Murillo Racing Wins Caution-filled Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Race 1 at Road America

21 September 2019 SprintX, SprintX E

A wet race was declared by race control, but as soon as it started a full course caution would be called for an incident at turn 3 between Michael Dinan’s #21 Flying Lizard Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR and the #44 Kelly-Moss/Photon Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Greg Palmer. The FCY would be changed to a red flag, allowing cars to change onto wet tires. The race would be restarted single file with the original starting grid being honored.

The green flag would officially fly with 48 minutes left on the clock with Kris Wilson and the #16 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4 GT4 leading the field. On the run down to turn five, the second full course caution would be called as the #36 Andretti Autosport McLaren 570S of David Donahue would get into an incident with the #77 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR of Alan Bryjolfsson. Before the caution was called, the #34 Murillo Racing Mercedes AMG GT4 of Matthew Fassnacht would sneak into second place behind Wilson’s BMW and in front of Patrick Byrne’s #89 RENNtech Mercedes AMG GT4.

The race would get back to green with 32 minutes left on the clock with Wilson leading Fassnacht and Drew Staveley in the #24 Ian Lacy Ford Mustang and #47 NOLASPORT Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR both getting past Byrne.

The pit window would open with 28 minutes remaining and after the mandatory driver changes were complete the #16 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4 GT4, now with John Allen driving, would exit the pits in the lead, but spin the car at turn 3 on his outlap, giving first place to the #34 Murillo Racing Mercedes AMG GT4 of Christian Szymczak with Guy Cosmo in the #89 RENNtech Mercedes AMG GT4 right on his tail in second. Szymczak would never flinch to Cosmo’s pressure and go on to take the overall and GT4 East Am class victory. “It was great! We didn’t know what to expect as I’ve never driven the car in the wet before, but once we figured it out, it was good! The team did a great job setting it up for us today and we’re happy,” said Szymcazk.

Cosmo would finish second overall, claiming the SprintX East Pro-Am victory.

With 16 minutes remaining Gregory Liefooghe in the #19 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4 would sneak past Hart for third overall going into turn 3, where he would finish, taking the SprintX Pro-Am class win.

Hart would then fall behind the #29 Classic BMW M4 GT4 of Steven McAleer.

As the clock ticked past the 10 minute mark, recently crowned European GT4 champion Alec Udell in the #2 GMG Racing Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR would sneak past both Hart and McAleer for fourth overall, second in the SprintX Pro-Am class. McAleer would finish fifth overall, second in the SprintX East Pro-Am class with Hart sixth overall and third in SprintX Pro-Am.

Karl Wittmer would bring the #24 Ian Lacy Racing Ford Mustang GT4 home seventh overall, third in the SprintX East Pro-Am category.

Despite facing a drive through penalty for a pit lane infraction, Toby Grahovec would bring the #92 Classic BMW M4 GT4 eighth overall, fourth in the SprintX Pro-Am class.

John Tecce and the #69 BGB Motorsports Group Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR would finish ninth overall, second in the SprintX East Am class, with Matt Keegan and the #51 Team Panoz Racing Avezzano GT4 taking the SprintX Am win, finishing tenth overall.

The Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Race 2 will go green on Sunday, September 22nd at 12:10pm CT streaming live at https://www.gt4-america.com/watch-live.

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