Alvaro Parente took his second win of the weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Round 7 of the 2017 Pirelli Word Challenge GT Championship. Taking the checkered flag 6.628 seconds ahead of second place, Parente drove his No. 9 McLaren 650S GT3 from third on the grid to claim the fourth win of the season for K-PAX Racing.
Despite a short time out front, Patrick Long’s Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R was passed without hesitation by Parente. Long held his position to hold onto second ahead of Alec Udell.
Where Long may have had an unexciting race, Udell experienced anything but. After just five laps, Udell jumped up to fifth place after starting 10th. His GMG Racing Porsche benefited from a messy start with more than a couple of competitors finding trouble in the opening laps.
The race started with drama as Bryan Sellers spun his McLaren from the second position before the green flag. The incident allowed Parente to start from second, who was given a two-place penalty from pole position due to an issue with yesterday’s race start. Sellers started from the rear, but quickly found himself passing cars including Johnny O’Connell. O’Connell’s No. 3 Cadillac spun in Turn 2 after contact with Udell.
The battle for the GT Am lead sustained excitement throughout the 50-minute sprint. James Sofronas held off Michael Schein in another battle among Porsches. The entire Top 5 in GT Am were nose to tail throughout the duration of the race. Schein was chased by the two AMG GT3’s of Tim Pappas and Pablo Perez Companc.
The Pirelli World Challenge heads to Utah Motorsports August 11 – 13 for Rounds 7 and 8 of the SprintX championship. The GT, GTA and GT Cup fields will be headlining the event with Rounds 13 and 14 of the GTS class and Rounds 7 and 8 for the TC classes also joining the fun.