Daskalos Keeps Championship Hopes Alive with Win
Gaples Takes Home First Win of Season in GT4 Class
Race Two Results
Jason Daskalos and Tony Gaples walked away winners in Race Two. The GT America powered by AWS series at Sebring International Raceway began with a couple of shakeups to the grid. Elias Sabo could not start due to damage sustained in Race One of the Pirelli GT4 America series. A three-position penalty due to a post-tech infraction for Memo Gidley in the No. 101 TKO Motorsports Mercedes-AMG pushed him off the pole position.
Jason Daskalos and Memo Gidley fought tooth and nail for the win from start to finish, but it was Daskalos in the lead at the drop of the checkered flag. Daskalo, second in the Drivers Points Championship, began the race from the pole position with Gidley serving his penalty. He took off at the drop of the green flag and steered his No. 27 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 meticulously over the bumps to the win.
George Kurtz was seated in second place from the start in his No. 04 CrowdStrike by Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3. His race began on the offense, attacking Daskalos for the lead. Gidley soon put the pressure on Kurtz and he switched gears to defend second place. Gidley pushed past Kurtz for his second-place finish early in the race, wholly focused on Daskalos.
Adam Adelson started ahead of Gidley on grid in the No. 120 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R. The two seemed to be magnets through the initial laps of the race with Gidley glued to Adelson’s back bumper. The two negotiated the track and Gidley overtook Adelson. The Porsche driver would then play defense against eight-time Sebring winner Johnny O’Connell in the No. 3 SKI Motorsports Audi R8 LMS. O’Connell got the best of Adelson and Kurtz within a few corners, putting his vast understanding of Sebring to good use for a third-place finish. Kurtz would hold on to fourth with Adelson in fifth at the finish.
Todd Treffert in the No. 41 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 kept a gap back to Anthony Bartone in the No. 427 RealTime Racing Mercedes-AMG through the duration of the race as he focused forward. Treffert reeled in the top five competitors taking a few looks at Adelson before settling into his sixth-place finish.
Bartone seemed to have a race of his own in the seventh position with Andy Wilzoch in the No. 460 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R safely behind in eighth as was the No. 043 OnlyFans Racing by P1 Groupe with MRS Porsche 911 GT3 R who finished ninth.
Tony Gaples in the No. 5 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4. R took home his first win of the season in Race Two. Robb Holland hoped the cool conditions gave a slight advantage to his No. 099 Rotek Racing Porsche 917 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. However, the No. 2 Flying Lizard Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 of Jason Bell took off at the green flag and created a healthy gap to Holland. Gaples turned his fourth-place start into third, making his way around Holland. Gaples continued to come alive as he pressured Bell for the lead before overtaking Bell on the final lap.
Tim Savage in the No. 009 TRG Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 finished fourth in a clean effort of racing. He kept Gray Newell and the No. 25 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 evenly behind him. Newell bounced back to finish fifth after being involved in an incident in the Pirelli GT4 America Race One. Scott Blind in the No. 045 Archangel Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 got the best of Ross Chouest in the No. 50 Chouest Povoledo Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4. Chouest is in the championship hunt, looking to repeat his 2022 win but he would finish Race Two seventh, five positions behind Bell.
Thomas Collingwood in the No. BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport and Nicholas Shanny in the No. 21 Toyota GR Supra GT4 EVO finished eighth and ninth, respectively.
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