Pirelli World Challenge, SprintX, Round 4: Utah Motorsports Campus - Qualifying
Ben Barnicoat and K-PAX Racing team-mate Alvaro Parente will begin round four of the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX series from ninth place on the grid at a hot and sunny Utah Motorsport Campus circuit.
With the qualifying session only limited to a brief 15-minute spell, Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver Barnicoat handed responsibility of piloting the pair's McLaren 650 S GT3 machine to Parente who possesses greater experience of the 3.05-mile track.
As all drivers headed on to the circuit, with high ambient and track temperatures combined with the short session time, it became apparent that cars would only have a single flying lap to record their best lap time.
Following two warm-up laps, Parente’s opening flying lap was his fastest attempt, nursing his Pirelli P-Zero slick tyres to set a time of 1m 48.894s.
With all drivers also setting their best attempts, it resulted in Parente’s time being good enough for ninth place on the grid for Saturday’s opening race, nine tenths of a second behind the fastest time of the session.
Peter Kox will start from pole position after setting the quickest time of 1m 47.993s in the #93 Acura NSX GT3. The #31 Ferrari 488 GT3 machine of Daniel Mancinelli will start alongside on the front row.
|Utah Motorsports Campus (4.905km / 3.048 miles): Qualifying results (Race 1 grid)|
|Pos||Driver||Team||Car||Time / Gap|
|1||Kox / Wilkins||RealTime Racing||Acura NSX GT3||1m 47.993s|
|2||Schiro / Mancinelli||TR3 Racing||Ferrari 488 GT3||+0.039s|
|3||Long / Bergmeister||Wright Motorsports||Porsche 911 GT3 R||+0.083s|
|4||Eversley / Dyer||RealTime Racing||Acura NSX GT3||+0.290s|
|5||O’Connell / Taylor||Cadillac Racing||Cadillac ATS-V.R||+0.393s|
|6||Dalziel / Morad||CRP Racing||Mercedes-AMG GT3||+0.448s|
|7||Cooper / Taylor||Cadillac Racing||Cadillac ATS-V.R||+0.504s|
|8||Fong / Abril||Absolute Racing||Bentley Continental GT3||+0.720s|
|9||Parente / Barnicoat||K-PAX Racing||McLaren 650 S GT3||+0.900s|
|10||Sanchez / Montecalvo||AIM Autosport||Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3||+0.941s|
Practice 1: P4, 1m 49.250s, +0.480s. Practice 2: P7, 1m 49.355s, +0.659s. Qualifying (Race 1 grid): P9, 1m 48.894s, +0.900s.
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