K-PAX/3R Racing Porsches ready for World Challenge Series action at Mosport Park in Ontario Canada this weekend The K-PAX/3R Racing Team has championship on their minds as they prepare for Round 8 of SCCA Pro Racing's SPEED World Challenge GT ...
K-PAX/3R Racing Porsches ready for World Challenge Series action at Mosport Park in Ontario Canada this weekend
The K-PAX/3R Racing Team has championship on their minds as they prepare for Round 8 of SCCA Pro Racing's SPEED World Challenge GT Championship at Mosport Park in Ontario Canada and although there are three races remaining this race weekend is being looked at as a pivotal part of winning both the Manufacturer Championship and the driver's title.
Who does well here on the high speed Mosport circuit could hinge on the weather man as the K-PAX/3R Racing team is thinking that they will need a wet track to slow the Cadillac of Ontario native Ron Fellows and the Corvette of Eric Curran. Rain is predicted on and off for most of this weekend.
Cadillac leads the SPEED World Challenge GT Manufacturer Championship Presented by Racer magazine with 45 points while Porsche is presently tied with Chevrolet for 2nd with 41 points.
"I believe that the rain helps my chances in the K-PAX Porsche," said Randy Pobst driver of the #22 K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche GT3. "The Porsche is a great car in the rain and we ran very well in the semi-wet in Toronto, but I never pray for rain because it raises the risk (of the race) but if it does rain I think it will help my chances in the K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche."
"I'm not sure that anyone has anything for Fellows and Curran," said Bob Raub of 3R Racing. "If Ron Fellows wins here that will put us too many points behind to make that up in the remaining two races but we are going to give it our best shot this weekend.
"A lot will depend on qualifying because it is really difficult for Michael and Randy to pass these higher horsepower GT cars if they get behind them. That is one long straight back there and we just don't have the horsepower to hang with the Cadillacs and Corvettes there."
"We won't be giving it up in any case because I would really love to beat Ron Fellows twice in Canada," concluded Raub with a smile.
"We are behind Cadillac in the Manufacturer Championship right now but at this point I would say that we are still in it and we would all love to win the title for Porsche," agreed Pobst. "We need to have wins to for the Manufacturer Championship but for the drivers championship what we really need to do is maintain good consistent finishes and finish ahead of Andy (Pilgrim)."
Randy Pobst has an 18 point lead over Andy Pilgrim (215 to 197) and is 30 points up on defending GT drivers champ Lawson Aschenbach (215 to 185). Michael Galati driver of the #23 K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche GT3 is 11 points behind Aschenbach in 4th with 174.
"Yes winning a title for Porsche would be great but right now we need to focus on the driver's title and win that," said Raub. "That is what I am going to concentrate on this weekend and for the rest of the season."
"I am really pleased to be at the top of the standings for the driver's championship but that isn't all about me because it is a reflection of the team when you see a driver up on top because racing is such a team sport," said Pobst. "K-PAC/3R Racing has done such a great job putting me and Michael (Galati) and our Porsches so high in the standings. My strategy this weekend is to finish as well as I can and not have any big moments," concluded Randy Pobst.
Michael Galati, of Olmsted Ohio, returns to Mosport as the defending GT race champion having won here last Labor Day weekend in his K-PAX Volvo. Galati and his all-wheel-drive Volvo took like a duck to water on the rain drenched track as Michael almost lapped the field!
"That was a pretty good regatta wasn't it," said Michael Galati as he thought back to his convincing win driving the K-PAX Volvo S60 here at Mosport last year. "It does look like it is going to rain this weekend so we will see what happens.
"Mosport really a great track and it is my favorite Canadian track and one of my favorite tracks in North America. I just love racing here! I wouldn't miss it!"
Galati almost missed this weekend as he is nursing a very sore lower back and will be using a test session on Thursday to see how the back holds up.
"It is pretty sore," Galati said of his back. "I will have to see how I feel in the car."
Round 8 of SCCA's SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series at Mosport will begin with practice on Friday August 24th. The K-PAK/3R Racing Porsches will qualify on Saturday August 25th at 11:20 AM Eastern Time.
Round 8 of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series is set to begin on Saturday August 25th at 6:35 PM.