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GMG Porsche Returns for Sonoma

Eight cars set for this weekend’s GT World Challenge America powered by AWS round…

Photo: Brian Cleary/SRO

GMG Racing will make its return to GT World Challenge America powered by AWS competition this weekend at Sonoma Raceway, with James Sofronas and Jeroen Bleekemolen having been entered for the third event of the season.

Present at the season-opener at Circuit of The Americas in March, the duo will again line up in the No. 14 Porsche 911 GT3 R, which is one of eight GT3-spec cars due to take part in the pair of 90-minute races.

The entry list, released late last week by SRO America, features nine cars although Winward Racing’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 is not scheduled to make the trip to California due to logistics reasons.

It has resulted in the same number of cars that took part in the series’ return to racing at Virginia International Raceway earlier this month.

DXDT Racing’s Colin Braun and George Kurtz, who are coming off their maiden overall GTWC America win in Virginia, are tied for the GT3 Pro-Am points lead with Squadra Corse’s Martin Fuentes and Rodrigo Baptista.

While the Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo won the second round at VIR, Fuentes and Baptista claimed top class honors in Race 2 at COTA in their No. 1 Ferrari 488 GT3.

Round 3 winners Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey sit third in the title race in their No. 80 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 Evo, while teammates Trent Hindman and Shelby Blackstock will once again be the only Silver class pairing in the field.

TR3 Racing’s Ferrari will feature a new lineup of Jeff Segal and Ziad Ghandor, who took part in the COTA season-opener.

It is one of the six entries in GT3 Pro-Am, with the No. 20 Wright Motorsports Porsche of Max Root and Fred Poordad ending up as the lone GT3 Am entrant this weekend.

GT Sports Club America Entries Boost Overall Grid

GTWC America competitors will again be joined by GT Sports Club America cars for the first 40 minutes of each race. 

Ryan Gates, who swept the weekend in the series’ debut at VIR, is back in the No. 311 311RS Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport.

It is one of four GT2-spec Porsches entered, including a third GMG Racing entry for Kyle Washington. 

Track activity kicks off on Thursday with a pair of test sessions following the start of official action with practice on Friday.

Race 1 of the weekend is scheduled for Saturday at 1:45 p.m. PT, with Race 2 on Sunday at 1:15 p.m., both of which 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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