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Third Place Finish For KPAX C30 At Mosport

Published on May 19, 2011 by Volvospeed

Bowmanville, Ontario, CANADA (May 21, 2011) – K-PAX Racing’s Aaron Povoledo secured his second straight podium result by finishing third in Touring Car in Saturday’s Pirelli World Challenge race at the Pirelli Grand Prix of Mosport Victoria Day SpeedFest Presented by Optima Batteries. Under sunny skies and warm conditions, the Toronto, Ont. native started on the pole in the number 88 K-PAX Racing Volvo C30 and led for most of the race, before being passed by the Honda Civic of Lawson Aschenbach going through turn 10 on lap 22. Aaron held second position until the final lap when he was passed by Anthony Rapone’s Honda Civic and finished third. “Racing with Lawson is always good. He’s a good, hard, fair, clean driver. His pass for the lead going into (turn) 10 was fair play. He had a lot more car and I was doing my best to keep it on the road at that point. He really just motored on by and I knew it was coming. When we went back to green, the rate at which he scooted right up and started coming for it, I was like ‘he pulled the trigger’. He’s been hanging back enjoying the show and now it’s his time to go and he just checked out. I think the Hondas finally showed us what they really have,” Aaron said.

Volvo Race C30 Against Honda Mosport

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Aaron’s teammate Robb Holland of Denver, Colo. finished sixth in Touring in the number 66 K-PAX Volvo C30.“I think we’ve discovered a few things in the car setup-wise, so I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. I think that if we can nail qualifying and get the handling right, I think we can qualify in the top five or top three and have a good run,” Robb said.In GT, Alex Figge of Denver, Colo. brought the number 9 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 home in the 10th position, in what was a day of firsts for the Denver, Colo. driver. Saturday was Figge’s first Pirelli World Challenge race and it was also the first contest for the K-PAX Volvo S60.

Volvo Chased By Viper Dodge

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“It felt okay. It’s certainly a short race for me compared to what I’m used to. Obviously, I’m trying to be a little cautious. It’s hard to learn if you do something wrong and don’t get the laps. It looks like now maybe it’ll be wet tomorrow, but if it’s dry I’ll need to focus a little more on qualifying and trying to get up a little bit (further), because it seems to me that where you are the first lap is very likely where you might end up,” Alex said. Polesitter Mike Skeen captured his first win of the season in a Chevrolet Corvette. Johnny O’Connell was second in Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and Jason Daskalos was third in a Dodge Viper.Randy Pobst is 13th in the GT Drivers’ standings with 248 points and Alex Figge is 21st with 60. James Sofronas leads with 551.

Volvo Race Cars At Mosport

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Aaron sits second in the Touring Car standings with 489 points and Robb is in fifth with 387. Lawson Aschenbach leads with 604.

Bowmanville, Ontario, CANADA (May 22, 2011) – K-PAX Racing’s Aaron Povoledo added a little drama to Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car qualifying session on Sunday morning at Mosport.

Driving the number 88 K-PAX Racing Volvo C30, the Toronto, Ont. native captured his second pole position of the weekend on his final lap of the session with a time of 1:32.150 (96.095), and will start from the point for Sunday’s race for the Pirelli Grand Prix of Mosport Victoria Day SpeedFest Presented by Optima Batteries. The margin was extremely narrow, however. Point leader Lawson Aschenbach qualified second, 0.05 seconds back with a quick lap of 1:32.200 (96.013).

“That was stressful. We’ve made a lot of changes, trying to get this car faster and faster. In our constant battle to make this car quicker, we got to the point where the car was extremely loose. You don’t necessarily want to be super loose at a track this fast and bumpy. It was very, very demanding to get a car that loose to be stable enough to get it done and at the same time, just carry enough speed everywhere,” Aaron said afterwards.

Aaron’s teammate Robb Holland of Denver, Colo. will start fifth on the Touring Car grid after posting a best time of 1:32.878 (95.312) in the number 66 K-PAX Volvo C30.

“My car’s been really nervous all weekend long and this track is not the track you want a nervous car at, but the changes we made are definitely helping to calm the car down. We still got a little ways to go, but we’re going to leave it as is for the race because I think we’re less than a tenth off fourth place,” Robb said

In GT, Alex Figge of Denver, Colo. will start from the 7th position on the grid for his second Pirelli World Challenge race after putting in a quick lap of 1:20.456 (110.028) in the number 9 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60.

“I’m just learning every day. The car’s so unique and there’s still a lot to figure out. The other thing is, I’m able to communicate more to Will (Moody, engineer). It’s very hard for him to do his job when I’m not sure what the car’s supposed to be doing. So the more I can give him, the more we can improve it,” Alex said.

Mike Skeen captured the overall pole in a Chevrolet Corvette with a time of 1:19.474 (111.387).

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