George Kurtz has scored a come-from-behind victory in the inaugural GT America powered by AWS race at Sonoma Raceway.
The DXDT Racing driver drove his No. 04 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo to a 5.90-second win over the No. 45 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Charlie Luck despite serving a drive-through penalty for a jumped start.
Kurtz had nearly a 20-second lead prior to serving the penalty, which initially dropped him to fifth overall prior to a late-race charge.
He got around Luck for the lead with less than ten minutes remaining in the 40-minute single-driver sprint race.
Luck scored GT3 Masters honors with his runner-up finish while Jason Harward, in his pro racing debut, came home third overall in the No. 88 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.
Kyle Washington was fourth in the No. 14 GMG Racing Porsche, benefitting from a pair of spins by the Rearden Racing Lamborghinis of Jeff Burton and Dmitri Novikov.
GT4 class honors went to the No. 119 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4 of Sean Quinlan, who led from flag-to-flag.
Quinlan finished 5.254 seconds ahead of Robb Holland’s Ford Mustang GT4 and the No. 2 GMG Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Jason Bell, who completed the class podium in third.
Jason Daskalos, who started second overall in his Audi R8 LMS ultra, was one of two cars not to finish due to damage sustained in the race.
Race 2 gets underway Sunday at 8:45 a.m. PT (11:45 a.m. ET).