Second round of SRO GT4 American from VIR next weekend

Sunday, July 05, 2020

With mainstream GT racing now thankfully back underway in North America with the IMSA Weathertech Championship getting back down to business at the weekend at Daytona, this coming weekend sees the SRO's GT4 America Series do likewise at the very picturesque circuit of Virginia International Raceway in North Carolina.

Having opened their season from the Circuit of the Americas way back in early March, another heavily revised calendar was forced upon the Series soon after as COVID-19 struck down the United States, forcing many States into lockdown. Since then, only a small amount of private testing has been undertaken by some of the teams.

Looking forward to this weekend's second round see a combination of four Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 teams enter cars into both of the Sprint and Sprint X races - three cars amongst the fifteen car grid of the single driver, fifty minute race with another four cars in the longer, mandatory pit stop and driver change Sprint X races alongside the sixteen other expected entries.

Rearden Racing come back with the most cars as Paul Terry returns with his #59 car whilst it appears that Jeff Burton comes back with his now two AMR car collection as he races in both classes, this time being joined again by his long time co-driver Vesko Kozarov for the Sprint X races.

Next on the list is the Flying Lizard team as they return with their customer driver Michael Dinan and his two cars as he again races race one car in Sprint and then another car in the Sprint X alongside his Pro co-driver Robby Foley.

The balance of the AMR grid is made up of the BSport Racing Vantage of Bryan Putt and Kenton Koch and the Rennsport One Aston of Joe Dalton and Pat Gallagher. The only car missing from the VIR entry list from that who competed in the opening round is that of Fred Roberts is finds himself sadly locked away back home in Canada, unable to travel into the USA without having to spend two weeks in self isolation at either end of his journey south.

Last time out, Rearden's Paul Terry and Flying Lizards Michael Dinan shared the Am Class podiums after some fantastic racing between them in race one before swapping positions after some more action and late passes in race two. For Dinan, there was an additional podium for him and Foley in the Pro/Am class of the second Sprint X race.

Whilst that is obviously bad news for him, we hear that he will also be extending his coaching relationship with a UK based driver as the season progresses through August to October. All teams will again be supported by AMR's North American partner in CSJ Motorsport.

Track action starts on Wednesday with the first of the Free Practice sessions before the races in both classes spears over both Saturday and Sunday. We understand that the whole event will be conducted behind closed doors!

Photo credits - GT4 America
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