- #47 NOLASPORT Porsche continues hot streak
- #72 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG take Silver win
- #7 NOLASPORT Porsche victorious in Am
- GT4 Am Race 2 Results
Austin, Texas - The #47 NOLASPORT Porsche of Matt Travis and Jason Hart had a dream weekend at Circuit of the Americas with two poles and two wins, their fourth of the young 2021 season. “Jason did a heck of a job in his stint and turned over a great car with plenty of tires left,” said Matt Travis, “I just wanted to do my best but it all came down to the car and the team.”
Sunny skies greeted the Pirelli GT4 America competitors for Sunday’s Race 2 after a wet and rainy Race 1 to kick-off the racing at Circuit of the Americas. Race 1 winners from NOLASPORT led the field to the green flag in the #47 Porsche with the #89 RENNtech Mercedes-AMG of Aaron Polovedo getting the jump on the #15 BSport Aston Martin of Kenton Koch to take over second overall and in Pro-Am.
As the field approached Turn 6, the #94 BimmerWorld BMW of Chandler Hull spun and was then collected by the #34 BimmerWorld BMW, #16 Capstone Mercedes-AMG, #2 GMG Aston Martin, #36 BimmerWorld BMW, and #39 RENNtech Mercedes-AMG which would bring out an extended full course caution period.
The race would go back to green flag running with 35 minutes remaining. The #47 NOLASPORT Porsche of Jason Hart led overall and in Pro-Am, The #71 Marco Polo KTM led Silver, sixth overall, with The #98 Random Vandals BMW of Al Carter leading Am, seventeenth overall.
As the field approached Turn 1 however, Povoledo’s #89 Mercedes-AMG would sneak to the inside of the #47 and grab the overall lead with Koch’s #15 Aston Martin stalking the for second overall and in Pro-Am.
Just behind Koch, Greg Liefooghe’s #119 BMW overtook the #54 Blackswan Porsche of Jeroen Bleekemolen at turn 11, with the #54 then losing momentum dropping all the way to eleventh overall after being swarmed at Turn 20. Back at the front, both Koch and Liefooghe would power past the #47 for second and third overall as the pit window for required driver changes opened.
As the pit window closed, the #119 Cameron Racing BMW, with Sean Quinlan now driving, would take over the Pro-Am lead after a very slow stop from the #89 Mercedes-AMG, who would fall to fifth overall. The #71 Marco Polo KTM would lead Silver, sitting sixth overall, and #68 Smooge Toyota taking over the Am lead, tenth overall.
Matt Travis, now driving the #47, would slip past the #15 of Bryan Putt for second overall and third in class with a pass at Turn 11 and start to close on the leading #119 BMW.
With 16 minutes left on the clock, the #72 Murillo Mercedes-AMG of Kenny Murillo and #11 Classic BMW M4 GT4 of Steven McAleer would get past the #71 KTM for first and second positions in Silver, fifth and sixth overall. Later in the lap Murillo would pass the #89 Mercedes-AMG for fourth overall, gapping his rival silver-classed BMW by over 3 seconds.
Back in the Am battle, the leading #68 Toyota would see an issue and fall to sixth in class with the #7 NOLASPORT with OHG Porsche of Sean Gibbons taking over the class lead with the #98 BMW just behind.
As the clock ticked down to the 12 minute mark, Murillo and the #72 Mercedes-AMG would power past the #15 Aston Martin of Bryan Putt for third overall as the #119 and #47 would run nose to tail for the overall lead with Murillo quickly closing.
Two laps later Travis would sneak to the inside of Quinlan at turn 4 and grab the overall and Pro-Am lead. Murillo would close onto the rear bumper of the #119 BMW as 1-2-3 overall would run within 1 second of each other with 7 minutes to go.
Murillo would then get the #72 Mercedes past the #119 BMW for second overall with 5 minutes remaining and would go in pursuit of the #47 Porsche. Just behind the leaders the #11 Classic BMW of Steven McAleer would get past the #89 RENNtech Mercedes-AMG at Turn 17 for fourth overall, second in Silver.
As the checkered flag flew the #47 NOLASPORT Porsche would win overall and in Pro-Am, ahead of the #119 Cameron BMW and #89 RENNtech Mercedes-AMG GT4.
The #72 Murillo Mercedes-AMG would claim the Silver win, finishing second overall, with the #11 Classic BMW second in class, fourth overall, with the #062 Dexter Racing Aston Martin third in class, eighth overall. “This just shows the hard work the team put in last night. The Mercedes-AMG was great and the team stayed very late last night to give us such a great car,” said Kenny Murillo.
The Am win went to the #7 NOLASPORT with OHG Porsche of Sean Gibbons and Sam Owen with the #23 Motorsport USA McLaren second and #5 Motorsport USA McLaren third. “NOLASPORT always gives us a great car and I could not be happier, this is an amazing weekend!” said Sean Gibbons.
Pirelli GT4 America teams and drivers will take a month off then return to the track June 4th-6th at VIRginia International Raceway for Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2021 season.