- Weekend sweep for George Kurtz, Colin Braun in Fanatec GT World Challenge America
- Kevin Boehm, Kenton Koch take first win in Pirelli GT4 America
- CJ Moses returns to GT America with GT2 victories
ALTON, Va. (June 21, 2023) – CrowdStrike Racing enjoyed another strong weekend at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) with five victories in seven races across SRO Motorsports America competition.
Highlights of the weekend included:
The high point of the event weekend came when Kurtz and Braun swept both of the GT World Challenge America Pro-Am rounds – including an overall victory Sunday to wrap up the weekend. Both races were flag-to-flag victories for the No. 04 CrowdStrike Mercedes-AMG GT3. Kurtz started and comfortably drove the first 42 minutes before handing off to Braun, who took the checkered flag in class by nearly 20 seconds.
The roles reversed Sunday with Braun beginning first in class and second overall. He held those positions before handing over to Kurtz, who emerged from the pitlane with the overall lead and won by 1.416 seconds. The two victories unofficially put them within four points of the Pro-Am Drivers Championship lead. It gives the Kurtz/Braun pairing incredible momentum heading into the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa next week, especially coming off an LMP2 Pro-Am victory last weekend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The victory Saturday in Pirelli GT4 America for Boehm and Koch was just as tense. The duo in the Random Vandals Racing CrowdStrike/AWS BMW captured their long-awaited first win in the series in dramatic fashion.
Boehm started on the front row and held position through the driver change just prior to the 30-minute mark. Koch emerged from pitlane less than a second from the lead and eventually took the position with a daring move 20 minutes later. He went on to win by 0.262 seconds.
The pairing just missed a runner-up finish on Sunday, but gained valuable momentum heading into the summer break.
In GT America Powered by AWS, both Kurtz and Moses climbed the class podium. Moses made his first two starts in the series of this season with GMG Racing’s No. 58 CrowdStrike/AWS Audi R8 LMS GT2. He captured class wins in both races at VIR, where he’d formerly served as a driving instructor.
Kurtz recorded a third-place finish in Saturday’s race in a caution-filled 40 minutes. He began eighth but made up three spots through the first 12 minutes and two caution periods. He picked up two more positions before the race’s fourth full-course caution with four minutes to go ended the race.
CrowdStrike Racing’s next event in SRO Motorsports America is the Music City Grand Prix in early August.
CrowdStrike Racing by Riley next competes at the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa from Thursday, June 29 through Sunday, July 2. Live coverage – including a streaming on-board of the No. 4 CrowdStrike Mercedes-AMG GT3 – plus timing & scoring will be available at CrowdStrike24HoursofSpa.com and SRO’s GT World YouTube channel.
George Kurtz, No. 04 CrowdStrike Mercedes-AMG GT3 – On GT America win: "We were very happy with our strong results this past weekend. CrowdStrike Racing by Riley gave us a great car and as a result we had a great race. The competition was fierce, but our team brought their A-game and built on the momentum we started in Le Mans the weekend prior. Colin and I are looking forward to carrying this energy into the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa."
Colin Braun, No. 04 CrowdStrike Mercedes-AMG GT3: “This is great. I’m super-proud of the job George did this weekend. We had a fast car all week, and I’m really proud of these CrowdStrike Riley guys. It’s been a great last couple of weeks with the Le Mans win, the win Saturday and the overall win Sunday. It’s pretty special for George and me, but also for all the CrowdStrike folks and those that support this program. What a week!”
Kevin Boehm, No. 92 CrowdStrike/AWS BMW M4 GT4: "We expected some success a little earlier. We've been fast all year, and there have been several times where it didn't happen for reasons beyond our control. Now that we've had an event and rolled with everything the way it's supposed to work, we could show what we could do. Hats off to Kenton for a heck of a pass. What a cool way to get Random Vandals on the top of the podium plus CrowdStrike, AWS and everyone involved. It feels great to get the result that we've all been working so hard for all season long."
CJ Moses, No. 58 CrowdStrike/AWS Audi R8 LMS GT2: “It’s a blast to drive this car at this circuit. I had a great time being back in GT America at VIR. This is such a fun place to race and I wouldn’t miss it for anything. It’s a challenging dynamic competing with GT3 cars that are better aerodynamically but also with the slower GT4 cars. I tried to be careful and keep things clean, and I’m happy that for the most part we did just that.”
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