GT4 America starts under the bright sunshine of CoTA

Friday, March 06, 2020

After a day of private testing around the 5.5km long Circuit of The America's track yesterday, all thirty nine GT4 race cars have hit the track again today for the opening Free Practice sessions for the 2020 GT4 America Series.

The opening round's entry list confirms four new Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4's to compete in both the Series Sprint and Sprint X races this weekend with these new cars spread across five race teams, all of whom are new converts to the British marque for this season.

With FP1 already under their belts, it has been the #15 BSport Racing Vantage of Kenton Koch who has stolen the early march on their fellow Sprint X runners being fastest in this mornings session just ahead of the #21 Flying Lizards AMR of Robby Foley just 0.162 seconds behind whilst Michael Dinan and his #210 Flying Lizards AMR car was the front runner in the Sprint class in P5, just 1.4 seconds behind that class's pace setting Ford Mustang.

With cars and drivers doubling up to race in both the Sprint and Sprint X races, you will need to keep your wits open to avoid on any confusion into who's in what and racing with whom!

A bright, warm sunny day at the circuit today has also shown these cars new racing liveries off in fine detail for the first time with other entries from Rearden Racing, Recstuff Racing and Rennsport.

Indeed, the two Rearden entries of both Jeff Burton and Paul Terry come to Texas fresh off the back of some winter competition racing in the Series Winter Invitational from the Thermal Club in California where Burton cashed in on a couple of class podiums over the three event series in the process.

The final driver not so far mentioned is Fred Roberts who swaps to the AMR marque having raced a Maserati in what was then the Pirelli World Challenge in 2017. His car is already a successful one should someone want to take a stab as to what/where and with whom???

Roberts also has the extremely talented young driver coach of Matt George by his side for this double race weekend - George has long been associated with the AMR brand having taught fashion designer and former SuperDry co-owner James Holder all he knows for them to compete together in both iterations of AMR Vantage GT4 in series such as the British GT Championship, GT4 European Series and the French FFSA GT4 Championships.

With most of these new AMR's having been procured through AMR's North American strategic partner CSJ Motorsport, it is only fitting that they also display a beautifully liveried Vantage GT4 to mark the start of the GT4 America season after what was a very successful audition at Daytona earlier this year. This car is also for sale with immediate delivery should you care to sign upon the dotted line.

Racing starts tomorrow!

Photo credits - GT4 America / CSJ Motorsport / AMR
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