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O’Connell Inherits Race 2 Win After Chouest Penalty

Johnny O’Connell takes GT America Race 2 win at Sonoma after Chouest Mercedes-AMG flunks tech…

Photo: SKI Autosports

Johnny O’Connell has inherited victory of the second GT America powered by AWS race of the weekend following a post-race technical infraction for the No. 50 Chouest Povoledo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo of Ross Chouest.

Chouest’s race-winning Mercedes-AMG was found to have been under the minimum weight in technical inspection, giving the win to the No. 3 SKI Autosports Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II of O’Connell.

The No. 50 Mercedes-AMG has been moved to the rear of the finishing field in the SRO3 class, which has promoted the No. 14 GMG Racing Audi of James Sofronas to second and the No. 04 CrowdStrike by Riley Mercedes-AMG of George Kurtz to third in the SRO3 class.

Stewards also assessed a penalty to the GT4 second-place class finishing No. 69 Archangel Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Todd Coleman, which was found to not have had the required 2 kg of fuel on-board during post-race inspection.

The team has been fined $1,500 as a result, with escalating fines for further infractions to the Mike Johnson-led operation in the races to come.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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