Gidely (TKO Motorsports) Take Bentley to the Top Spot at First Sebring Contest

2 October 2021 GT America
  • Gidley, TKO Motorsports Win Flag-to-flag, Setup Fastest Lap for Possible Repeat on Sunday
  • Wilzoch, Flying Lizard Motorsports Take SRO3 Masters Win
  • Sabo, GMG Racing Ahead of GT2 Contingent
  • Quinlan, Stephen Cameron Racing Win GT4 Class
  • PROVISIONAL RESULTS - PDF Link

Sebring, Fla. - Memo Gidley's mid-season entry into GT America has paid off in dividends as the TKO Motorsports driver takes the top spot in the first GT America Invitational race at Sebring International Raceway. SRO-3 Masters driver Andy Wilzoch (#460 Porsche) took the podium top step for SRO3-M, while Elias Sabo took his #8 GMG Racing Audi R8 OMS GT2 to the top spot and Sean Quinlan held off a race-long contest for the top GT4 spot.

The race began at the storied circuit with all classes immediately vying for position on the characteristically rough road course. Jason Harward (#88 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini) immediately jumped into P2 since original qualifier Rodrigo Sales (#77 Compass Racing Acura) was unable to start in the P2 grid position, slotting in at the end of the field from pit lane instead. Jason Daskalos (#27 Daskalos Motorsports Audi) also overtaking Jeff Burton (#191 Rearden Racing Lamborghini) on his way to the third overall spot. In the GT4 field, Jason Bell (#2 GMG Racing Aston Martin), Ross Chouest (#50 3R Povoledo Racing Aston Martin) and Chris Cagnazzi (#39 RENNtech Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4) battled turn-for-turn through the opening lap, finally settling into that running order and working on chasing the taillights in front of them while increasing the gaps behind them.

As Harward chased Gidley and the two increased their gap to the pack, Daskalos and Burton continued to volley positions back and forth in the battle for third overall positioning. Andy Wilzoch (#460 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche) and Sales, the two SRO3-classed competitors that essentially started the race from the back of the entire field, had worked their respective ways through the non-class traffic, Sales just in front of Elias Sabo's #8 GT2 Audi and Wilzoch just behind it with a little over 12 minutes ticked off the 40-minute race clock.

As the clock wound down, both Harward and Bell started turning up the heat in their respective chases in class, with Gidley setting fast laps and Harward literally thousdandths of a second behind, and Bell closing the gap down to nothing in bumper-to-bumper laps. Remarkable too, was Sales run from the back of the pack at the drop of the green all the way into the fifth overall spot by the halfway point of the race, with an imminent attacks on the fourth and third positions overall resulting in Sales taking the third step on the SRO3 podium. In spite of the extreme pressure and traffic management required in the final laps, both Gidley and Quinlan had enough left in the tank to finish on top of the podium, their antagonists taking up the second spot on the respective podiums.

In the developing GT4 battle for third, Scott Noble (#49 NOLASPORT Porsche) started to turn up the pressure on Chouest but was eventually unable to capitalize and had to settle for fourth, just off Chouest's podium

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