• 16-JUL-2014

  • Irvine, Calif.

Kia Racing Heads North Of The Border To The Streets Of Toronto For Rounds Nine And Ten Of The Pirelli World Challenge

Coming off back-to-back triumphs at Road America in rounds seven and eight, the Kia Racing team is en route to Toronto to do battle north of the border in yet another Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) doubleheader weekend for rounds nine and ten of the 16-race season. Kia Racing drivers Nic Jönsson and Mark Wilkins are leading the Grand Touring Sport (GTS) pack, ranking first and second, respectively, separated by only one point. Meanwhile, Kia holds the top spot in the Manufacturer title chase, ahead of Ford, Porsche, Chevy, Nissan, and Aston Martin. Success comes at a price, however, as an extra 50 pounds of weight will be added to the Optimas for this weekend's races, along with other technical changes made by series officials.

Toronto, Ontario, native Wilkins, pilot of the No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. Optima turbo, expects his home race to be a thriller thanks to the challenging 1.755-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit that snakes through the downtown cityscape. Finishing fourth at Toronto in 2013 and having scored a race win and three podium finishes during the first half of 2014, Wilkins is excited to carry his current momentum back to Canadian soil.