Quinlan, Liefooghe Capture Race 2 Win at Road America

29 August 2021 Pirelli GT4 America
  • Pro-Am BMW Duo Qualified for the Pole for Race 2
  • Gottsacker, Maxson, BMW Capture Silver Class Win
  • Father, Son Clarkes, McLaren Take Am Class
  • Race 2 Provisional Results - PDF Link

ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. - The #119 BMW M4 GT4 driven by Gregory Liefooghe and Sean Quinlan for Stephen Cameron Racing took home a Pro-Am class win in Pirelli GT4 America at Road America after a late-race restart and turn 1 pass. Behind them, the #52 BMW M4 GT4 driven by John Capestro-Dubets and Tom Capizzi for Auto Technic Racing finished second ahead of the #15 Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Kenton Koch and Bryan Putt for BSport Racing in Pro-Am.

The Silver class victory went to the #28 BMW M4 GT4 of Harry Gottsacker and Tyler Maxson for ST Racing, beating out competitors in the #72 Mercedes-AMG (Christian Szymczak and Kenny Murillo for Murillo Racing) and the #35 Mercedes-AMG of Michai Stephens and Colin Mullan for Conquest Racing West.

In Am, the win went to the #111 McLaren 570S GT4 of Ty and Todd Clarke for Motorsport USA, who benefited from a timely full-course caution that cycled them to the front of the field. The #68 Toyota Supra GR driven by Kevin Conway and John Geesbrecht for Smooge Racing finished 2nd in Am, followed by the #619 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CLUBSPORT MR of Thomas Merrill and Alain Stad for Stephen Cameron Racing.

The race began with threatening-looking clouds looming over Road America. Despite the looming weather, the opening laps of the 60-minute race were clean and close. The #15 Aston Martin Vantage AMR driven by Kenton Koch for BSport Racing jumped to second on the first lap behind the #119 BMW M4 GT4 of Liefooghe, but eventually lost positions to Auberlen and the #52 BMW M4 GT4 driven by John Capestro Dubets for Auto Technic Racing. 

The #619 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CLUBSPORT MR of Thomas Merrill driving for Stephen Cameron Racing led the Am battle early in the race over the #46 Porsche of Russell Walker, and the #68 Toyota Supra GR of John Geesbrecht. Walker’s #46 would later serve a drive-through penalty for a pit lane violation.

With 40 minutes to go, #36 BMW M4 GT4 of Nick Galante for BimmerWorld Racing, the #2 Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Andrew Davis, the #72 Mercedes-AMG of Christian Szymczak, and the #35 Mercedes-AMG Mullan had an intense scrap for 14th overall as Galante moved through the field.

Contact between the #111 McLaren 570S GT4 driven by Ty Clarke for Motorsport USA and the #7 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CLUBSPORT MR of Sean Gibbons left Gibbons stuck in the turn 3 gravel trap, triggering a full-course caution with 34 minutes remaining.

At the restart, Bill Auberlen tried to steal the lead away from Liefooghe but was unsuccessful as the pit window opened just past the halfway point. Before the lead battles could make their pit stops and change drivers, a second full-course yellow sequence slowed the field when the #98 BMW M4 GT4 of Al Carter had an incident at the infamous Road America kink. The pit window remained open and the four overall frontrunners changed drivers.

Because of the timing of the yellow, the #111 McLaren, with Todd Clarke behind the wheel, cycled into the race lead when the race restarted with under just over 7 minutes remaining in the race. With two laps to go, the #119, now with Sean Quinlan behind the wheel, passed Clarke in turn 1. 

Pirelli GT4 America races next for rounds 9 and 10 at Watkins Glen International, September 17-19th, 2021.