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Large GT4 America Contingent Set for 24H COTA

Strong entry from GT4 America set to do battle in 24H COTA next month…

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A large contingent of Pirelli GT4 America competitors are set to tackle next month’s 24H COTA, with up to a dozen cars from the North American series expected for the season-ending round of the 24H Series Continents powered by Hankook.

The 40-plus overall entry list for the Nov. 16-17 enduro at Circuit of The Americas will feature numerous championship-winning teams and drivers from SRO Motorsports America competition.

Newly crowned GT4 America SprintX Pro-Am champions Stephen Cameron Racing has entered its BMW M4 GT4 alongside title rivals nolasport, which will have three of its Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsports, including an entry for Jason Hart, Matt Travis and Mike Vess.

Champions from both GT4 America SprintX West categories — ST Racing (Pro-Am) and Rearden Racing (Am) are also due to take part, including a five-driver lineup from the Samatha Tan-led outfit.

Harry Gottsacker, who teamed with Jon Miller for the GT4 West Pro-Am title, will be joined by Samatha Tan, Jason Wolfe, Anthony Lazzaro and John Boyd in the team’s BMW GT4 entry.

“I am really looking forward to my first 24H Series race at COTA,” Gottsacker said. “This is a home race for me, and one that I have been looking forward two since the ST Racing team asked me to join their lineup.

“We are rookies in the 24H Series, but I think we will he able to fight for the podium in our first endurance event as a team.”

Rearden, which won the GT4 West Am title with Jeff Burton and Vesko Kozarov, has yet to announce drivers for its two-car Audi R8 LMS GT4 entry.

They will be joined by fellow GT4 America competitors USRD (Ginetta G55 GT4), RENNtech Motorsports (Mercedes-AMG GT4) and Racers Edge Motorsports (SIN R1 GT4), with the Jon Mirachi-led team having taken drivers Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey to the Blancpain GT World Challenge GT3 Pro-Am title last weekend.

Ross Smith, Marco and Dan DiLeo are listed in Racers Edge’s SIN for the COTA event.

IMSA Teams Also Represented on Entry List

The COTA enduro will also feature several regulars from IMSA competition, including Michelin Pilot Challenge race-winning squad Winward Racing 

The Texas-based team will make its second consecutive start with its Mercedes GT4 for Bryce and Russell Ward, Philip Ellis and Kris Wilson.

“I am really looking forward to getting back to racing at COTA,” said Russel Ward. “I love this event and look forward to it every year.

“We have a very competitive lineup and the speed will be there. Hopefully we can put it all together and redeem ourselves for the past.”

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama regulars Kelly-Moss Racing and JDX Racing are also listed with Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge cars.

Park Place Motorsports, which is currently entered with a Porsche 911 GT3 R in the overall A6 class, has yet to confirm its entry, according to the team’s director of operations Mike Johnson.

They would join the already-confirmed Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 that will be driven by WeatherTech Championship GTD regulars Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Felipe Fraga and Cooper MacNeil.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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