Not like the other three SRO collection competing at Sonoma Raceway, the GT The us powered by AWS racers already had by now concluded one race weekend, acquiring kicked off their season in St. Petersburg in late February. The motion at Sonoma Raceway was great throughout the two races on this Easter weekend.
Under sunny and obvious skies in California’s scenic Bay Place, Race 1 of the GT The usa Offered by AWS, a portion of the Sonoma Raceway GT Weekend Offered by Crowdstrike, unfolded from the get-go with seemingly consistent action.
Marko Radisic (No.22 SRQ Motorsports BMW) suffered a temporary misfire on the out lap, prompting the security car to continue to be out a little bit for a longer period than normal. At the time underway, drama unfolded just after flip two, primary to several automobiles off observe but no major destruction sustained.
This proved to be foreshadowing for the rest of the race, as a number of offs and mild get hold of moments peppered all over the relaxation of its 40-minute length. This culminated with a prolonged entire-program yellow that claimed the automobile pushed by Alain Staid (No.19 Nolasport Porsche).
The stacked industry that this produced led to a nail-biting last 5 minutes in SRO3. Jason Daskalos (No.27 Daskalos Motorsports Audi) took the checkered flag by a whisker, just forward of George Kurtz (No.04 Crowdstrike Racing by Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG) and Jason Harward (No.88 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini).
“We didn’t have the ideal setup today, we have been struggling through the carousel,” Daskalos shared of how the race went for him and his group. “They (Kurtz and Harward) were quicker in specific areas, we experienced a minor edge in other individuals, some of the visitors arrived into perform. But we ended up ready to provide it dwelling and which is what issues.”
Not prolonged soon after the get started in GT4, Ross Chouest (No.50 Chouest Povoledo Racing Aston Martin) acquired the bounce early on, scooting past as quite a few as 4 automobiles to choose the prime place that was briefly held by Robb Holland (No.99 Rotek Racing Porsche). A 50-second penalty was supplied to Ross Chouest, Hutton McKenna (No.30 Wright Motorsports Porsche) and Robb Holland owing to a fake start, resulting in Steve Dinan (No.930 Carbahn with Peregrine Racing Audi), Todd Coleman (No.69 Smooge Racing Toyota), Jose DaSilva (No.67 Smooge Racing Toyota) getting 1st, second, and 3rd spots, respectively.
Harward and McKenna Record First Wins in Easter Morning GTAmerica Sonoma Race
Jason Harward gained the pole position on a sunny Sunday morning in the No.88 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini, immediately after recording the quickest lap for the duration of the Saturday early morning GT The united states Driven by AWS race. From the drop of the inexperienced to the checkered flag, Harward led the area recording an additional CrowdStrike Fastest Lap with a time of 1:39.433 earning his very first general job and SRO3 win after 16 races.
It was a well earned get for Harward pursuing several complete-program cautions and re-begins. The first warning was to take out the stalled automobile of Steve Dinan (No.930 Carbahn with Peregrine Racing) who experienced won the GT4 class on Saturday. An on-keep track of incident resulted in front stop damage to the No.25 Heart of Racing Aston Martin of Grey Newell and No.21 Accelerating Overall performance Toyota of Nick Shanny, which however took equally drivers out of the race.
Right after the closing restart Harward was able to hold off expenses from Jason Daskalos (No.27 Daskalos Motorsports Audi) who completed the race in 2nd location, with Jeff Burton (No.2 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini) in third. George Kurtz (No.04 CrowdStrike Racing by Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG) was in the direct battle until finally the closing restart.
“The guys set alongside one another a superb car. Anything I preferred the car or truck to do, it did. Just about every single time it was tremendous consistent,” stated Harward subsequent his 5.6 2nd margin of victory in excess of Daskalos.
Rounding out the top rated six in SRO3 industry were being Mirco Shultis (No.70, Mishumotors Callaway Corvette) in fourth put, Justin Wetherrill (No.37 Triarsi Competizione Ferrari), George Kurtz, and Kyle Washington (No.032 GMG Racing Porsche).
20 vehicles started in the GT4 course with Chris Cagnazzi (No.39 Cameron Racing, Mercedes-AMG) and Steve Dinan (No.930 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing Audi) primary the subject. The 40-moment dash race featured a break up get started with the SRO3 cars and trucks primary out, followed by the GT4 contingency.
McKenna’s acquire was his initial in the GT4 collection. He stated he and the crew geared up for the by racing at Extended Beach the prior weekend the place they raced a further motor vehicle and did effectively, so they brought the Porsche 718 Cayman to Sonoma with the target to acquire. “We experienced lousy luck yesterday, and nowadays it worked out,” claimed McKenna from the winner’s circle.
Previous year’s champion Jason Bell (No.2 GMG Racing Aston Martin) was searching to repeat the good results he had at the season opening race on the streets of St. Petersburg, FL. Bell started from the fourth row.
Despite the fact that Bell was in a position to make his way to the third placement, he was no match for Hutton McKenna (No.30 Wright Motorsports Porsche) Hutton commenced from row a few, but was on a cost to the entrance, recording the CrowdStrike rapid lap of 1:47.641 on his way to the earn. Finishing next was Chris Cagnazzi with Jason Bell in 3rd.
Rounding out the top 10 for the GT4 class were Ross Chouest (No.50 Chouest Povoledo Racing Aston Martin) in fourth put, adopted by Adam Adelson (No.120 Leading Racing Porsche), Robb Holland (No.99 Rotek Racing, Porsche), Moisey Uretsky (No.55 Accelerating General performance Aston Martin), Marko Radisic (No.22 SRQ Motorsports BMW), Jose DaSilva (No.67 Smooge Racing Toyota), and Sean Whalen (No.888 Zelus Motorsports Aston Martin).
GT America rivals return to action for rounds five and six of the 2022 season on June 17-19 at the historic VIRginia Intercontinental Raceway.