Second class win and championship lead for Smooge Racing in the US

Last weekend, Smooge Racing celebrated its second class win with its GR Supra GT4 in the Pirelli GT4 America. In Saturday’s race at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA), Smooge Racing drivers John Geesbreght and Kevin Conway crossed the finish line first in the Am class and eighth overall. The Texas-based team had started the wet race, which was temporarily red-flagged for a lengthy guardrail repair following an accident, in fifth.

In the second race, the #68 GR Supra GT4 again led the Am classification and was tenth overall after the driver change, but then lost time due to a drive-through penalty imposed for falling short of the minimum pit stop time. Smooge Racing eventually finished fourth in its class and 17th overall. With these results, Smooge Racing took the Am championship lead in both teams’ and drivers’ championships. Forbush Performance finished ninth and eighth respectively in the Am class with the #18 GR Supra GT4.

In the Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie (NLS), Ring Racing set a new fastest qualifying time for the GR Supra GT4 on the Nordschleife with a lap time of 8:37.060 minutes. The German team thus secured third on the grid in the SP10 class. In the race, Andreas Gülden immediately took the SP10 lead and drove the fastest race lap in his class. With a comfortable lead of more than 30 seconds he handed over the wheel to his team-mate Michael Tischner. But only a few laps later, a technical issue caused the premature end of the race.

The SP3 class saw a new customer team taking part with the #269 Toyota GT86 driven by Anton Bauer and Sebastian Geisel. Despite an eventful race debut, the Crazy Monkeys teams finished on the class podium. Following a contact with another competitor they even had to repair the rear axle but, thanks to a strong team effort, the mechanics managed to repair the damage. The effort paid off and the new team crossed the finish line in second place. The second Toyota GT86, however, was less fortunate. The Belgian team Pit Lane retired prematurely after 14 laps with a technical issue.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Sweden continued its preparation for the GT4 Scandinavia season by entering a Time Attack event at the Knutstorp Ring. The GR Supra GT4 was the fastest GT4 car in the field and saw the chequered flag in second place, only beaten by a GT3 car.