Lamborghini takes general win, Racers Edge breaks via to win first Professional-Am
The No. 3 Ok-PAX Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Jordan Pepper and Andrea Caldarelli took the checkered flag below Full Course Yellow circumstances after an incident between race leaders and visitors ended with a automobile within the wall, making the pole-sitter the provisional winner of the primary race of the double-header weekend. The No. 93 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3, pushed by Taylor Hagler and Dakota Dickerson, provisionally captured the Professional-Am win with a third-overall ending place, whereas Conrad Grunewald and Jean-Claude Saada took the Am-class win within the No. 61 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3.
The race began below Yellow Circumstances on account of a name of improper grid positioning. As soon as underway, the motion got here in sizzling and heavy as number-three qualifier Michael Dinan (No. 96 Turner Motorsports BMW F13 M6 GT3) instantly launched a profitable bid for the number-two spot from Russell Ward (No. 33 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3), beginning off the prolonged battle for the coveted second place between the 2. In the meantime, with the remainder of the sector strategizing and making ready for place bids, Jeff Burton’s No. 91 Lamborghini Huracan dropped again a number of positions earlier than settling in the back of the pack.
After a number of laps Caldarelli was rising the lead of the No. 3 automobile whereas Dinan and Ward continued to change barbs within the quest to chase down Caldarelli and Russell Ward (No. 33 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3), Giovanni Venturini (No. 6 Ok-PAX Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3), Am-class pole-sitter Conrad Grunewald (No. 61 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3) and Professional-Am competitor Michael Di Meo (No. 77 Compass Racing Acura NSX GT3) engaged in a four-way contest for general positioning.
Simply earlier than the opening of the pit window, a lot of the motion was contained in the midst of the pack the place Professional-Am and Am class opponents have been vying for in-class positioning, with Grunewald holding off a contingent of sturdy Professional-Am challengers led by Di Meo. As soon as the pit window opened, Grunewald’s technique was to carry off for a delayed pit-entry whereas most different opponents entered pit lane for his or her necessary adjustments. On the shut of the pit window, the sector had settled again down and noticed the No. 3 automobile, now pushed by Jordan Pepper, again on prime; Pepper was adopted by Philip Ellis within the No. 33 Winward automobile and Robby Foley, now behind the wheel of the No. 96 Turner Motorsports BMW, and Corey Lewis within the No. 6 Ok-PAX automobile closing the Professional ranks.
Professional-Am opponents have been nonetheless intermingled with the Ams on the grid, however noticed Dakota Dickerson within the No. 93 main, adopted by Matt McMurry within the different No. 77 Acura NSX, and Jan Heylen in third behind the wheel of the No. 20 Wright Motorsports Porsche.
Shortly after that, Race Stewards issued Drive-By means of Penalties to each Foley within the No. 96 and Michael Cooper within the No. 19 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. This elevated the battle for second general to Ellis within the No. 33 and Lewis within the No. 6 and dropped Foley to sixth general with a battle again to a podium place forward of him. With that little increase in positioning, Dickerson was in a position to go Lewis for the third place in lap 26.
Late within the race with lower than 5 minutes to go, a contact-incident between Ellis (No. 33) and lapped-traffic entry Jean-Claude Saada (No. 61) occurred, ending with the Ferrari touring off-track after which re-crossing the observe and contacting the wall in Flip 11, coming to relaxation in the midst of the observe and leading to a Full Course Yellow.
With lower than sufficient time to circuit the observe at safety-car speeds, the checkered flag was finally proven and the potential bids for placement or place restoration have been ended. Pepper, having captured the general win, led the Professional class, adopted by Ellis and teammmate Corey Lewis (No. 6 Ok-PAX Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) who slotted in fourth general for the third-place Professional podium spot.
With the third general end, Dakota Dickerson helped carry the Professional-Am class win to Racers Edge Motorsport, their first this season; moreover, co-driver and fellow HPD GT3 Academy alum Taylor Hagler turns into the second lady to win a race in GT World Problem competitors, additionally within the highly-competitive Professional-Am class. The No. 77 Compass Racing Acura NSX GT3, co-driven by Michael Di Meo and Matt McMurry, took the second step on the Professional-Am podium, adopted by Fred Poordad and Jan Heylen in third with their drive of the No. 20 Wright Motorsports Porsche. Despite the contact, the No. 61 AF Corse Ferrari took the Am class win, adopted by the No. 10 TR3 Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3.
Outcomes are provisional till posted Ultimate. Race 2 goes inexperienced at 2:15 pm CT on Sunday; the CBS Sports activities Community weekend highlights and race protection begins at 2:00 pm CT. Followers may also catch the race dwell on the GT World YouTube channel or get the audio simulcast on SiriusXm Satellite tv for pc Radio SXM392 (channel 992 on the app), and everybody can comply with dwell timing and scoring at gt-world-challenge-america.com/dwell