Guy Cosmo and the #89 RENNtech Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT4 led the field to green under wet and slippery conditions for Pirelli GT4 America SprintX round 14 from Road America.
As the field crossed the starting line, the #47 NOLASPORT Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR would stop on track but would restart, continuing in fifteenth position.
On lap two, Alec Udell and the #2 GMG Racing Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR would power past Gregory Liefooghe’s #19 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4 for third overall and begin to hunt down Szymczak in second. Three laps later Udell would get past Szymczak, but would face a 10 second gap to the leader.
At the same time, Trent Hindman in the #77 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR would get past Steven McAleer and the #29 Classic BMW M4 GT4 for fifth overall, but was not done as he then overtook Liefooghe for fourth on the next lap. With 27 minutes left on the clock, Hindman would then get past Szymczak for third overall with a daring pass on the outside of turn 1.
After the pit window for mandatory driver changes ended, Patrick Byrne, in for Guy Cosmo in the #89 RENNtech Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT4, would lose the overall lead and fall behind the #2 GMG Racing Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR of Jason Bell and #77 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR of Alan Byrnjolfsson.
Later in the outlap Bell would go wide at turn 6, handing the lead to Brynjolfsson with 18 minutes to go. Brynjolfsson would never look back and cruise to the overall victory by nearly 22 seconds. “I love Road America and I love driving in the rain, so today feels great to get the win. It helped racing in the Sprint event earlier in the day for the conditions, but we’re very excited,” said Brynjolfsson.
Five minutes later Byrne would fall behind the #34 Murillo Racing Mercedes AMG GT4 of Matthew Fassnacht. Fassnacht would then power past Bell for second position at the Billy Mitchell Bend, where he would finish. The #34 would claim the SprintX East Am-class victory with the #89 RENNtech Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT4 finishing third overall, second in the GT4 East Pro-Am class.
Matt Travis and the #47 NOLASPORT Porsceh 718 Cayman CS MR would fight back through the grid and claim the SprintX Pro-Am win, finishing fourth overall with Sean Quinlan and the #19 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4 finishing second in SprintX Pro-Am, fifth overall.
Drew Staveley and Karl Wittmer in the #24 Ian Lacy Racing Ford Mustang GT4 would come home sixth overall, third in the SprintX East Pro-Am category with Justin Raphael and the #29 Classic BMW M4 GT4 finishing seventh overall, fourth in the SprintX East Pro-Am class.
The #92 Classic BMW M4 GT4 of Chris Ohmacht and Toby Grahovec would finish eighth overall, third in the SprintX Pro-Am category.
After a strong start, the #2 GMG Racing Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR of Jason Bell and Alec Udell would face an issue and tumble through the order, falling to ninth overall, fourth in the SprintX Pro-Am class.
Michael Dinan and Robby Foley would bring the #21 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR home tenth overall, fifth in the SprintX Pro-Am class.
Preston Calvert and Matthew Keegan would take the SprintX Am class victory, finishing eleventh overall.
The Pirelli GT4 America SprintX season will conclude at Las Vegas Motor Speedway October 18th - 20th.
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