K-PAX Racing with Flying Lizard Motorsports has decided to withdraw its pair of McLaren 650S GT3s from the Miller Motorsports Park rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships‘ GT category.
Due to the circuit’s high altitude of 4400 feet, the series officials had to alter the turbocharged cars’ Balance of Performance in order to keep them equal to their normally-aspirated counterparts.
The BoP regulations therefore call for the McLaren 650S GT3 to run a maximum turbo boost level unachievable in the way the car had been designed.
“I am a big fan of this series and have been racing here since 2007,” said K-PAX Racing Team Owner Jim Haughey. “We have won multiple championships in Pirelli World Challenge and it is a very unfortunate situation that we find ourselves in today.”
“McLaren GT have been concerned about the boost correction methods used in Pirelli World Challenge,” added Andrew Kirkaldy, Managing Director of McLaren GT. “This has been communicated to the series and we have asked for changes prior to Miller.
“When the Miller BoP was released, it was clear that we could not achieve the boost levels and we have been in almost daily contact with our technical staff and Pirelli World Challenge personnel to try and find a solution for K-PAX Racing with Flying Lizard Motorsports to race. Unfortunately despite our best efforts we could not find a solution that was acceptable to Pirelli World Challenge.”
In 2014, K-PAX Racing won the final round of the season, held at Miller Motorsports Park. This year, drivers Robert Thorne and Kevin Estre will be unable to repeat their team’s success.