BMW, John Capestro-Dubets, Set Fastest Lap in Opening Practice, Mullan & Kiebler Lead Silver, Am Classes

BMW, John Capestro-Dubets, Set Fastest Lap in Opening Practice, Mullan & Kiebler Lead Silver, Am Classes
  • BMW Leads Pro-Am with Dubets & Auto Technic Racing
  • Mercedes-AMG, Mullan Quickest in Silver
  • Kiebler Fastest in Am with Aston Martin Vantage AMR

Watkins Glen, NY - Cloudy skies covered Watkins Glen International for the first Pirelli GT4 America practice. The quickest time overall was by the #52 BMW M4 of John Capestro-Dubets from Auto Technic Racing in the Pro-Am category. Capestro-Dubets ran a 1:56.116, just seven hundredths of a second faster than the second-place car in practice, the #34 BMW M4 of Bill Auberlen for BimmerWorld Racing. Third in Pro-Am was the #930 Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Sameer Gandhi for Carbahn with a time of 1:56.346, placing the car fourth overall, just two-tenths back from the top of the chart.

The Silver class was led by the #35 Mercedes-AMG of Colin Mullan for Conquest Racing West, with a fastest lap of 1:56.313. Second in the Silver category was the #11 BMW M4 of Toby Grahovec for Classic BMW. Grahovec, and his teammate Stevan McAleer, are locked in a fierce fight for third place in the Silver points standings with the #94 BMW M4 driven by Chandler Hull and Jon Miller of BimmerWorld Racing, who were 4th fastest in class with Hull behind the wheel. 

The #09 Aston Martin Vantage AMR driven by Paul Kiebler was quickest in the Am class, with a time of 1:57.359, less than a tenth quicker than the second-quickest class competitor, the #619 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CLUBSPORT MR driven by Thomas Merrill for Stephen Cameron Racing. Third in the Am category was the #16 Mercedes-AMG of Kris Wilson, driving for Capstone Motorsports alongside co-driver John Allen. The duo is currently second in the points championship behind the #68 Toyota Supra GR driven by John Geesbrecht and Kevin Conway of Smooge Racing, who were fifth quickest in class at Watkins Glen International.

Pirelli GT4 America is on track next for Practice 2 at 5:15 PM. Rounds 9 and 10 of the Pirelli GT4 America championship can be viewed live on SRO’s GT World YouTube Channel, with Race 1 on Saturday, September 18th at 11:30 AM ET and Race 2 on Sunday, September 19th at 11:00 AM ET.