GT Academy Winners in Action This Weekend

June 23rd, 2012 by Andrew Evans

As the 2012 GT Academy qualifier draws to a close, the most recent graduates are in action again on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

Racing yesterday at Road America in Wisconsin was Bryan Heitkotter and his teammate BJ Zacharias. Running in the Grand Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Bryan managed to secure a second successive front row start for the #14 Doran Racing 370Z with a 2’24.144 laptime – just 0.029s from pole – and only had one lap in which to set the time! The team managed to bring the car home seventh overall, after seven cautions in the 2hr30 race – including one on the opening lap following a massive start line crash in the ST class.

Over in the United Kingdom, Jann Mardenborough and Alex Buncombe are competing in the 4th Round of the British GT series at the Brands Hatch GP Circuit in Kent. Following this afternoon’s qualifying, the team start in 10th place overall – setting a laptime of 1’26.333, half a second from pole. The 2 hour race gets underway at 13.10 UTC/GMT on Sunday 24th June and with the team fifth in the championship they will be keen for their maiden win this season!

Those of you wishing to join Jann, Bryan, Lucas and Jordan have a little over 28 hours to get your times in and all players must be registered to move forward to the next round of the competition. Please remember to fill out the required forms on your local website.

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  1. Jun. 24, 9:40pm

    The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series race from Road America is usually the entire crash tape for the season. Kevin Doran’s team has been doing a good job thus far this season.

  2. Jun. 24, 12:54pm

    Excellent race at Brands. I was marshalling at Sheene Curve and watched a good battle between 1st, 2nd & 3rd.

  3. Jun. 24, 11:05am
    Sergio Perez

    Sitting on the couch here watching brother Golding all of these challenges in 3 hours… IS THIS REALLY THAT HARD? if u don’t have a PSN u really out. Your missing on more Nissans with GT Acadamy stickers. Unless some of you like Nissan Leafs I know some of you find that titillating…

    • Jun. 24, 11:06am
      Sergio Perez

      Ur not missing out I mean*

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  5. Jun. 23, 5:46pm

    We need Road America (and Atlanta!) in Gran Turismo! Two phenomenal circuits!

    • Jun. 23, 10:13pm

      +1000 to this (but I’m not gonna go on and on about it like most)

      Was at the track for the last three days and missed him each time were in the paddock, but had a great view for practice, qualifying (before getting hit by a rainstorm, thus only one lap), and the race from last night. He beat out a lot of fast cars.

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  7. Jun. 23, 2:41pm

    Great Job for Bryan, Shame the restarts killed them but nontheless a brilliant job.

    • Jun. 23, 10:14pm

      Ya nk. I think they spent more time under caution than racing :-(

    • Jun. 24, 12:14am

      It’s great shame of hearing these restarts because of the weather and a crash :(. But this isn’t going to stop Bryan nor the rest of the guys in Team GT Academy :). Keep up the great work guys. I know I’m not going to be in the finals for the US GTA 2012 (don’t have a passport), but I’ll be ready for next year. ;)

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