Alvaro Parente entered the weekend with a nine-point lead over Patrick Long in pursuit of his first Pirelli World Challenge championship.
It turns out that nine-point lead was actually an incorrect margin. Parente was incorrectly awarded seven bonus points for pole in Race 2 at Lime Rock Park, pole points which should have gone to Andrew Palmer.
A release from the series explaining the mistake and the subsequent correction – announced less than two hours before the season finale – is below.
After a complete review of the Pirelli World Challenge point standings in all eight classes, the GT drivers’ points have been adjusted entering Round 20 today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
There has been a correction with the points with current leader Alvaro Parente of the K-PAX Racing McLaren team.
Parente was incorrectly awarded the pole position points (7) in the second Lime Rock GT event as Andrew Palmer captured the pole off the first Lime Rock GT race and should have received the pole points.
Due to a Saturday morning warm-up crash, Palmer was unable to start the second Lime Rock event and Parente began the race from the pole position.
With those pole positions now being corrected, Parente enters Sunday’s GT season finale with a two-point lead on Patrick Long (1547-1545).
The GT manufacturers points are tied at 130 with McLaren and Porsche entering Sunday’s GT race, while the GT Team points have been adjusted to K-PAX Racing at 1659 to Cadillac Racing at 1641.
The SCCA and PWC made a complete review of all class points Saturday evening to establish the proper point standings entering all four races Sunday at MRLS.