Trent Hindman recorded the fast Pirelli GT4 America SprintX qualifying lap of time Saturday morning at Virginia International Raceway and will start from the pole in Sunday’s GT4 Sprint feature. Veteran Kris Wilson will start from the pole in Saturday’s GT4 SprintX race scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EDT.
Hindman was quick in Friday morning practice with his No. 77 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman Clubsport MR sports car and he continued that trend Saturday morning with a 1m53.409s at the high-speed 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course in southern Virginia in the Pro category.
“Today qualifying was a little closer than I wanted it to be, to be honest. With the lack of track time we had yesterday (Friday) due to the rain, I’m really happy how the Park Place Motorsports car performed. The crew did a great job with the Porsche. And Alan did a great job in the SprintX Am qualifying as well. I think anyone is really sure what they have for a long run just yet. Historically, we are pretty good with our car in the longer stints. There is a lot of learning still here at VIR with this car. We’ll do some of that on the fly. But our goal is to bring home a victory with the Park Place Porsche.”
Meanwhile, in the Am class, Wilson clocked in with 1m54.123s in his No. 16 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4 GT4 for the No. 1 starting spot for Saturday’s event.
The GT4 SprintX qualifying format include the Am drivers taking to the track first for the Saturday starting positions with the Pro drivers setting the Sunday line-up in a second qualifying session.
Hindman posted his quickest clocking on his fourth qualifying lap Saturday and watched his competitors attempt to knock him off the pole for the next five to six circuits. But no one could match his time
Second to Hindman in the Pro qualifying round was Jason Hart in the No. 47 NOLA Sport Porsche 718 Cayman Clubsport MR at 1:53.437 followed by Christian Szymczak in the No. 34 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 at 1:53.444, Stevan McAleer in the No. 29 Raphael & Associates/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 at 1:53.961 and Andrew Davis in the No. 32 Kelly Moss Road & Race Porsche 718 Cayman Clubsport MR at 1:53.977.
Rounding out the top 10 in the GT4 SprintX Pro qualifying was Robby Foley in the No. 21 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman Clubsport MR at 1:54.006, Greg Liefooghe in the No. 19 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4 at 1:54.248, Nate Stacy in the No. 55 Kohr Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 at 1:54.284, John Capestro-Dubets in the No. 46 NOLASPORT Porsche 718 Cayman Clubsport MR at 1:54.540 and GT4 series champion James Sofronas in the No. 04 GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS at 1:54.774.
Trailing Wilson in Am qualifying for Saturday’s starting lineup was Matt Fassnacht in the No. 34 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 at 1:54.253 followed by 2018 TC series champion Vesko Kozarov in the No. 91 Rearden Racing Audi R8 LMS at 1:54.285, Matt Travis in the No. 47 NOLASPORT Porsche 718 Cayman Clubsport MR at 1:54.419, Michael Dinan in the No. 21 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman Clubsport MR at 1:54.592.
Completing the top 10 in the Am qualifying were Randy Mueller in the No. 3 Epic Motorsports BMW M4 GT4 at 1:55.091, Hindman’s teammate Alan Brynjolfsson in the No. 77 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman Clubsport MR at 1:55.134, Sean Quinlan in the No. 19 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4 at 1:55.736, Marko Radisic in the No. 22 Precision Driving Tech BMW M4 GT4 at 1:56.271 and Jarett Andretti in the No. 18 Andretti Autosport McLaren 570S GT4 at 1:56.297.