Geroge Tamayo reports at

With the start of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge this weekend at Circuit of The Americas, Bryan Heitkotter can claim his bona fides as professional racecar driver. The opening round will mark his first full season as a GT class-driver behind the wheel of the AE Replay XD Nissan GT Academy Nissan GTR GT3. In fact, he made the leap from GTA, a class for non-professional drivers, to GT for professional drivers, after his podium finish at Mid-Ohio last year with three race weekends still to go. His points carried over, and he was classified in the final tally as 10th in the GT Driver’s Championship.

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