• 29-APR-2014

  • SOURCE: Kia Motors America

Kia Racing Scores Win and Second Place Finish in Rounds Three and Four on the Pirelli World Challenge at Barber Motorsports Park

Kia Racing's Mark Wilkins pilots the No. 38 to victory at Barber Motorsports Park
Kia Racing scored back-to-back podium finishes – including its second win of the 2014 season – in rounds three and four of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. Mark Wilkins piloted the No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. Optima turbo to victory on Saturday in round three and currently leads the Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Driver Championship points. Teammate Nic Jönsson, in the No. 36 DonorsChoose.org Optima turbo, followed that performance on Sunday with a second-place finish in round four, moving him into second place in the driver standings behind Wilkins. The team's outstanding results at Barber moves Kia into first place in the Manufacturer Championship standings ahead of Porsche, Ford and Chevy.

"We had a podium-finishing car all day, but at the restart late in the race an opportunity opened up for me to make a move for the lead, so I took it and didn't look back," said Wilkins, who recorded his first victory of the 2014 PWC campaign. "It's a great win for Kia as Barber Motorsports Park really represents the Optima's home track since the cars are actually built at Kia's U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, just a short distance away."