Free Practice Fast Fest for Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS

Free Practice Fast Fest for Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS
  • Harrison, Farnbacher Fastest in PRO
  • Kurtz, Braun Top Charts in PRO-AM
  • PRO-AM Field Leads Session Overall
  • Results

Practice One kicked off the day for the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS. The session smoothly followed the tempered beat of fast laps followed by pit stops as teams gaged the needed changes to compete at NOLA Motorsports Park.

The 2.75-mile 16-turns plays host to the SRO Motorsport America for the second year in a row. The drivers adding their own unique sound to the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, already filled with artists performing at Jazz Fest. Not to be outdone the Fanatec GT World Challenge America series was named an event to be at by local ABC and FOX affiliate stations.

Round Two winners Ashton Harrison and Mario Farnbacher in the No. 93 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 lead the class with a lap of 1:35.278. Alessandro Balzan with Manny Franco in the No. 21 Conquest Racing with Ferrari, Ferrari 296 GT3 followed closely behind. Chandler Hull and Bill Auberlen in the No. 94 BimmerWorld BMW M4 GT3 were third in the class. Steven McAleer and Eric Filgueiras in the No. 28 RS1 Porsche GT3 R 992 and Trenton Estep with Seth Lucas in the No. 53 MDK Motorsports Porsche GT3 R 992 capped the class in its first official session on track.

Colin Braun with co-driver George Kurtz picked up where they left off at Sonoma Raceway. Race Two winners in the No. 04 Crowdstrike by Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3 topped the time chart overall with a 1:34.636. Jan Heylen and Charlie Luck in the No. 45 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R laid down a lap of 1.34.859 followed closely by Valentin Hassee-Clot and Derek DeBoer in the No. 007 TRG Aston Martin Vantage AMR who claimed a 1:35.015. Samantha Tan and John Edwards in the No. 9 ST Racing BMW M4 GT3 turned a lap time of 1:35.082. Daniel Morad and Ziad Ghandour No. 9 TR3 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 rounded out the top five in the class, which also translated to the top five overall. 

Practice Two takes place at NOLA Motorsports Park at 3:15 p.m. CT to close out the series day. Saturday, April 29 begins with qualifying taking place at 9 a.m. sharp. 

All qualifying and race sessions are streamed live on the GT World YouTube page. Join Ash Vandelay on Twitch by following the SROMotorsports channel. Vandelay hosts six-hour programs Saturday and Sunday, where she is joined by drivers while chatting with fans and giving an interesting insight into that day's races.

Tickets are on-sale at with enhanced offerings including the Patriot Car Corral, recently announced car show – NOLA Motor Showoff presented by The Bomb Factory – and trackside camping. Starting at just $10, its fun for the whole family with kids 12 and under free with paid adult.