Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams Achieve Three Class Wins and 11 Podiums in Successful SRO America Championships Competition Weekend at Circuit of the Americas
AUSTIN, Texas – Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams achieved three race victories with a total of 11 podiums in three SRO America Championships race series, during a successful weekend of competition at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA). George Kurtz and Colin Braun co-owned the # 04 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 at a Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by the AWS Pro-Am class victory on Sunday. The Mercedes-AMG GT4 RENNtech Motorsports and Murillo Racing teams shared the GT4 class wins on Saturday and Sunday respectively, in GT America powered by AWS and Pirelli GT4 America SprintX.
Kurtz and Braun’s victory on Sunday was the second of the 2021 season for the No.04 teammates. Later on Sunday, Kurtz solo drove a second Mercedes-AMG GT3 DXDT to a third place in the GT America class which ended on weekend.
DXDT’s pair of podiums were matched by Pro class competitors Winward Racing with a podium result in each of the 90-minute GT World Challenge races over the weekend.
Chris Ragnazzi, rookie pilot from RENNtech and SRO, also reached the podium. Ragnazzi joined Chouest in GT America’s victory lane on Saturday after a third place in the GT4 class in his # 39 RENNtech Mercedes-AMG GT3.
The other winner of the weekend’s race was the # 72 Mercedes-AMG GT4 Murillo Racing of Christian Szymczak and Kenny Murillo, which rose from 16th on the grid in Sunday’s Pirelli GT4 America race to victory in the Silver category and in second place overall. The victory was the second of the season for the No.72 team and the drivers after winning the Silver category at Sonoma Raceway in March.
Capstone Motorsports and co-drivers John Allen and Kris Wilson maintained their podium momentum at COTA with a second place in the Am class in the wet on Saturday in the # 16 Mercedes-AMG GT4 Capstone Motorsports. The No.16 team and the drivers also secured two podiums in Sonoma’s opener.
The next step for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams in the SRO America Championships is the third round of the 2021 season at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) from June 4-6.
Ross Chouest, Driver – Mercedes-AMG GT4 n ° 89 RENNtech Motorsports: “RENNtech and Mercedes-AMG have given us a great car to work with. It was really competitive there. My co-driver and trainer Aaron Povoledo did a great job. He was the fastest on the track and had an incredible ride all weekend. We have great chemistry in the team and everything has gone very well. It was a bit of a roller coaster with a lot of ups and downs, but we had four podiums including one win, so we’re going to take that.
Christian Szymczak, Driver – Mercedes-AMG GT4 n ° 72 Murillo Racing: “We are super happy. We didn’t think we could do that well starting from 16th place, so we were lucky. I just survived and felt like I did my job and give the car to Kenny and he did a fantastic job. We are very happy to be in the running. The Mercedes-AMG GT4 was fantastic. It sticks very well to the ground. It stays in your control for the entire distance of the race which is great. It handles fast sweepers very well.
Kris Wilson, Driver – Mercedes-AMG GT4 n ° 16 Capstone Motorsports: “The second is always good. It’s not P1, but it’s the best I guess. We were here last weekend on track so we did some setup work and got a good head start for the weekend. The weather conditions were intermittent until Saturday so you weren’t sure if you were going to have a wet or dry setup or what was going to happen during the session. We were, if not the fastest, one of the fastest in the rain. It worked great in the wet and the electronics worked great on the Mercedes-AMG GT4.