GT World Challenge America: Runner-up spots for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the two races at Sonoma

GT World Challenge America: Runner-up spots for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the two races at Sonoma

20.04.2022: Mercedes-AMG starts 2022 GT World Challenge America with two podium finishes: The new GT World Challenge America season began last weekend with two 90-minute races at the 4.05km Sonoma Raceway.


Mercedes-AMG starts 2022 GT World Challenge America with two podium finishes: The new GT World Challenge America season began last weekend with two 90-minute races at the 4.05km Sonoma Raceway.





Four Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing teams travelled to the curtain-raiser in Northern California, bringing a total of five Mercedes-AMG GT3s to the grid.



Steven Aghakhani (USA) and Loris Spinelli (ITA) driving the number 6 US RaceTronics car put in an impressive performance in Saturday's opening race to advance from fourth on the grid to second place at the chequered flag.



Their result was matched in the Pro-Am class by the pairing of Colin Braun and George Kurtz (USA) in the number 4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of CrowdStrike Racing by Riley Motorsports. In Sunday's race, the duo carried on where they had left off, finishing third and delivering another class podium for the team.
 


WINWARD Racing also made a successful start to the new season, thanks to their two experienced drivers in the cockpit of the number 33 Mercedes-AMG GT3.


After a P5 in the general classification on Saturday, Philip Ellis (SUI) and Russell Ward (USA), went into Sunday's race from sixth position, from where they steadily worked their way forward to ultimately celebrate second place on the podium.
 
    


Pirelli GT4 America: Two Top Three finishes for the Mercedes-AMG GT4 at Sonoma Raceway



 
Three further overall podiums in the supporting programme round off a successful weekend: The season opener of GT4 America shared the billing at Sonoma Raceway last weekend.



Gavin Sanders (CAN) and Michai Stephens (USA) of Conquest Racing / JWF Motorsports quickly got the tyres of their number 34 Mercedes-AMG GT4 up to operating temperature to claim the overall runner-up spot in both races and make an almost perfect start to the season.
 


The second round of the 2022 GT America was contested in the framework of the GT World Challenge America weekend. George Kurtz driving the number 4 CrowdStrike Racing by Riley Motorsports GT3 contributed another podium finish with a P2, while Chris Ragnazzi (USA) in the #39 Cameron Racing GT4 took an additional class podium for second place in the GT4 category.
 
 
    
    

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