Blancpain GT World Challenge America in Austin

by James Stacy on March 18, 2019 in Lifestyle, Sports, Living Texas, Austin,

On a chilly, overcast weekend, North America’s top production car-based series returned to Austin for three days of intense racing action March 1-3. Now you can explore this spring challenge, which brought over 100 incredible cars featuring manufacturers like Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Nissan, Porsche and more to the Circuit of the Americas.

All photography courtesy James Stacy.

Friday, March 1

The preview and practice day was free to the public to view from COTA’s paddock.

The No. 26 Andretti Autosport McLaren 570S GT4 driven by Jarett Andretti and Karl Thomson during practice of the 2019 Pirelli GT4 America at the Circuit of the Americas. Photo James Stacy
GMG Racing’s Audi R8 LMS GT4 driven by Jason Bell and Alec Udell. Photo James Stacy
The No. 3 Audi R8 LMS GT4 driven by Adam Poland and Andy Pilgrim of Doghouse Performance. Photo James Stacy
Precision Driving Tech’s BMW M4 GT4 driven by Marko Radisic and Karl Wittmer. Photo James Stacy
USRD’s No.5 Ginetta G55 driven by Casey Dennis and Jeff Bader loses control at turn 19. Photo James Stacy
Vital Speed Motorsports’ Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Rich and Trevor Baek. Photo James Stacy
Henry Schmitt and Gregory Liefooghe pilot the no.87 BMW F13 M6 GT3 from BMW of San Francisco. Photo James Stacy
Martin Fuentes and Caesar Bacarella in the Squadra Corse Garage Italia Ferrari 488 GT3. Photo James Stacy
Andy Pilgrim in the Doghouse Performance Audi R8 LMS GT4. Photo James Stacy
Nelson Chan locking up the rear end of the Alphasonic Motorsport Audi Sport RS3 LMS during practice. Photo James Stacy

Saturday, March 2

The No. 9 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3 driven by Alvaro Parente and Andy Soucek during the first race of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge America at the Circuit of the Americas. Photo James Stacy
The No. 51 Panoz Avezzano GT from Team Panoz Racing driven by Preston Calvert and Matt Keegan. Photo James Stacy
Classic BMW’s BMW M4 GT4 driven by Justin Raphael and Stevan McAleer. Photo James Stacy
RENNtech Motorsports’ Mercedes AMG GT4 driven by Reinhold Renger and Austin native Parker Chase. Photo James Stacy
BGB Motorsports Group Porsche Cayman GT4 CS-MR driven by Thomas Collingwood and John Tecce. Photo James Stacy
Andretti Autosport’s McLAren 570S GT4 driven by Jarett Andretti and Karl Thomson. Photo James Stacy
No.80 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX driven by Martin Barkey. Photo James Stacy
R.Ferri Motorsports Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Miguel Molina and Toni Vilander. Photo James Stacy
Stephen Cameron Racing BMW F13 M6 GT3 driven by Henry Schmitt and Gregory Liefooghe. Photo James Stacy
Risi Competitizione’s Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Pierre Mulacek and Anthony Lazzaro. Photo James Stacy

Sunday, March 3

Austinite Parker Chase, driving for RENNtech Motorsports, in the No. 89 Mercedes-AMG GT4 before the 2019 Pirelli GT4 America at the Circuit of the Americas. Photo James Stacy
The 2019 TC America winner Mason Filippi in the No.12 TFB Hyundai Veloster N TCR. Photo James Stacy
Auto Technic Racing’s BMW M4GT4 driven by Kris Wilson. Photo James Stacy
RENNtech Motorsports’ Mercedes-AMG GT4 driven by Reinhold Renger and Parker Chase. Photo James Stacy
Park Place Motorsports drivers Alan Brynjolfsson and Trent Hindman in the no.77 Porsche Cayman 718 C5 MR. Photo James Stacy
Classic BMW’s BMW M4 GT4 driven by Justin Raphael and Stevan McAleer. Photo James Stacy
The No. 55 Kohr Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 driven by Rich Golinello and Nate Stacy. Photo James Stacy
The no.71 FCP Euro Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR  driven by Michael Hurczyn. Photo James Stacy
15-year-old driving phenom Danny Soufi making his professional debut driving the No.16 X-Factor Racing Honda Civic Si. Photo James Stacy

All photography courtesy James Stacy.