(SONOMA, CA) The Pirelli GT4 America Sprint field was met with picturesque conditions at Sonoma Raceway for the 15-minute qualifying session to set the grid for Saturday afternoon’s race 1. McLaren factory driver Michael Cooper (Pro) wasted no time in the #10 Blackdog Speed Shop McLaren 570S by setting a fastest lap of 1:45.243 early in the session to claim pole.
Team Panoz’s Ian James (Pro) will start second after posting a time of 1:45.344 in the #50 Panoz Avezzano GT4. Championship leader Spencer Pumpelly (Pro) will start from third in the #66 TRG Porsche 718 CS MR. CRP Racing’s Matt Brabham (Pro), who set the fastest time in yesterday’s practice session 2, will start fourth in the #20 Porsche Cayman CS MR with Robinson Racing’s Shane Lewis (Pro) rounding out the top five in the #72 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.
Drew Staveley took the Am-class pole in the #12 Ian Lacy Racing Ford Mustang GT4 with a time of 1:46.694, fast enough for sixth overall. Andretti Autosport’s Jarrett Andretti (Pro) put his #18 McLaren 570S seventh with Round 6 winner Nicolai Elghanayan (Pro) eighth in the #71 Marco Polo Motorsports KTM Xbow. Alan Brynjolfsson (Am) will start from ninth in the #7 Park Place Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR with Gar Robinson (Pro), who sits fourth overall in the championship standings, starting tenth in the #74 Robinson Racing Chevrolet Camaro GT4.
Pirelli GT4 America Sprint round 8 goes green at 12:40pm local time with the race being shown live on the series streaming platform at live.sro-america.com.