Porsche has claimed a sweep of the Pirelli GT4 America weekend at Circuit of The Americas, with Nolasport and Park Place Motorsports collecting wins in the pair of SprintX races, highlighted by a dramatic finish in Race 2.
Matt Travis and Jason Hart (Nolasport Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, shown above) claimed a dominant victory in Saturday’s Race 1, converting a pole-winning effort into the first win for Porsche’s new-for-2019 GT4 challenger in global sports car competition.
The duo nearly pulled off victory in Race 2 as well, with Travis coming up just 0.155 seconds short after an impressive recovery drive in the closing stages of Sunday’s 60-minute race.
Trent Hindman teamed with Alan Brynjolfsson in the VOLT Lighting Porsche to eke out the Race 2 win, giving Park Place Motorsports its first victory in the team’s GT4 America debut.
Hindman stormed from fourth to the lead in damp conditions on the opening lap of Sunday’s race, but he was passed by pole-sitter Hart on Lap 2 just prior to the race’s one-and-only full course caution (for an accident involving the Rearden Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Jeff Burton).
Hindman retook the lead on Lap 8 following the restart, but a quicker pit stop by the Nolasport crew saw Travis rejoin as leader with 25 minutes to go after the driver changes.
Travis, however, was handed a drive-through penalty for his car’s stop being 0.7 seconds faster than the 81-second minimum pit stop delta for Pirelli GT4 America competitors this weekend, giving the lead back to Brynjolfsson’s Park Place Porsche.
Despite coming under pressure from Michael Dinan’s Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche and Matt Fassnacht’s Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4, Brynjolfsson’s biggest challenge in the closing laps came from Travis, who bulled from fourth to second on the final lap.
The near-photo finish resulted in another Porsche 1-2, with Fassnacht and co-driver Christian Szymczak finishing third overall and winning the GT4 East Am division.
The Hindman/Brynjolfsson Porsche also picked up top class honors in GT4 East Pro-Am, while Nolasport’s Travis and Hart took maximum GT4 SprintX Pro-Am once again.
ST Racing’s Jon Miller and Harry Gottsacker claimed victory in GT4 West Pro-Am with a fourth place overall finish in their BMW M4 GT4. Flying Lizard’s Dinan faded to fifth on the final lap, which was still enough for second in the GT4 Sprint Pro-Am class.
The Racer’s Group celebrated victory in GT4 West Am with an eighth-place overall finish for Chris Bellomo and Kevin Woods (Porsche), while the Andretti Autosport McLaren 570S GT4 of Jarett Andretti and Karl Thomson picked up GT4 SprintX Am honors in Race 2.
This came after a technical infraction in Race 1 for Andretti and Thomson that saw the pairing lose Saturday’s class win and fourth place overall finish.
Rounds 3 and 4 for Pirelli GT4 America SprintX take place at Virginia International Raceway on April 26-28, and will include the GT4 East series. GT4 West returns to action later this month at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, in support of the California 8 Hours Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli round.