Sole AMR enters SRO GT4 America Sprint round from St Petersburg

Thursday, March 12, 2020

On what has quickly become a 'dark day' for motorsport worldwide, at least there may be some motor racing taking place this coming weekend as the GT4 America Series continues to support the Indy-car Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg event - but with restrictions and with a revised schedule.

In the wake of the growing public exposure issues with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, todays loss of the FIA WEC event and postponement of the IMSA race from just up the coastline in Sebring as well as the now cancelled Formula 1 opener from Australia, this event will now be only be run with restricted access for essential personnel only within the confines of the street circuit. The opening round of the Asia GT Festival should also have been this weekend before the cancellation of that event some weeks ago.

All other public access has been cancelled on the order of the city Mayor if the event even runs at all.

Whilst that official confirmation is yet to be received, we already know that despite the four Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4's that competed at the opening round of the SRO Sprint Series from the Circuit of the Americas just last week, this weekend's race will consist of the sole AMR entry from Fred Roberts and his Recstuff Racing prepared car amongst the thirteen car entry.

When we enquired with CSJ Motorsport (AMR's North American strategic partner) as to why there was such a decline in team interest, the answer was simple - the hard concrete walls just off the racing line around the entirety of the temporary street circuit!!

Bronze ranked driver, Roberts ran his first Sprint races in the two fifty minute Sprint Series races of last weekend under the watchful eye of Generation AMR Pro driver Matt George. He has now returned to the UK so (if the event even goes ahead of course) this event will show up just how much he has learned in his return to the racetrack. Whilst the #89 car finished each race over last weekend, his best result came in Sundays Race 2 where he finished P13 overall and P8 in the Am class.

We wish everyone well with this and in more ways than one!

Photo credits - GT4 America / CSJ Motorsport
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