• 06-AUG-2013

  • IRVINE, Calif.

Kia Racing's Mark Wilkins Victorious in Round 11 of the Pirelli World Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Kia Racing remained in the hunt for the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) championship this past weekend, taking to the track at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Rounds 11 and 12 of the series. Amid a field of Mustangs, Camaros, Porsches and Aston Martins, Kia Racing's Mark Wilkins, pilot of the No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. Optima turbo, took the win in Round 11, his second victory of the season and his sixth podium this year. Taking advantage of Mid-Ohio's fast, open circuit and cool ambient temperatures, both of which suit the Optima turbo's power and aerodynamic shape, Wilkins and Kia closed in on the lead for the GTS Driver and Manufacturer championship point standings this weekend after scoring the win Saturday and a fourth-place finish on Sunday -- Wilkins' tenth-straight top-five result dating back to the Long Beach, Calif., race in April. The PWC title fight moves to Sonoma Raceway for Round 13 on August 25.