Christian Szymczak and Drew Staveley secured the overall poles for Saturday’s and Sunday’s GT4 America SprintX races respectively at Portland International Raceway, part of the 59th Annual Rose Cup Races presented by Fastlife.TV. Saturday morning’s action-packed, 30-minute qualifying session featured numerous fast laps and a record-setting GT4 qualifying lap by Staveley.
Spilt into two 15-minute segments, the qualifying session was held under ideal sunny, 68-degree conditions.
Qualifying Session 1/Race 1 Grid
In the first 15-minute qualifying segment to set the grid for Saturday’s race, SprintX Pro/Am competitor Matt Travis in the NOLASPORT No.47 Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR posted an early fast time of 1m18.016s to top the charts. Soon after, West Pro/Am driver Szymczak in the No.34 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 (photo above) posted a 1m18.020s to slot into second.
At the mid-point of the session, Pro/Am SprintX West driver Jon Miller in the No.28 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 went to the top with a 1m17.897s, while Szymczak bettered his time to a 1m17.914s to keep hold of second. Rearden Racing’s West Am driver Vesko Kozarov (No.91 Audi R8 LMS GT4) slotted into third with a 1m17.935s. SprintX Am class driver Kris Wilson driving the No. 16 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4 GT4 then posted a 1m17.921s to bump Kozarov down to fourth.
Times kept falling as the session went on. With under five minutes remaining, Szymczak jumped to the top with a 1m17.189s, followed by Travis who slotted back into second overall with a 1m17.803s. Miller bettered his time slightly to a 1m17.781s to move back into third on the charts.
The final flying laps of the session saw Kozarov run a 1m17.567s to claim second overall on the grid and first in the West Am division, while Ryan Dexter in the Dexter Racing No.63 Ginetta G55 moved up into third overall on the grid and tops in the Pro/Am division with a 1m17.745s.
Szymczak’s time held for the overall and West Pro/Am pole. Miller’s time held for fourth overall and second in the West Pro/Am class, while Travis qualified fifth overall and second in the Pro/Am class. Wilson qualified sixth overall and first for the Am class. The top seven cars in the first segment qualified less than a second apart.
Qualifying Session 2/Race 2 Grid
Drivers from the first segment then swapped out for their teammates and the second 15-minute qualifying session to set the grid for Sunday’s race.
West Pro/Am competitor Jason Wolfe piloting the No.38 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 posted the early quick time of the session with a 1m17.076s, followed by Travis’ teammate Jason Hart with a 1m17.104s. Szymczak’s teammate Kenny Murillo then slotted into third overall with a 1m17.345s. Soon after, Wolfe improved him time to a 1m17.052s. West Am competitor Staveley driving the No.24 Ian Lacy Racing Ford Mustang GT4 then slotted into third with a 1m17.176s.
The top three times held until just under three minutes to go when Staveley rocketed to the top of the charts with a PIR record-setting GT4 lap of 1m16.982s. At the checkered, Staveley had secured the overall and West Am pole for Sunday’s race, while Wolfe qualified second overall and tops in the West Pro/Am division. Hart will start third overall on Sunday and first in the Pro/Am class.
SprintX Am class driver championship points co-leader Matthew Keegan qualified ninth overall and tops in class with a 1m17.656s. Keegan will share driving duties with Preston Calvert in the No.51 Team Panoz Racing Panoz Avezzano GT.
GT4 America SprintX and SprintX West teams next take to the track for the first SprintX 60-minute race of the weekend set for a green flag start later today at 2:15 pm PDT.
All SprintX races will be streamed live on gt4-america.com and via audio simulcast on SiriusXM satellite radio Ch. 383 (983 on the app). CBS Sports Network coverage for SprintX races at Portland airs July 28 at 4 pm EDT. Check your local listings for additional broadcast time and channel information.