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Kurtz Drive-Through Penalty Rescinded; Elevated to Second

CrowdStrike Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo picks up second place class finish after speeding penalty error…

Photo: Brian Cleary/SRO

The drive-through penalty for George Kurtz in Race 2 of GT World Challenge America powered by AWS at Sonoma Raceway has been rescinded, giving the CrowdStrike-sponsored Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo a second place class finish.

Kurtz was initially assessed the penalty while running second overall in Sunday’s 90-minute race.

However, in a stewards’ decision issued late Sunday, SRO America found that the GPS timing system had produced a report with “erroneous pit lane speed data” for the No. 04 DXDT entry.

It resulted in the car being credited post-race for 42 seconds, the time calculated for a drive-through penalty.

Kurtz and Braun have now finished fourth overall and second in the Pro-Am class as a result.

The car had initially crossed the line in sixth overall but was moved to fifth after a post-race penalty for the No. 24 TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 of Ziad Ghandour, who made contact with Kurtz while battling for position on the final lap.

RESULTS: Race 2 (Revised)

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