Cooler temperatures prevailed at Virginia International Raceway for Sunday morning’s AWS-powered GT America race. It was the 6th round of the 16-race championship with strong fields in SRO3 and GT4. Mercedes-AMG, Lamborghini and Ferrari drivers landed on the SRO3 podium with the Porsche and Aston Martin teams taking the top places in GT4.
Starting from pole position, George Kurtz in the #4 CrowdStrike Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Riley Motorsports quickly took the lead, pursued by Zelus Motorsports teammates Jeff Burton (#191 Lamborghini Huracan GT3) and Jason Harward (Lamborghini Huracan No. 88). GT3).
As the SRO3 leaders weaved their way through GT4 traffic, Burton sped off after a bump with Paul Keibler’s #89 RENNTech Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Paul Keibler and was penalized by the stewards with a passing penalty that left him loses track positions.
Harward appeared to be in pursuit of the leaders with third position close at hand, when he set off for an off-course excursion entering the Hog Pen, opening the door for Andy Pilgrim in the #56 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 of SKI Autosports and the #27 Daskalos Motorsports Audi R8 LMS of Jason Daskalos. The race turned yellow to pull Harvard off the grass, with 13 minutes left in the race.
The peloton returned to the green flag race with just enough time for a two-lap dash to the checkered flag. Kurtz pulled off the restart again and pulled away from the field and his pursuers to claim his second win of the weekend and his third win of the season.
The SRO3 podium was Kurtz, Pilgrim with his first podium of the season and his GT America debut, and Jason Daskalos. Daskalos remains second in points thanks to four podium finishes, including two wins so far this season.
“The most important thing is to prepare the tyres. We kept the tires clean, which is really important on this track, and kept them warm. The guys from CrowdStrike and Riley gave me a great car and I love this track,” Kurtz said.
In GT4 action, Adam Adelson in the No. 120 Premier Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport, hoping to repeat his Saturday morning victory, challenged Moisey Uretsky in the No. 55 Accelerating Performance Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 for the head, but Uretsky was ready to defend his position. In a daring move, Adelson made a run at Hog Pen but went off the rails, dashing any hopes of a weekend sweep. Fortunately, he was able to bring the car back to the finish line.
As Uretsky crossed the finish line for his maiden GT4 win, Robb Holland in the #99 Rotek Racing Porsche Cayman 718 GT4 RS Clubsport came alongside the #2 GMG Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 of Jason Bell to grab second place on the podium by four hundredths of a second. It was the first GT4 podium of the year for Holland. For Bell, it was his fifth podium in six races, including a win at St. Pete to maintain his points lead.
“It was a tough race, the yellow was not in our favour, we were ahead with a gap, so it delayed us a bit and I had to get the tires back to working order, so that was exciting. last two laps for sure,” Uretsky said.
CJ Moses, back in the series after missing the Sonoma races due to a scheduling conflict, rode a trouble-free race in the No. 2 GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS to finish sixth overall and win victory in the GT2 class.
The CrowdStrike award for fastest lap went to Jason Harward in the #88 Zelus Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT4 with a time of 1m46.44s.
The series will move to Watkins Glen for rounds seven and eight from July 22-24. Follow all the action live at https://www.gtamerica.us/live.