Racers Ready for Spa Francorchamps Challenge in Round 4 of GT Rivals Esports Invitational

1 May 2020 TCR, TC, TCA

Halfway into the first-ever SRO America esports competition, GT Rivals heads to virtual Belgium to host Round 4 at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps with a 34-car grid featuring 11 GT3 manufacturers. Home to SRO Motorsport Group’s prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa, the 19-turn, 4.32-mile circuit has a storied history with the famous combination of corners - Eau Rouge and Raidillon. 

Last week at Paul Ricard, Bryan Heitkotter took his second overall victory in GT Rivals in dominating fashion. Misano winner and sim racer Josh Staffin is the only other race winner and is not scheduled to be back in action until a later round for Champion Motorsports. Leaving the door open for new challengers to take down the Nissan GT-R GT3 Nismo of Heitkotter. 

With two runner-up finishes in a row, CrowdStrike Racing’s Kevin Boehm will look to continue his podium streak driving the Mercedes-AMG GT3. Dakota Dickerson is also a key contender, showing speed with his third place finish at Paul Ricard. Dickerson has shown he has the pace to compete at the front driving a Ferrari 488 GT3. 

In his first race on ACC, Kenny Murillo showed to be a contender and with a race under his belt could fight for the lead in the Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. This week, he’ll be joined by his real world co-driver Christian Szymczak in a second Mercedes-AMG GT3. 

Round 4 welcomes several other new drivers to GT Rivals including USAC National Midget Champion and World of Outlaws driver Logan Seavy. A master on dirt, the Californian will make his sports car debut in the virtual world with the USAC sanctioned SRO America series driving a Ferrari 488 GT3. 

NASCAR Xfinity and K&N Pro Series driver Will Rodgers will make his first start in GT Rivals. Rodgers is no stranger to SRO America, having won multiple races in the Pirelli World Challenge TCB category with Hale Motorsports. 

GT World Challenge America powered by AWS drivers Alfred Caiola and Brian Kaminsky join the fun, driving their One11 Competition Ferrari 488 GT3 machines. With Andretti Autosport Pirelli GT4 America driver Colin Mullan making his first start in the esports series driving a McLaren 720S GT3.

Aston Martin will feature five entrants with returning drivers Jason Alexandridis, Kevin Anderson, Don Belanger, James Pesek, and Alec Udell. The thunderous Bentleys are back with K-PAX Racing drivers Guy Cosmo and Patrick Byrne looking for luck to help them break into the Top 10 of the field. 

BMW is represented by Classic BMW drivers Toby Grahovic, Jacob Ruud, and Dirk Groeneveld. TC America driver Ruud is making his debut and will drive the BMW M6 GT3 in action for the first time. Nikko Reger and Jon Miller will take on Round 4 in the Ferrari 488 GT3. 

Honda racer Kyle Marcieili, who has quickly adapted to the sim racing world, being joined by Shelby Blackstock, Tom O’Gorman, and Karl Wittmer looking for redemption after a challenging round at Paul Ricard. 

Both Corey Lewis and Nelson Mason showed great speed last week in the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo in their first race. The two look to build off that experience to challenge for the podium at Spa. 

Joining Heitkotter in the Nissan GT-R GT3 Nismo, sim racer Takis Weekes returns after a 3rd place finish at Misano. His fellow Champion Motorsports teammate JT Tami returns to competition driving the Lexus RC-F GT3.  

The Porsche brand will feature real world Porsche customer racers’ Jason Bell and Derek DeBoer. They’ll be joined by K2R Motorsports driver Thomas Merrill and sim racer Dominic Guerin in the 991.2 GT3 R. 

GT Rivals Esports Invitational utilizes Assetto Corsa Competizione, developed by Kunos Simulazioni and published by 505 Games, featuring the real atmosphere of the GT World Challenge powered by AWS series. Designed for esports, Assetto Corsa Competizione is bringing sim racers into an immersive experience behind the wheels of today’s top GT3 racers. 

Tune-in this Sunday at 3pm ET on SRO channels to catch all the action. Don’t miss out on our exclusive giveaways. This week will feature an ASUS TUF Gaming motherboard as well as PC versions of Assetto Corsa Competizione. 

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