Andrea Caldarelli, at the wheel of the #3 K-PAX Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 he shares with Jordan Pepper, took pole for Race One at Sonoma Raceway on the opening weekend of the 2021 Fanatec GT Word Challenge America Powered by AWS. Caldarelli lapped the 4.056 kms 12-turn California circuit in 1:36.186, .691 seconds quicker than Corey Lewis in the sister #6 entry.
Completing the top three for the Race One was the #33 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Russell Ward who lapped in 1:38.542.
Taking class pole in Pro-Am category was the #77 Compass Racing Acura NSX GT3 driven by Rodrigo Sales who put in a 1:38.897, .543 seconds quicker than George Kurtz in the #04 DXDT Racing Mercedes.
Andrea Caldarelli was delighted to take pole position for the opening race of the GT World Challenge America season.
“The team did a great job,” said the Italian driver.” The car was mega. On the first lap I thought we were going slower because the first sector was still muddy from last night’s rain but the car was great. I felt a lot of grip and the lap just came through.”
K-PAX Racing Team Principal Darren Law recognised the importance of pole position at the team’s local track.
“It’s really critical for us’” said Darren Law. “Mega job by the drivers with pole for both races, and the team as well with the new car for us this year but (pole) is critical here as there’s not a lot of places to pass and you’ve got to have good position in qualifying.”
In the second qualifying session, Jordan Pepper in the #3 Lamborghini took the second pole of the day for K-PAX Racing, lapping .3838 second quicker than Colin Braun in the #04 DXDT Racing Mercedes. Third quickest was the #6 K-PAX entry in which Giovanni Venturini lapped in 1:36.499.
There was drama for Erin Vogel in the #19 DXDT Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 in the first session. Vogel had to return to the pits with damage to the rear but quick work by the pit crew got the #19 car back out for the second qualifying session
Corey Lewis in the #6 K-PAX Racing Lamborghini set the early pace in the first session with a 1:36.877 before 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe champion Andrea Caldarelii went over half a second quicker with a 1:36.186 in the sister #3 entry.
In the second session, Dakota Dickerson in the #93 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura topped the time sheets in the second session after two laps with a 1:36.973 before Colin Braun in the #04 DXDT Mercedes put in a 1:36.409.
Jordan Pepper was behind the wheel of the #3 Lamborghini and set a purple sector time at start of his second lap as he went on to take provisional pole with a 1:36.026.
A spin for Jan Heylan in the #20 Wright Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R followed a 1:36.578 to put the Pro-Am entry fourth on the overall grid for Race Two.
The majority of the 140-car grid had returned to the pits as the session entered the final two minutes.
The lights go out for Race One at 14:15 local time (22:15 GMT) on Saturday March 6.