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Alex Figge, of Denver, Colo., picked up his second career Pirelli World Challenge Championships victory and Andy Lee, of Colorado Springs, Colo., capped his rookie World Challenge season with a fourth GTS victory in Saturday's season-ending Cadillac Sonoma Grand Prix.
Figge started the No. 9 K-Pax Racing Volvo S60 from the pole position and led every lap en route to the victory. However, the win didn't come without a few tense moments for Figge, as Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., got right to Figge's bumper while negotiating lapped traffic and appeared to be moving into position to take the position away as the laps wound down.
Once clear of traffic, however, Figge managed to stretch the lead slightly and went on to cross the stripe 1.131 seconds ahead of Pilgrim, earning him the Kia Turning Point of the Race Award. It was the first World Challenge victory for Figge since winning the first race of the 2011 doubleheader at Mid-Ohio.
"I was quite confident in the beginning of the race," Figge said. "When you've got a racer the caliber of [teammate] Randy [Pobst] watching your back, it's always nice. I saw his car start to go off and I saw Andy get by him, and I still thought I've got enough. Boy, that changes quickly when you get into traffic.
"I immediately realized what was going on with Randy's car, it certainly got a little greasy out there trying to keep it under me. I certainly was extremely happy to see the white flag, and even more happy to see the checkered flag. I had to hang onto it a couple of times, but mostly just ecstatic for the weekend with all the Volvo people here and, not only that, but with Alex's Lemonade Stand this weekend it's really special for all of us at K-Pax and Volvo."
Pilgrim steadily worked his way forward from fourth on the starting grid in the No. 8 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R. He methodically found his way around teammate Johnny O'Connell and took second a few laps later from Pobst, on Lap 20 of the 26-lap timed event. The runner-up performance was Pilgrim's fifth podium of the season and enabled him to solidify second place in the final 2012 GT driver standings.
"It's a difficult place to drive, because you're sliding around everywhere, you really have to pick your moments and every corner has its issues,"