- Daskalos takes the win by a hair
- Penalties in GT4 knocks first three across line off the podium
- GT America Classification as of 4/16/22 2:00 PM Pacific
Sonoma, California - Under sunny and clear skies in California’s scenic Bay Area, Race 1 of the GT America Presented by AWS, a part of the Sonoma Raceway GT Weekend Presented by Crowdstrike, unfolded from the get-go with seemingly constant action.
Marko Radisic (#22 BMW) suffered a brief misfire on the out lap, prompting the safety car to stay out a bit longer than usual. Once underway, drama unfolded just after turn two, leading to several cars off track but no serious damage sustained.
This proved to be foreshadowing for the rest of the race, as several offs and light contact moments peppered throughout the rest of its 40 minute duration. This culminated with a lengthy full-course yellow that claimed the car driven by Alain Staid (#19 Porsche).
The stacked field that this created led to a nail-biting final five minutes in SRO3. Jason Daskalos (#27 Audi) took the checkered flag by a whisker, just ahead of George Kurtz (#04 Mercedes) and Jason Harward (#88 Lamborghini).
“We didn’t have the best setup today, we were struggling through the carousel,” Daskalos shared of how the race went for him and his team. “They (Kurtz and Harward) were faster in certain areas, we had a little edge in others, some of the traffic came into play. But we were able to bring it home and that’s what matters.”
Not long after the start in GT4, Ross Chouest (#50 Aston Martin) got the jump early on, scooting past as many as four cars to take the top spot that was briefly held by Robb Holland (#99 Porsche). A 50-second penalty was given to Ross Chouest (#50 Aston Martin), Hutton McKenna (#30 Porsche) and Robb Holland (#99 Porsche) due to a false start, resulting in Steve Dinan (#930 Audi), Todd Coleman (#69 Toyota), Jose DaSilva (#67 Toyota) taking first, second, and third places, respectively.
Race 2 goes down on Sunday at 9:30 AM.
Weekend tickets are available at bit.ly/gtsonoma2022. Enjoy California’s Wine Country with the sights and sounds of sports car racing while getting up-close with the cars and stars of the series in our open paddock.