Monterey, CA - After taking pole position, Bryan Heitkotter, driving the Nissan Nismo GTR GT3, returned to GT World Challenge America powered by AWS action to take the first round of GT Rivals Esports competition at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Carnage exiting Turn 2 on the opening lap took out many of the top contenders, allowing Heitkotter to open a large gap and remain uncontested during the 60-min feature race. Coming in runner-up, Tomas Lastre, one of our five Sim Racers from Champion Motorsport drove his Bentley Continental GT3 to a strong second-place finish.
The final podium spot changed often, but in the end it was Karl Wittmer driving his BMW M6 GT3 to a solid third place finish after being caught up in the first-lap mayham. Dropping nearly to the back of the field, he fought his way through traffic to claim third in the closing laps.
Completing the Top 5 was Dakota Dickerson driving the Ferrari 488 GT3 and Kenton Koch in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3.
GT Rivals Esports Invitaitonal returns next Sunday at 3pm ET from Misano!
(This story will be updated shortly)