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5th and 7th Place Finish At Mosport World Challenge Race

Published on May 22, 2011 by Volvospeed

Bowmanville, Ontario, CANADA (May 22, 2011) – K-PAX Racing’s Aaron Povoledo’s charge to the front of the Touring Car field was cut short when a multi-car accident late in the race led to a caution period that covered the conclusion of Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge race at the Pirelli Grand Prix of Mosport Victoria Day SpeedFest Presented by Optima Batteries. He finished fifth.

After a dramatic run to the pole during the morning qualifying session, Aaron was penalized with a stop and go penalty on lap three for moving before the start. The penalty put him a lap down, but the Toronto, Ont. racer soon gained the lap back and was picking up positions in the number 88 K-PAX Racing Volvo C30 when the caution flag came out.

C30 Volvo Race VW being passed
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Lawson Aschenbach won his second race at Mosport in as many days in a Honda Civic. Anthony Rapone and Bret Sandberg finished second and third, both in Honda Civics.

“Today was hard. I fudged on the start line, which is not allowed. I took off, lost the lead going into (turn) one and got it back coming into (turn) eight. I held them off on the next lap, and then was told to pit now for a stop and go penalty. Realistically, I don’t think it cost us a win. We didn’t have a car to fight those Hondas with but I would have really enjoyed making their life difficult for a while and I really think the team deserved a podium. I’m very sorry to everybody at K-PAX Racing that I made that little mistake,” Aaron said.

Aaron’s teammate Robb Holland of Denver, Colo. finished seventh in Touring Car in the number 66 K-PAX Volvo C30. Robb qualified fifth, but had to begin the race from pit lane because the engine would not fire when the cars were being gridded. Pirelli World Challenge rules stipulate that if a car cannot fire when it’s time to set the grid, that car must start the race from pit lane.

Volvo and porsche at Mosport World Challenge Race
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“When you start from pit lane you start after the entire field has passed, and they won’t let you do a warm up lap, so you’re starting on cold tires. So for the first three or four corners you’re just trying to figure out grip, but I was able to get through a couple of guys and work my way up and then there was oil down in turn eight, which took out a whole bunch of guys. So it was nice to bring home the car in one piece. We should have started fifth, we ended up seventh so it’s not a terrible day, but in the end we would have liked to move up some more,” Robb said.

In GT, Alex Figge of Denver, Colo. finished 12th in class in the number 9 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60. After running in 10th position for much of the race, a transmission issue cropped up on lap 23, which forced him to retire early.

Despite the problem, Alex felt good about the progress he made this weekend.

S60R And Honda Civic
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“This morning (during qualifying), I actually didn’t get my fast lap in. I made a mistake on the lap as I came across the line and then I sort of ran out of time, but on the computer we have a really good lap in there. We had, like a P3, P4 lap and so I feel good about the pace,” Alex said.

Polesitter Mike Skeen won his second race of the weekend in a Chevrolet Corvette. Patrick Long was second in a Porsche 911 GT3 and Johnny O’Connell was third in a Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.

Randy Pobst is 13th in the GT Drivers’ standings with 248 points and Alex Figge is 17th with 114. James Sofronas leads with 626.

Volvo Racing C30
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Aaron sits second in the Touring Car standings with 599 points and Robb is in fourth with 462. Lawson Aschenbach leads with 771.

Porsche leads the GT Manufacturers’ standings with 45 points. Cadillac is second with 18 and Volvo is in third place with 3.

Honda leads the Touring Car Manufacturers’ standings with 49 points. Volkswagen is second with 31 and Volvo is in third place with 27.

K-PAX Racing will be back in action at Mid-Ohio Sports Course, August 5-7.

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