Kurtz, Quinlan Take Home First Hardware for GT America Competition

6 March 2021 GT America
  • Luck, Harward Complete SRO3 podium
  • Holland, Bell take other GT4 Class Honors
  • Provisional Results - PDF Link

Sonoma, Calif. - George Kurtz has taken the honors of the first checkered flag in the GT America powered by AWS race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Charlie Luck will take second place while Jason Harward will complete the podium.

GT4 class sees Sean Quinlan taking the top step with Robb Holland (second place) and Jason Bell (third place) joining him on the podium.

George Kurtz (#04 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3) and Jason Daskalos (#27 Daskalos Motorsports Audi R8 LMS) started in the front row and took off at the drop of the green flag. Stewards deemed Kurtz' start was a bit premature and served him with a drive-through penalty. During the fourth lap, Daskalos' Audi experienced a mechanical issue; the car and driver were ultimately retired from the race.

Dmitri Novikov (#29 Rearden Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) started the race from P4 overall due to a post-Qualifying penaltey assessed to former P4 qualifier Harward (#88 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3), who was moved to P7. A Lap 6 incident saw Novikov spin, allowing teammate #191 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Jeff Burton and Harward to gain position.

Black Swan Racing's Tim Pappas (#54 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport-MR) also suffered a mechanical incident that ended that run in Lap 7. Soon after, Kurtz' served the drive-through penalty and dropped to sixth place.

While Luck and Harward battled for the top spot, several competitors lost positioning after on-track spinouts including Jeff Burton in Rearden Racing's #191 Lamborghini Huracan; Gray Newell piloting the Heart of Racing Team #25 Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4; and Alex Welch in the #76 ROTR Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT4.

The battle for the GT4 class commenced from start to stop as the top three class qualifiers closed out the race in slightly shuffled order. Number 1 qualifier Robb Holland (GT4 #99 Ford Mustang GT4) qualified first but P2 placeholder Sean Quinlan (GT4 #119 Stephan Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4) managed a mid-field pass and held on to the lead to take the checkered. Similarly, SRO regular Jason Bell, holder of the third-in-class position with his #2 GMG Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4, held of attackers and defended his P3 qualifier into the third step on the class podium.

Sunday's action begins with Kurtz and Quinlan, both Fast Race Lap holders in class, take their respective pole positions when the green flag drops at 8:45 am PST. Catch all the action at gtamerica.us/watch-live, on GTWorld YouTube channel, or audio simulcast on SiriusXM SXM 382 (web 992).