BOWMANVILLE, ONT. - In the most recent round of the Pirelli World Challenge Series Aaron Povoledo came away the winner driving the No. 88 K-PAX Racing Volvo C30 at Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park.
It was Povoledo’s first win in the sports car series.
“I was crying in my helmet,” he said. “I could cry right now it means that much. This is a series I’ve been working to get into for many years.”
But all that got the 32-year-old native of Chatham, Ont., was 50 extra pounds added to the K-PAX Volvo and a smaller air intake for Saturday and Sunday’s Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend race at Mosport International Raceway.
“I spent two hours at Miller trying to pass the No. 33 VW Jetta,” Povoledo said Thursday after a test run on Mosport’s 4 kilometre, 10-turn road course. “And then after the race we were told we would be given added weight for Mosport.”
Series officials say it was an adjustment that needed to be made to level the playing field between the powerhouse K-PAX Volvos and the VWs and Hondas.
“What it has done, however, is given the Volkswagens in particular a huge horsepower advantage,” Povoledo said.
He isn’t going to complain too loudly, though, as he said he knows how fortunate he is to have the backing of a strong team like K-PAX that enjoys factory support from Volvo.
“World Challenge racing is so competitive this season,” Povoledo said. “And I am so lucky to have been picked up by K-PAX.”
He said for a Canadian racer at any level it has been a tough grind over much of the past seven seasons since the federal government pulled tobacco sports sponsorships.
“Imperial Tobacco was a huge backer of auto racing in Canada with its Players program,” Povoledo said. “And when that was legislated out of the sport it left a huge void. So having a team that is well funded is such a big deal these days.”
The World Challenge Series is running a double header at Mosport with races on Saturday and Sunday.