- George Kurtz takes his CrowdStrike Mercedes-AMG to his fourth win of the season extending championship points lead
- Seth Lucas scores GT4 class victory in his series debut with Hattori Motorsports Toyota
- Provisional Results
Watkins Glen, New York - Race 1 of GT America powered by AWS at Watkins Glen saw a lot of action during the course of its 40-minute sprint race. Both pole sitters-turned-podium-toppers, George Kurtz and Seth Lucas, claimed the CrowdStrike Fastest Lap for their respective classes: Kurtz laid down a 1:47.514 while Lucas clocked in a 1:57.293.
When the green flag waved, George Kurtz (#04 CrowdStrike with Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3) put the pedal to the metal and never looked back, taking the win in SRO3. Though, not without a strong showing from Jason Harward (#88 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3), who was on his tail for most of the race until a spin during the closing laps of the race.
“CrowdStrike and Riley gave us a great car, so hats off to them all weekend,” Kurtz said. “It was just a weird race because of the cautions—I’d have a gap, and then a caution, then another gap. I think it was really just a matter of keeping my head down and executing.”
An early impact between Mirco Schultis (#70 Mishumotors Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R) and Jason Daskalos (#27 Daskalos Motorsports Audi R8 LMS) caused a short yellow flag just a few minutes into the race. Once the race went back to green, ten minutes went by before another yellow flag was flown due to debris strewn across Turn 1 after Paul Kiebler (#89 RENNtech Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4) impacted with the wall.
Daskalos was given a one-minute pit lane penalty for the early-race incident. This extinguished some truly impressive driving by the Audi contender, especially after showing great speed in spite of front-end damage.
Fast qualifier Marco Radisic (#22 SRQ Motorsports BMW M4 GT4) failed post-qualifying tech inspection and was forced to start at the back of the grid. This elevated Seth Lucas (#016 Hattori Motorsports Toyota GR Supra GT4) to the pole and he never gave it up as he drove clean and maintained some truly impressive pace. This was his first race in GT America, having started the season with the Supra in the two-driver Pirelli GT4 America series.
P2 in GT4 for most of the race, Ross Chouest (#50 Chouest Provoledo Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4), kept Lucas within his sights but couldn’t quite get up to his bumper. However, Chouest drove a great race regardless, taking his first second place finish after a string of fourth-places finishes this season.
“It was insane. Everybody worked so hard for this, everybody deserves this,” Lucas said. It was a pretty clean race and I kept it together for the final.”
Further back in the GT4 field, current season points leader Jason Bell (#2 GMG Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4) and runner-up Moisey Uretsky (#55 Accelerating Performance Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4) battled hard for the first half of the race in between yellow flags.
Elias Sabo (#8 Flying Lizard Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4) and Adam Adelson (#69 Premier Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport) also showed tremendous pace while trying to move up in the field, though eventually Sabo was given a one-minute pit lane penalty due to an incident at the start of the race.
Race 2 action will begin at 9:00 AM EST on Sunday.