Braun/Kurtz winners at IMS, Fuentes takes GTWC title
The DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG staff of George Kurtz and Colin Braun scored the Professional/Am GT World Problem America powered by AWS Collection win Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Simply over a minute behind, the Squadra Corse Ferrari staff of Martin Fuentes and Alessandro Balzan completed second, and with that podium putting, Fuentes clinched the 2020 Professional/Am GT World Problem America Driver’s Championship.
Trent Hindman and Shelby Blackstock, the Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 staff, completed third. The three-hour GTWC race, built-in into the Indianapolis 8 Hour contest, was held as a make-up for the 2 rounds that had been cancelled earlier within the 12 months at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Mom Nature examined the talents of the groups and drivers, rain falling because the 22-car mixed World Problem America and IGTC Indianapolis 8 Hour area accomplished their formation laps.
With the race going again to inexperienced on Lap 31 after a protracted yellow-flag interval, Hindman jumped previous Fuentes into the lead, with Braun in third. However drama ensued on lap 41 as Hindman’s NSX suffered a left rear puncture and he limped the machine into the pits for repairs.
Fuentes moved again up into the lead with Braun chasing in second.
Fuentes pitted within the closing third of the race to vary over to Balzan, however with minutes remaining within the contest and a major, Balzan got here into the pits to changeover to his teammate, permitting the driving force from Mexico to cross the road on the three-hour mark because the newly topped Professional/Am sequence champion.
“That is positively the spotlight of my profession,” stated Fuentes. “I’ve been racing for some time, and I believe this would be the largest championship I might ever win. The circumstances had been the toughest I’ve ever pushed in; it was fairly difficult.”
Hindman and Blackstock claimed the Silver division 2020 driver’s championship, whereas the Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3 staff of Max Root and Fred Poordad had been topped the Am division champions.
Groups and drivers now transfer into the offseason and plan for the beginning of the 2021 marketing campaign set to begin March 5-7, at Sonoma Raceway in California. Stand up-to-date sequence new all through the offseason at gt-world-challenge-america.com.