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Parente OK After Massive Race-Ending Crash

Alvaro Parente escapes serious injury in heavy accident in closing stages of GT Race 2…

Alvaro Parente has escaped serious injury following a massive accident in the closing stages of Sunday’s second round of the Pirelli World Challenge GT season in St. Pete.

The former series champion made heavy contact with barriers in the Turn 10 runoff area after a suspected failure to his K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3 on the high-speed back-straight.

Parente climbed from the car, which landed on top of a pile of tire barriers, under his own power and was evaluated and released from the trackside medical center.

It’s understood the Portuguese driver was complaining of some pain in his ribs, but was otherwise fine.

The accident, with 12 minutes remaining, brought an early end to the the race, which was won by the No. 96 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Scott Hargrove, who swept the weekend in his PWC debut.

Substantial front-end chassis damage was sustained to the Bentley, meanwhile.

The team released the following statement:


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  1. daedalus

    March 11, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    glad he is ok, that was the mother and father of all accidents. Will be tough to repair any chassis damage in two weeks in time for COTA.

    • cbbrit

      March 12, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Luckily they have a third chassis back at the shop at Sears Point.

  2. Mike S

    March 11, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Man what is with KPax brake failures. Figge had one in the Volvo going into 1 at Long Beach after long Shoreline run many years back. Unsettling at best.

  3. Haskellb

    March 12, 2018 at 9:52 am

    They say go big or go home. He got to do both.

  4. max steele

    March 12, 2018 at 10:05 am

    agree with first comment. Glad he is fine, and I know that I will see him at COTA, plan to shake his hand as he comes to me in the pit

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