K-PAX Racing Volvos Finish First and Third in First Race at VIR Alton, VA (September 11, 2010) - Randy Pobst took advantage of his pole position start, built a large lead in the number 6 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 and took the victory in the first...
K-PAX Racing Volvos Finish First and Third in First Race at VIR
Alton, VA (September 11, 2010) - Randy Pobst took advantage of his pole position start, built a large lead in the number 6 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 and took the victory in the first of two races at the Race Keeper World Challenge VIR Grand Prix presented by MTM Special Ops Watch at Virginia International Raceway. James Sofronas finished second in a Porsche 911 GT3 and Randy's team mate Andy Pilgrim put the number 8 Volvo S60 on the podium with a third place result.
Randy started from the pole position in the number 6 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60, and led all 22 laps. At one point late in the race, his lead grew to 14 seconds over second place. The final margin of was 6.882 seconds over Sofronas.
"The K-PAX Volvo came off the line like a rocket, the start work beautifully. I think I had smoke pouring off all four tires!" an excited and happy Randy said.
Traffic was a big factor in the race, one that worked to Randy's advantage. "It's really a great break if you can catch [slower cars] before the corners. I got that break several times. I happened to catch the slow car before the corners and then Kuno (Wittmer) would be stuck behind him. We gained room on the Viper and got a little bit of a lead," he explained.
Randy also credited the K-PAX Volvo's all-wheel drive, which helped him maintain the lead once it began to rain intermittently during the race.
Randy's teammate Andy Pilgrim began the race from the number four position on the grid, and moved up to third on the first lap and was running second by lap 15. Sofronas passed Andy on the inside of turn two on lap 18, and the two finished in the same order.
"I got a good start. There was a lot of action on the start, Sofronas didn't get a good start, Kuno got a better one. Kuno went off (at the end of the straightaway) and I ended up in second," Andy said.
"I got absolutely hammered in traffic. All the distance between me and James disappeared and he was rubbing on me going into the last turn. I opted to go to the outside in turn one because it was still kind of damp, and it was just a bad choice," he explained.
In addition to the win, Randy also collected the MTM Special Ops Watch Move of the Race for splitting two cars (number 43 and 40) going into turn one midway through the event.
Randy's lead in driver's championship is 181 over Kuno Wittmer who is in second place and 10 points ahead of Sofronas. Andy is in fourth, 275 points back.
Volvo's lead in the manufacturer's championship standings is 6 points over Porsche.
-source: k-pax racing