Fanatec GT World Problem America headed for Sebring
The penultimate race weekend of the 2022 Fanatec GT World Problem America powered by AWS season heads to central Florida for 2 races on the well-known, 3.74-mile stretch of ex-military base tarmac at Sebring Worldwide Raceway. The notoriously bumpy circuit is a real problem for each driver and machine to set the stage for the ultimate few rounds of the 2022 season.
Heading into the weekend, the combat to observe will probably be between Florida natives Racers Edge Motorsports towards out-of-towners Wright Motorsports and CrowdStrike w/ Riley Motorsports. The trio are in an epic three-way battle for the highest spot within the Professional-Am championship. They’re no strangers to this observe, both — Wright grabbed the Professional-Am win in Race 1 in 2021 with its Porsche, whereas Racers Edge took the win in Race 2 with its Acura. This time round, they’ll have eight different Professional-Am groups to take care of in the event that they’d wish to repeat their success.
When all the mixed SRO international occasions are summed up, we are actually 35 races into an incredible 49-race sequence, the place producers factors are gathered throughout the best racetracks of Europe, America, Australia, and Asia. Heading into Sebring, Mercedes-AMG, leads Audi Sport and Ferrari.
Okay-PAX Racing understands the Sebring’s high-speed circuit, having swept the weekend right here in 2021 with Jordan Pepper and Andrea Caldarelli on the wheel of the No. 3 Lamborghini. This 12 months, the duo is cut up, with Caldarelli and Michele Beretta piloting the No. 1 Lamborghini Huracan GT3, and Pepper teaming up with Misha Goikhberg within the No. 3 Lamborghini Huracan GT3. This might imply some front-of-the-pack, intra-team squabbling is in retailer whereas they work to completely extinguish another crew’s hopes on the 2022 championship. However as everyone knows, and have been reminded of this season (particularly at Watkins Glen): it’s not over till it’s over.
After some unhealthy luck in Race 1 at Highway America, the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 (Michael Dinan/Robby Foley) will probably be again to make sure no win is simply too simple, as will late-season newcomers Conquest Racing with its No. 34 Ferrari 488 GT3 (Manny Franco/Alessandro Balzan).
This class has not solely been probably the most populous class of the Fanatec GT World Problem America season, however has additionally seen probably the most drama. Nowhere is that extra obvious than the factors possessed by the highest three groups within the championship thus far: No. 45 Wright Motorsport’s Jan Heylen and Charlie Luck lead over the No. 93 Racers Edge Motorsports drivers’ Ashton Harrison and Mario Farnbacher and No. 04 Crowdstrike Racing by Riley Motorsports’ George Kurtz and Colin Braun, with simply 4 factors separating first to 3rd. Any one of many groups might depart Sebring because the factors chief, however the championship won’t be determined till the 8-Hour season finale at Indy.
Wright scored their two race wins within the opening rounds at Sonoma, whereas CrowdStrike has three wins at three totally different tracks. The Racers Edge crew might have the momentum having simply swept the Highway America weekend.
Simply behind in fourth and fifth are the No. 94 BimmerWorld BMW M4 GT3 (Chandler Hull/Invoice Auberlen) and the No. 63 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 (David Askew/Dirk Muller).
This will probably be a large open battle for race wins and championship factors. The high-speed straights at Sebring might favor the big-block V8 Mercedes over its turbocharged six-cylinder-engined rivals from Acura and BMW. however Sebring additionally options some awfully technical sections, too. That’s the fantastic thing about Fanatec GT World Problem America — the wide range of producers, chassis, and energy vegetation ensures a number of the most thrilling skilled sports activities automobile racing in North America.
The No. 23 Triarsi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3 pushed by Onofrio Triarsi and Charlie Scardina has already clinched the Am championship with eight wins from ten races.
Triarsi’s accomplished an superior job this season, claiming some ending positions method in entrance of Professional-Am rivals, and never too far off from their No. 13 Ferrari 488 GT3 Professional-Am sister automobile of Justin Wetherill and Ryan Dalziel. In reality, they completed proper behind the No. 13 in Race 2 at Watkins Glen.
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