GT World Challenge America and GT4 America visit Nola Motorsport Park for the first time this weekend

Tuesday, May 17, 2022


The next round of the SRO America GT series takes place this weekend at a differing race venue than first envisaged and again with a split attendance from just two of its three available series.

Having been planned to compete at the still yet to be completed Ozarks International Raceway, the GT World Challenge America and GT4 America Series will this time compete at the Nola Motorsport Park in Louisiana for the first time as the GT America takes a time out having competed by themselves earlier in the year at St Petersburg.

With both series having started their 2022 season out at Sonoma on the west coast a month ago, we can again expect to see the #12 Ian Lacey prepared Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 of Drew Staveley and Frank Gannett Pro-Am entry amongst the twenty listed cars within the GT World Challenge America Series.

Sonoma again came along a bit too quick for the squad after delays from a late winter rebuild following an accident at the end of last season left them with little to no time to prepare but the team have been out testing at various locations since.

In GT4 America and its thirty-one entries are just the five Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4’s from the full season entrants of Bsport Racing, Heart of Racing, GMG Racing, Flying Lizards and the Chouest Povoledo Racing teams.

Last time out at Sonoma proved itself to be successful for the #15 Bsport AMR of Bryan Putt and Kenton Koch after they secured a double Pro-Am class win by the end of that weekends two one-hour races, a debut class P3 class podium during Saturday’s race for the #50 Flying Lizard car of Elias Sabo and Andy Lee and a P2 Pro-Am podium for Aaron Povoledo and Ross Chouest in their #50 car at the end of race 2.

The #25 Heart of Racing crew of Gary Newell and Ian James will be hoping for better fortunes as with only one chassis available at Sonoma by virtue of their second car still in transit back from the Dubai 24hr earlier this year, accident damage for Newell in GT America’s second race in California forced them to miss the second GT4 America race.

Whilst Jason Bell has enjoyed success in the opening rounds of the GT America Series, his exploits so far in the parallel GT4 America Series with Andrew Davis have so for been hard graft as, despite the success of their AMR stablemates around them, they only managed to score two P6 finishes at Sonoma.

The #888 Zelus Motorsport AMR GT4 that competed at Sonoma is not listed for this event.

Photo credits – Teams / GT4 America / GTWCA
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