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Baptista Joins K-PAX Bentley Effort for 2018

Rodrigo Baptista to step up to PWC GTA competition in K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3…

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Rodrigo Baptista will step up to GT3 competition next year, having been confirmed in K-PAX Racing’s lineup for its Pirelli World Challenge return.

The 21-year-old Brazilian moves over from Flying Lizard Motorsports’ GTS operation, where he claimed four victories in his rookie season this year, to make a run for the GTA championship in a K-PAX Bentley Continental GT3.

Baptista joins 2016 PWC GT champion Alvaro Parente, who was confirmed on Tuesday to return to the California-based team, despite its switch from McLaren to Bentley for next year.

“[The GTA class is] a new challenge for me,” Baptista said. “The field is full of great drivers and manufacturers, and I will do my best to perform the way I want it to go.

“There will be a lot of learning with the team, the car and the series on the GT3 side. Now with some knowledge of the tracks from this year in GTS, I look forward to trying to clinch the GTA class title in 2018 and will fight for it.”

K-PAX Program Manager Darren Law added: “Rodrigo is still young but after working with him all last year, I see a lot of the same qualities [as Parente].

“He has been a quick study and progressed extremely well last season. He has an honest shot at a championship and he couldn’t have a better mentor to work alongside than Álvaro.”

Baptista is not a complete stranger to GT3 machinery, having competed in selected Blancpain GT Series races in 2016 in a WRT Audi R8 LMS. 

“I am very excited with this great opportunity,” he said. “Driving for K-PAX Racing, a team with a long history of success, will be a big responsibility for me, but I am ready to do it. I can’t wait until the very first tests to join with the team.

“It will be a pleasure to be Álvaro’s teammate, and I look forward to learning from an experienced and quick driver like him.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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