Matthew Fassnacht and Trent Hindman scored the overall Pirelli GT4 SprintX series poles Friday afternoon on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s Grand Prix circuit. Fassnacht secured the pole for Friday afternoon’s race, while Hindman will start on pole for Saturday afternoon’s race.
The Pirelli GT4 America SprintX series showcases a pair of two-driver, 60-minute races with pit stops. Friday afternoon’s 30-minute qualifying session was split into two heats – drivers who went out for the first 15-minute heat qualified their team for Friday afternoon’s race, while drivers who went out for the second 15-minute heat qualified for the second race scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
The first qualifying heat was an action-packed session that saw several changes in the top five. Four laps in as tires came up to temperature, Alan Brynjolfsson in the No. 77 Park Place Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 CS-MR went to the top with a 1m24.668s, with Fassnacht, in the No. 34 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 slotting into the second spot with a 1m24.974s. As the session neared to a checkered flag, Fassnacht then went to the top with a 1m24.525s to secure the pole.
The team of Matt Travis and Jason Hart have so far had a dominating 2019 campaign winning all four SprintX contests in their No. 47 NOLASPORT Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR – Travis posted a 1m24.764s to qualify third overall. Rounding out the top 5 qualifiers for Friday’s race were Jarett Andretti in the No. 36 Andretti Autosport McLaren 570S GT4 (1m25.269s) and Kris Wilson No. 16 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4 GT4 (1m25.666s).
Teams then swapped out drivers for the second qualifying heat. Hindman, Brynjolfsson’s teammate, quickly jumped to the top of the charts in the No. 77 Porsche Cayman GT4 CS-MR with a 1m23.413s, while Fassnacht’s teammate Christian Szymczak, in the No. 34 Mercedes-AMG GT4, slotted into second with a 1m23.672s. Canadian Karl Wittmer piloting the No. 24 Ian Lacy Racing Ford Mustang GT4 briefly held onto the third starting spot with a 1m24.189s – with under four minutes remaining, Anthony Geraci in the No. 27 KRUGSPEED Ginetta G55 posted a 1m24.166s to slot into third, pushing Wittmer to fourth on the grid. Rounding out the top 5 was Hart in the No. 47 NOLASPORT Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR (1m24.802s).
Pirelli GT4 SprintX series competitors will next take to the CTMP Grand Prix circuit Friday afternoon at 5:30 pm Eastern for the first of two races. All SprintX races will be streamed live on gt4-america.com.