At the beginning of the season, James and I sat down and looked at the different series, as well as the different classes and cars within each series.

“We knew that Pirelli World Challenge GTS-X would be a huge class with a ton of competition, and having driven the Audi GT3 car in the past, we knew that with the help of Audi Sport Customer racing we would have a fighting chance at the overall GTS-X championship.

“Both James and I feel we are at the sharper end of our respective classes and with solid finishes throughout the season, a championship was a possibility.

“We never suffered any penalties or finishes outside of the top 10, that’s what it takes to win these championships. The GMG team did an outstanding job the entire season.”