The NOLASPORT combination of Jason Hart and Matt Travis continued their impressive performance in the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Pro-Am class this year with a fourth consecutive 60m race win Sunday at Virginia International Raceway during the Blancpain GT World Challenge weekend.
Hart, starting from the pole in the No. 47 NOLASPORT Porsche 718 Cayman Clubsport MR GT4 sports car, fought with Saturday’s GT4 SprintX overall winner Stevan McAleer early in the 26-lap event, with some sensational nose-to-tail action on the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course.
Hart transferred his driving duties to Travis in the mid-point of the race and McAleer, the early leader, turned his No. 29 Raphael & Associates/Classic BMW M4 GT4 machine over to Justin Raphael on lap 17. Raphael left the pit area in the overall lead, but a miscalculation had the BMW driver leaving the pits just three-tenths of a second too quickly from the mandatory pit time. At the conclusion of the race, the McAleer/Raphael duo was penalized 30 seconds due to the rules infraction and finished 11th overall.
A late-race yellow flag period caused the race to finish behind the safety car and Travis pulled his Porsche into victory lane for the GT4 SprintX overall win as well as the SprintX Pro-Am honors.
Finishing second overall and capturing the GT4 SprintX East Pro-Am class was the No. 22 Precision Racing Tech BMW M4 GT4 with Marko Radisic and Karl Wittmer at the wheel in the two-driver, hour-long contest.
Winning the GT4 SprintX Am division and placing third overall was the combination of Jeff Burton and Vesko Kozarov in the No. 91 Burton Lumber/Rearden Racing Audi R8 LMS car, giving the Utah-based team double class victories this weekend at VIR.
Completing the top-five overall Sunday was fourth overall and second the GT4 SprintX Pro-Am category for the driving duo of Chris Ohmacht and Toby Grahovec in the No. 92 VETS Indexes/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4; and the Sean Quinlan/Greg Liefooghe-driven No. 19 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4 machine which was fifth overall and third in the Pro-Am class .
Rounding out the top-ten overall in fourth event of the GT4 SprintX campaign were the driving combos of Kris Wilson and John Allen in the No. 16 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4 GT4 (second in the Am division); Mike Vess and John Capestro-Dubets in the No. 46 NOLASPORT Porsche 718 Cayman Clubsport MR (third in the Am class); Andy Pilgrim and Adam Poland in the No. 33 Doghouse Performance Audi R8 LMS (second in SprintX East Pro-Am); Preston Calvert and Matt Keegan in the No. 51 Team Panoz Racing Panoz Avezzano GT (fourth in SprintX Am); and CJ Moses/James Sofronas in the GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS (fifth in SprintX Am).
In addition, Thomas Collingwood and John Tecce drove their No. 69 BGB Motorsports Group Porsche 718 Cayman Clubsport MR car to winning honors in the GT4 SprintX East Am category Sunday at VIR.
Despite the pit stop penalty, the Raphael/McAleer team were able to take home the third-place trophies in the GT4 SprintX East Pro-Am class in addition to its Saturday overall win.
The Pirelli GT4 America SprintX series now moves to the historic Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Toronto, Ont., Canada with doubleheader 60m races set for May 18-19 at the high-speed 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course.