The K-PAX Racing team will put a fresh Bentley Continental GT3 beneath Alvaro Parente for the March 23-25 Pirelli World Challenge series championship round at Circuit of The Americas. The race-ending crash suffered by the Portuguese driver at St. Petersburg in his primary Bentley made for a scary scene on Sunday after the car rocketed into the Turn 10 runoff area and nearly scaled the fence.
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Parente was uninjured in the crash, but with the extensive damage done to the British GT3 machine and the short window until the next race, rebuilding the crashed car will take more time than the Sonoma-based team has at its disposal.
“We have a backup car we’re prepping,” team principal Darren Law told RACER. “We just don’t have time to repair it with a week and a half between events. Which is a shame because the spare was slotted in for a customer program, but it’s what we need to do now to get Alvaro back out there.”
Shortly after the crash, the K-PAX team released a statement saying it was continuing to investigate the cause of the crash. A lingering issue following a crash by Parente on Saturday was found to be the root cause of Sunday’s problem.
“Alvaro lost his brakes,” Law continued. “It’s pretty obvious from anyone who saw the crash. Because of the incident the day before when he hit the wall, we overlooked something in the repairs. It wasn’t a manufacturer defect or an improper installment.”