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K-PAX, Flying Lizard Complete New Car Rollouts

K-PAX, Flying Lizard complete new car rollouts ahead of Pirelli World Challenge season-opener…

Photo: K-PAX Racing

K-PAX Racing and Flying Lizard Motorsports have both completed new car rollouts ahead of next month’s Pirelli World Challenge season-opener in St. Petersburg.

The pair of California-based teams took to Sonoma Raceway on Tuesday to shake down its first Bentley Continental GT3 and Audi R8 LMS GT4 machines, which will compete in the GT and GTS categories, respectively.

Full-season K-PAX drivers Alvaro Parente and Rodrigo Baptista were at the wheel of the current-generation Bentley, which will part of a minimum two-car effort for the former series champions.

The team took delivery of three cars late last year, in what Bentley Motorsport director Brian Gush described as chassis with “varying ages.”

“They’re a proven team and have a great track record,” Gush told Sportscar365. “Darren [Law] runs a really good team; I’m impressed with the work they’ve done so far on the cars.”

Parente and Baptista will be joined by Bentley factory drivers Andy Soucek and Maxime Soulet for the SprintX weekends, with program manager Darren Law working on a potential third entry for the season.

Photo: Flying Lizard Motorsports

First Run for Flying Lizard Audi

Flying Lizard’s first Audi GT4, meanwhile, also completed a shakedown on Wednesday, as the team ramps up for a two-car effort with the new GTS class contender.

Mike Hedlund and Adam Merzon have been confirmed as full-season drivers, with Ryan Eversley set to join Merzon for the SprintX events, which are new to the category this year.

The team had campaigned Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MRs last year with Baptista and Nate Stacy.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. cbbrit

    February 15, 2018 at 10:45 am

    John, do you know if these are the ex-Absolute Racing Bentleys from the last two years?

  2. VP of BOP

    February 15, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    GT4 Audi looks like a tuner special at SEMA, and street car badging? yawn…

    • Slicks in the wet

      February 18, 2018 at 2:15 am

      lol….odd thing to whine about

  3. Mike S

    February 15, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Yeah because it’s GT4 and don’t have all the aero and additional mods like a GT3. More affordable but yeah it’s not going to look like a GT3

  4. GT3 Racer

    February 15, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Bentley in all black looks vicious…

  5. DEJ

    February 18, 2018 at 10:15 am

    What happened to the Mclarans ?(sp)

    • jaysfan

      February 20, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      I think John may be able to answer tht question.

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