K-PAX Racing will enter the Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the second straight season, with Alvaro Parente, Rodrigo Baptista and former team driver Bryan Sellers sharing the Bentley Continental GT3.
In last year’s inaugural ICGT event at Laguna Seca, K-PAX Racing finished third and was one of just three cars to finish the race on the lead lap. Now racing with Bentley, K-PAX manager Darren Law said the team is poised to “give the first-generation Continental GT3 a good send-off by repeating a podium finish” in the event, set for October 26-28.
“Laguna Seca is such a storied track with a lot of history, and we have had a lot of success there in the past,” Law said. “This track is local to our team, and we have good data here. Having previously competed in both ICGT events at the Sepang 12 Hours and also last season in this eight-hour event, we understand the challenges and look forward to competing with other teams from around the world.”
The driver pairings are both new and familiar for this season’s line-up. In 2018, Parente and Baptista have competed alongside each other in both the SprintX and Sprint GT class. And Sellers and Parente competed as K-PAX Racing teammates in 2017 and drove together in the team’s first California 8 Hours.
“It will be great to have Bryan Sellers back with the team,” Law said. “He and Alvaro were a part of the driver line-up last year that helped get us to the podium. He is a great driver and so experienced in endurance racing. He knows everyone on the team already, so it is a perfect fit for our program.
“Although he has not driven the Bentley Continental GT3 in competition yet, I don’t have any worries about him getting used to the car. We will run a test program for him prior to the race so that he is up to speed and comfortable with how these cars behave.”
Sellers, who regularly competes against Parente in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IMSA), looks forward to not only reuniting with Parente, but joining Baptista in his second consecutive endurance race with K-PAX Racing.
“For me, getting to drive in a new GT3 car is super exciting,” Sellers said. “The Continental GT3 is a beautiful race car and it’s proven very successful over the course of its lifespan. To my understanding, it’s a bit of a different car to drive and it takes some getting used to, but luckily for me I have two really great teammates who have figured out the car and I’m certain they will be willing to offer me some help whenever I need it.”
“I really enjoyed being teammates with Alvaro [last season]. I’m looking forward to getting back with him this year.”
Baptista’s endurance racing résumé includes a 2016 runner-up finish in the Porsche GT3 Endurance Cup in Brazil while also competing in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.
“This will be my first time with Alvaro in the same car, and I am sure we will perform and deliver really good results,” Baptista said. “As for Bryan, I know him from last year when he was driving for K-PAX Racing and seeing his results from this year – leading the GTD class in IMSA – I think we will be one of the strongest trios of the grid.”