George Kurtz Wins Round 5 Of GT America At VIR

George Kurtz won round five of the AWS-powered 2022 GT America Series, capping a dominant day that started with a last-second pole position in qualifying this morning, and ended with a Grand Slam victory for the flag lights.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, a field of 26 GT3, GT2 and GT4 cars passed the green flag at 12:10 p.m. Kurtz led the field of seven in the SRO3 class to the green flag and led the opening lap ahead of the #191 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Jeff Burton of Utah.

Kurtz and Burton traded the fastest laps before a safety car was deployed on lap five when the #60 Dexter Racing Ginetta G56 GT4 of Matthew Ibrahim came to a stop at Horse Shoe Corner (turn one).

When the race resumed, Kurtz secured the fall on the ground and began to gradually pull away, resetting the fastest lap of the race multiple times after the restart.

He completed 21 laps en route to a perfect win, his second SRO3 class victory of the season and his first since the opening round in St. Petersburg, Florida. And, by setting the fastest lap of the race in 1’46.353, Kurtz secures pole position for tomorrow’s Race 2 and could be on the verge of sweeping the weekend.

Lumber magnate Burton came home second, and Zelus Motorsports put both cars on the podium after Jason Harward charged through the field after a pit lane start, snatching third place from the #56 SKI Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 of Andy Pilgrim on the penultimate lap as they worked in slower GT4 traffic!

It was a great recovery after a crash at Oak Tree Corner (11/12 turn) during GT World Challenge America qualifying – and a subsequent tire change while in parc fermé – forced a start into the lane of the stalls for Harvard. He even started from the same spot during the run, but didn’t lose any position as he regrouped and charged forward.

Pilgrim finished fourth ahead of former SPEED World Challenge rival Jason Daskalos in fifth, driving the #27 Daskalos Motorsports Audi R8 LMS Ultra. Justin Wetherill’s #37 Triarsi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo finished sixth.

CJ Moses also came out of the pit lane to finish seventh overall as the only GT2 entered, beating Mirko Shultis’ SRO3 MISHUMOTORS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R class after the German journeyman veered off course in the four last rounds.

Adam Adelson claimed his first GT4 class win of the season in the #120 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport RS. This follows a GT4 America Pro-Am sweep at the last race meeting at NOLA Motorsports Park in May.

Adelson started from second place behind poleman Moisey Uretsky in the #55 Accelerating Performance Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4. But after the safety car restarted, Adelson passed Uretsky to take the lead.

Ross Chouest in the #50 Chouest Povoledo Racing Vantage was making a play for second place, but he overshot the first part of the horseshoe and went off the rails. This allowed Adelson to break away from Uretsky, who now had Jason Bell’s No. 2 GMG Racing Vantage on him.

Adelson completed 20 laps for the win, with Uretsky in second and Bell in third.

Uretsky, who took the GT4 class pole for Race 1 this morning, set the fastest lap of 1:56.150 to take class pole position for Race 2 tomorrow.

Chris Gumprecht’s #79 RENNtech Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 finished fourth, ahead of Elias Sabo’s #8 Flying Lizard Motorsports Vantage and Gray Newell’s #25 Heart of Racing Vantage sixth.

Alain Stad’s #19 NOLASPORT Cayman was eliminated from GT America late this weekend (he and Seth Thomas will only race GT4 America), while Nick Shanny’s #21 Carrus Callas Raceteam GR Supra did not take departure. The #124 ARG/Rotek Racing Ford Mustang GT4 of Chris Alliegro retired after 11 laps following an incident with the #888 Zelus Motorsports Vantage GT4 of Sean Whalen, and was the third retirement after Ibrahim and Shanny.


Images © Brian Cleary, Fred Hardy, James Lietz / SRO Motorsports Group America

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