GT World Challenge America and GT4 America sees growth in AMR GT3 and GT4 entries

Thursday, February 11, 2021

With just three weeks to go before the opening rounds of the GT World Challenge America and GT4 America Series from Sonoma Raceway in California, the SRO organisers yesterday published their first provisional entry lists for their revised GT3/GT4 and GT4 only races.

With the GT World Challenge America runners again competing in two – 90-minute races across each weekend, the new GT America Sprint Series will see cars from both the GT3 and GT4 classes compete against each other for the first time whilst the GT4 America returns with its highly competitive GT4 style of racing.

Whilst Aston Martin Racing numbers have dropped slightly within the IMSA family of racing going into the new season, AMR Customer and Partner team participation looks like it will continue to flourish in SRO rules racing after the Flying Lizard’s Michael Dinan and Robbie Foley dominated both Sprint and Sprint X last season to secure most of the available Championship accolades by the end of the then COVID delayed 2020 season with their two AMR Vantage GT4’s.

Several teams have already gone public over the winter months with their transition to the AMR marque whilst others on the list have kept their intentions well under wraps – until now of course. Yesterday’s announcement by the SRO Series unfortunately only confirms the team, car and series it’s entered into and for accuracy’s sake, it’s probably best to only confirm all once they have been officially ratified by the SRO.

In a fourteen strong GTWCA Series, the Ian Lacey AMR Vantage GT3 of Drew Staveley and Frank Gannett has already been announced and seen testing in Utah this week having finally received their new car from Prodrive late last month. These guys step up from the Ford Mustang GT4 to the GT3 for 2021 and they will compete against Dinan/Foley who themselves both step across to the GT3 platform this year.

In GT America, we saw early announcements from GMG Racing having swapped to the AMR Vantage GT4, Notlad Racing with Rennsport 1 make a return to the SRO series and we also see another brand new AMR GT4 car for IMSA GTD team Heart of Racing as they enter the SRO GT4 domestic arena for the first time.

Then in GT4 America we see another exciting array of entries from GMG Racing, Notlad Racing with Rennsport 1, Bsport Racing, Heart of Racing, Dexter racing and WR Racing. From what we understand is, whilst some of these team names may be new to us, some of the names expected behind each steering wheel may not be.

Either way, news of this expected 100 car attendance at the opening round at Sonoma should figure no less than seven teams preparing and racing AMR machinery – all under the guiding eye of those at CSJ Motorsport of course as each series starts to work its way through the expected seven race weekend season.

It’s going to be another busy one from across the pond – but who’s complaining but with so much achieved last season, the pressure to succeed this season will on on their shoulders from the off.

Photo credits - GT4 America / Respective teams
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