Once again the K-PAX Racing team finds themselves in strong position after qualifying for the final round of the Pirelli World Challenge championship at Road Atlanta. With the Volvo C30’s of Aaron Povoledo and Robb Holland qualifying in first and fourth respectively in Touring Car and the Volvo S60’s of Randy Pobst and Alex Figge in sixth and ninth in GT, K-PAX Racing is looking for a strong finish to the season.
Going into the final qualifying session of the season both Povoledo and Lawson Aschenbach, who has already clinched the championship, were tied with 5 poles apiece. For Povoledo that just wouldn’t do. Showing the blazing speed that he has all season Povoledo put in another fantastic performance to snatch pole by over half a second over his next closest competitor.
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“I have been waiting for an opportunity like this my whole career. To be with the best teams in the series and to be able to have such a great car underneath me, just gives me the confidence to push 110%. I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow to close this season out on a high note.”
Holland turned a strong performance of his own qualifying in 4th just barely 0.2 off of the pace of the APR Volkswagens. However as Holland has shown all season, qualifying off of the front row is not an issue, as his strong starts have usually seen him leading the field into turn 1, at feat that he hopes to replicate in tomorrow race.
“My C30 was fantastic today but I made a couple of small mistakes that cost me but I’m really optimistic about the race tomorrow as the two APR drivers have never done a World Challenge standing start. I’m hoping to show them exactly how it’s done.”
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In GT, Randy Pobst was hoping to put in one of his last lap miracle drives for pole but it was not to be today. With Cadillacs and Corvettes occupying the top five positions, Pobst can take some consolation that his Volvo S60 is the fastest of the non GM cars at Road Atlanta.
“While our 2.5 liter turbo motor is strong it is no match for the 6.0 liter V8’s of the Caddys and Corvettes down the long back straightaway. We can make up some of that time in the corners but there’s just not enough of them here. As always though the AWD launch that my car gets should allow us to move up a few spots at the start and get us in the fight for a podium.”
Pobst’s teammate Figge put in an stellar drive to qualify his S60 in ninth after electrical problems throughout the week kept him from turning more than a few laps heading into qualifying.
“The car was strong but we were off on the set up as these laps in qualifying were really the first laps I’ve had here at speed all week. We know what adjustments we have to make and I know I’ll have a much better car for the race tomorrow.”