The Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championships on the streets of St. Petersburg (March 22-24) welcomed the Ken Stout Racing (KSR) Scion FR-S during the first and second rounds. Only being a test session for driver Robert Stout (their first test session in the car), the car did encounter a multitude of problems.
So many fans came to see the FR-S that there had to be a sanction placed at the entrance to the team's paddock.
Although the car had been worked on until the morning of the race weekend, problems started early with ABS issues in the first and second practice sessions, although diagnosed, the car had to sit out those two sessions. Friday afternoon's qualifying session also ended early with a transmission failure (downshifting to third). The problem was again resolved.
The car was prepared with a new transmission for Saturday's race, but again another problem prevented the car from participating. A part of the wire harness rubbed against a sharp edge on the lower rear of the engine, which resulted in fuel spillage all over the engine. As with the other issues, this was resolved in time for Sunday's race.
Sunday had a much better start than the rest of the weekend with Stout passing six cars before turn 1 and was up for the "Best Standing Start of the Race" award. But another problem ended the race prematurely, when high crankcase pressure resulted in the engine bay being filled with oil.
Although the car and team were dealt a bad hand, the car was back at headquarters the next morning to learn from the valuable information gained throughout the weekend.