MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2016) – Fresh off the back of a second-place finish at Sonoma Raceway, Andrew Kim (South Korea) scored his second Pirelli World Challenge podium finish in-a-row. In his North American debut, Fabian Hamprecht (Germany) had an unfortunate spin and early end to his run at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course in Northern California was new to both Kim and Hamprecht, but both had the powerful 4.0L twin-turbo V8–powered Bentley Continental GT3 at their disposal. Both drivers showed solid improvement throughout practice and qualifying. Kim started P6 on the GTA grid, while Hamprecht started 17th in GT.
Both drivers made strong starts in the 50-minute race. Kim moved up to second and Hamprecht into 14th on the first lap.
At the halfway point, Hamprecht spun in Turn Four and was unable to resume.
Kim held strong through several full-course cautions. The final full-course yellow created a one-lap dash to the finish with Kim in fourth. He expertly navigated a spinning competitor in Turn Seven to pick up the final GTA podium spot at the finish.
At the conclusion of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season, Bentley Team Absolute has collected eight class-podium finishes and ended up fifth in the GT Team Championship.
The World Challenge final from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will air on CBS Sports Network, Sunday, October 16, at 3pm ET.
“I came here with higher expectations than what we got. The team did a really great job preparing the car in this super competitive field. This is a really nice track and it was fun to drive the Bentley Continental GT3 here. It was a good time except for right at the end.”
“It was quite tough. We had three safety car periods and I think I cooked my tires after the first one. I struggled a bit, but kept on pushing to the end and I got a podium. A Porsche spun right in front of me at the end that I was able to avoid and take third place.”