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Racers Edge Acura Claims Sunday Victory at COTA

Ashton Harrison, Mario Farnbacher claim overall honors in Race 2 at COTA…

Photo: Chris Green/Racers Edge

Ashton Harrison helped take Racers Edge Motorsports to its first overall win of the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS season, overcoming mixed conditions in the closing stages of Sunday’s race at Circuit of The Americas.

Harrison, who shared driving duties with Mario Farnbacher, drove the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 to a 2.417-second victory over the No. 28 RS1 Porsche 911 GT3 R of Eric Filgueiras and Stevan McAleer, with an impressive late-race charge by Filgueiras.

The No. 120 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Elliott Skeer and Adam Adelson, meanwhile, claimed a sweep of the weekend in the Pro-Am class with a third place overall finish.

While Skeer held command for the majority of the opening stint, a slow pit stop saw Adelson emerge in third, behind the No. 9 TR3 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo of Ziad Ghandour and Harrison.

Ghandour quickly dropped down the running order as he struggled for grip on a damp track, which opened the door for the No. 007 TRG Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Derek DeBoer, who had been running in third until the final stanza.

DeBoer and Valentin Hasse-Clot finished fourth overall and second in Pro-Am, with Seth Lucas completing the top-five in the No. 53 MDK Motorsports Porsche.

Charlie Luck faded to sixth at the checkered flag after running in Pro-Am podium contention but still came home ahead of Samantha Tan and Jeff Burton, for Wright Motorsports and DXDT Racing respectively.

A drive-through penalty for an improper start procedure from Ryan Dalziel, who briefly led, dashed hopes of a top finish for the No. 33 Triarsi Competizione Ferrari 296 GT3, despite Dalziel setting the race’s fastest lap.

Dalziel and co-driver Justin Wetherill were classified ninth overall.

The No. 04 CrowdStrike by Riley Mercedes of Colin Braun, which started on pole, meanwhile, retired early in the running with engine issues.

It was the race’s only retirement in the 16-car field, with the No. 21 Conquest Racing Ferrari not having started Sunday’s contest due to unrepairable damage following Manny Franco’s accident with Chandler Hull in Race 1 race that led to a pit lane start for the No. 94 BimmerWorld BMW M4 GT3.

RESUTS: Race 2

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