Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Entries Secure Eight Podium Finishes and Two Poles

Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Entries Secure Eight Podium Finishes and Two Poles

18.04.2022: ...in Competitive SRO America Season-Opening Weekend at Sonoma Raceway No. 04 CrowdStrike Racing by Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 Team Tallies Three Podium Showings Across Two SRO America Racing Series Saturday and Sunday at Sonoma Raceway


...in Competitive SRO America Season-Opening Weekend at Sonoma Raceway
 


 
No. 04 CrowdStrike Racing by Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 Team Tallies Three Podium Showings Across Two SRO America Racing Series Saturday and Sunday at Sonoma Raceway

 
 
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams combined for eight podium finishes and two overall pole positions in a competitive SRO America championships weekend across three racing series at Sonoma Raceway Saturday and Sunday.



George Kurtz and Colin Braun combined for three podium finishes in CrowdStrike Racing by Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3s while the No. 34 Conquest Racing/JMF Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Michai Stephens and co-driver Gavin Sanders won a pole and finished second overall in the Silver class in both of the weekend’s SRO Pirelli GT4 America races.



After the SRO GT America powered by AWS began its season in February in St. Petersburg, Sonoma marked the 2022 debut of SRO America’s full racing lineup. GT America was joined at Sonoma by Pirelli GT4 America and the top-tier SRO Fanatec GT World Challenge America presented by AWS for a combined six races over the course of Saturday and Sunday.



Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams were well represented in all three series, and at least one Mercedes-AMG customer team secured a podium finish in each of the weekend’s six races.
 


Kurtz struck first with a second-place finish in Saturday’s opening 40-minute GT America sprint, but he made his biggest mark of the weekend with back-to-back Pro-Am podium finishes in the 90-minute Fanatec GT World Challenge races. Kurtz and Braun co-drove to a second-place finish in Saturday’s first GT World Challenge race and then charged from the back of the field for a third place showing in Sunday’s second race.
 
 
 
Starting driver Braun began an immediate charge to the front at the drop of Sunday’s green flag before handing the No. 04 off to Kurtz at mid-race. Kurtz slowly reeled in the third-place competitor before making the pass with just under 15 minutes remaining and holding the position until the finish.
 


The Conquest Racing/JMF Motorsports No. 34 with Stephens and new co-driver Sanders was the only other Mercedes-AMG Motorsport customer team making more than one visit to the podium at Sonoma.
 


The class of the Pirelli GT4 America field in the final half of last season, the Conquest/JMF No. 34 team quickly built on this weekend 2021’s closing run that saw them close out the year with five straight podium finishes, including four victories.
 


Team newcomer Sanders, 19, proved quick out of the box and won the overall Pirelli GT4 pole for Saturday’s race. Sanders and Stephens battled for the win in both Saturday’s and Sunday’s 60-minute races, crossing the finish line second overall and in the Silver class both days.
 
 
 
The weekend’s other pole winner was the No. 6 US RaceTronics (USRT) Mercedes-AMG GT3 that made a successful GT World Challenge debut in the hands of co-drivers Steven Aghakhani and Loris Spinelli. Both drivers qualified well, with Spinelli stepping up to win the overall pole for Sunday’s race in his GT World Challenge debut.
 


Aghakhani and Spinelli co-drove to a second place overall and Pro-class finish in Saturday’s first race and appeared on pace to take the victory on Sunday. Spinelli led the majority of the race’s first hour and Aghakhani continued the race leading pace after taking the wheel of the No. 6.
 


Aghakhani was just minutes into his race closing stint, however, when a right front wheel technical issue sent him back to the pits. The USRT team quickly got Aghakhani and the No. 6 back in the race, but any chance of a victory or repeat podium finish was gone.
 


Winward Racing picked up the chase for Sunday’s victory from there with co-drivers Russell Ward and Philip Ellis securing second-place honors in the No. 33 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.
 
 
 
Sonoma’s other podium showings came in the weekend’s twin GT America, single-driver, 40-minute sprint races that were held Saturday and Sunday.



Kurtz’s second-place Saturday finish continued a GT America hot streak he started in February in St. Petersburg. The runner-up result backed up a victory and third place showing at St. Petersburg to give a Kurtz a championship-contending run of three straight podium results to open the GT America season.
 


In Sunday’s GT America finale, Chris Cagnazzi shook off both a DNF (Did Not Finish) in the St. Petersburg doubleheader and competitor contact issues early in the Sonoma weekend. He led the opening race laps and finished second in the GT4 class to give team owner Steve Cameron a podium at his home track in the No. 39 Stephen Cameron Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4. Stephen Cameron Racing is based on the grounds of Sonoma Raceway.
 


Later on Sunday, Guy Cosmo joined Cagnazzi in the No. 39 for the Pirelli GT4 race and the duo scored a career-best fourth-place finish in that series.
 
 
 

Another encouraging performance on the weekend came from the No. 35 Conquest Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Manny Franco and Josh Hurley. The debuting duo battled in the Pirelli GT4 top 10 in both weekend races.
 


A late penalty Saturday thwarted a top-10 finish in their first race, but the No. 35 team and Franco and Hurley rebounded well with a sixth place Silver class finish and 11th overall showing on Sunday.
 


Next up for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams in SRO America competition is the inaugural race at Ozarks International Raceway, May 20 - 22.
 




- Adam Saal, photos Mercedes

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