K-PAX Racing teammates Alvaro Parente and Andy Soucek piloted their Bentley Continental GT3 to victory in Sunday’s Blancpain GT World Challenge Round 6 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Canadians Martin Barkey and Kyle Marcelli won in the Pro/Am class.
Pro division pole sitter Parente, in the No. 9 Bentley Continental GT3, led the pack to the line, with Toni Vilander, co-winner of Saturday’s Round 5 race in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 alongside.
Pro/Am polewinner Dennis Olsen (No. 91 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R) started third overall with Ryan Dalziel (No. 63 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3) fifth overall and second in class.
The Japanese team of Naoto Takeda and Takuya Shirasaka (No. 96 Turner Motorsports BMW F13 M6 GT3) led the Am division.
At the end of the first lap Parente held a .572-second lead over Vilander, with Olsen in third, Maxime Soulet in the second K-PAX Racing Bentley in fourth and Dalziel fifth, and there was no change in the order all the way to lap 30 when the pit window opened.
The first to enter the pits was Soulet who handed over to teammate Rodrigo Baptista. The leaders came in on lap 36, with Soucek taking over for Parente and Molina for Vilander.
When the pit window closed on lap 38, the order was Soucek in the No. 9 Bentley out front; Molina’s Ferrari in pursuit; and Baptista in the No. 3 Bentley third.
Olsen’s teammate Anthony Imperato maintained the lead of the Pro/Am division.
By lap 47, Soucek had pushed his lead over Molina to 7.5 seconds, with Baptista still in third and Pro/Am leader Imperato fourth overall. On lap 50, though, Imperato peeled off into the pits with a mechanical issue, putting Barkey into the Pro/Am lead, seventh overall in the race. Imperato exited the pits back 10th overall and third in class.
At the checkered, Soucek crossed the line first to claim the second race win of the season for the team which had also won Round 3 at VIR. Molina and Baptista finished second and third respectively.
In Pro/Am, Barkey/Marcelli finished eighth overall and took class honors in the Racers Edge Motorsports Acura, with Askew/Dalziel second and Imperato/Olsen third.
Takeda/Shirasaka’s BMW won the Am class.
“Looking at the results from the weekend — second yesterday, first today — we are really happy with that and got great points,” said co-winner Alvaro Parente. “Really good race weekend with good points; we both drove well, and the team did perfect.”
“Perfect race today. Good start from the beginning, a lot of pressure from Toni [Vilander],” added Parente’s teammate, Andy Soucek. “I think [the Ferrari] started on new tires; we started on used which was the difference for the opening laps, but Alvaro kept Toni behind which was key for the pit. We know K-PAX does a very good job on the pit stops; we also did a good job on the driver change, so we were spot on, I think.
“The car felt really good, and I want to thank K-PAX for another great car. Every time we come to the U.S., the car is just phenomenal, and Alvaro did a mega job yesterday in qualifying. We are a good driver pairing. I just hope we can keep winning the races and be on the podium to get the points, and be right up there at the end of the championship.”
Blancpain GT World Challenge America competitors head to Sonoma Raceway in California June 7-9 for Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2019 Championship. Watch the CBS Sports Network tape-delayed coverage of races from CTMP at 2:00pm EDT this afternoon or in an encore presentation on May 22 at 8:00 pm EDT.