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Sunday’s season finale GT race just got tighter, in the Pirelli World Challenge Championships Presented by Nissan at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Going into today’s race, points leader Alvaro Parente/No.9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3 led by nine points ahead of Patrick Long/No.58 Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3R.

Now, the margin has been reduced to just two points, 1547 to 1545. And the two Cadillacs of Pole Sitter Johnny O’Connell/No.3 and Michael Cooper/No.6 sit at 1451, still mathematically in the hunt.

What happened?

Here’s the official world from the Series:

“After a complete review of the Pirelli World Challenge point standings in all eight classes, the GT drivers’ points have been adjusted entering Round 20 today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

There has been a correction with the points with current leader Alvaro Parente of the K-PAX Racing McLaren team.

Parente was incorrectly awarded the pole position points (7) in the second Lime Rock GT event as Andrew Palmer captured the pole off the first Lime Rock GT race and should have received the pole points.

Due to a Saturday morning warm-up crash, Palmer was unable to start the second Lime Rock event and Parente began the race from the pole position.

With those pole positions now being corrected, Parente enters Sunday’s GT season finale with a two-point lead on Patrick Long (1547-1545).

The GT manufacturers points are tied at 130 with McLaren and Porsche entering Sunday’s GT race, while the GT Team points have been adjusted to K-PAX Racing at 1659 to Cadillac Racing at 1641.

The SCCA and PWC made a complete review of all class points Saturday evening to establish the proper point standings entering all four races Sunday at MRLS.”

Sunday’s fifty-minute GT-GTA-GT Cup sprint race starts at 1:05pm local/PDT. It will be airing live on, and can be followed for live timing and scoring on The CBS Sports Network TV broadcast will air 16 October 2016 at 3pm ET.

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