This past Saturday Kia had reason to celebrate as it captured its first victory in the SCCA World Challenge GTS class. But the team had no reason to be complacent, and went on to sweep the weekend, capturing its second win in a row.
After Michael Galati claimed victory Saturday, he was involved with a startline crash that broke a spoke on a wheel. This caused the handling of Galati’s race car to deteriorate over the course of the race, but didn’t stop him from actually taking the lead on lap 22 from teammate Mark Wilkins.
The lead for Galati would be short lived however, as the handling of his Optima continue to fade, Wilkins reclaimed the lead on lap 25 and was able to fend off Jack Baldwin’s Porsche Cayman S for the rest of the race. Despite finishing fifth, Galati set a new GTS track record with a time of 1:25.858.
Undoubtedly it was a very impressive race weekend for the Kia Racing team, and we have to ask – is this the start of an impressive Kia motorsports program?