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18 Entries for Sonoma Season Opener

SRO America releases entry list for next weekend’s season opener at Sonoma Raceway…

Photo: Regis Lefebure/SRO

A total of 18 cars are entered for next weekend’s Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS season opener at Sonoma Raceway.

The entry list, released by SRO America on Friday, is headlined by five Pro class entries, as well as the series debuts for the new Ferrari 296 GT3 and Type-992 Porsche 911 GT3 R.

While 2022 Pro class champions K-PAX Racing will not return to defend their title, Pro-Am champions Racers Edge Motorsports will step up to the top class with its Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 for Ashton Harrison and Mario Farnbacher.

They will be joined by fellow Pro class efforts from MDK Motorsports (Porsche), Conquest Racing (Ferrari), RS1 (Porsche) and BimmerWorld (BMW M4 GT3).

Of note, Alessandro Balzan will mount a full-season campaign alongside Manny Franco in Conquest’s new Prancing Horse, while Tom Dyer joins James Sofronas at the wheel of GMG’s Audi.

Pro-Am features a series-high 12 entries, including previously announced efforts from CrowdStrike by Riley (Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo), TRG (Aston Martin Vantage GT3), GMG Racing (Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II), ACI Motorsports (Porsche), Esses Racing (Mercedes), ST Racing (BMW) and the two-car effort from Wright Motorsports (Porsche).

DXDT Racing will continue as a two-car Mercedes operation but with an adjusted lineup with Bryan Sellers and Scott Smithson in the No. 08 car and Jeff Burton joining the team alongside Corey Lewis in the No. 91 entry.

Former Lamborghini entrant TR3 Racing has switched to Mercedes-AMG, with Daniel Morad and Ziad Ghandour at the wheel.

Triarsi Competizione, meanwhile, will field a solo Ferrari for Ryan Dalziel and Justin Wetherill, also in Pro-Am.

The lone Am class entry comes from Bartone Bros Racing by RealTime, another Mercedes-AMG, for Anthony Bartone and Andy Pilgrim. The duo contested last month’s GT America powered by AWS season opener at St. Pete in separate entries.

Official on-track action begins on Fri., March 31. Race 1 goes green Sat., April 1, at 3:05 p.m. PT and the weekend comes to a close with Race 1, which begins at 2:15 p.m. Races will be streamed live on SRO’s GT World YouTube page.

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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