James’ daring last-lap move nets him St. Pete GT4 Dash Race 1 win
Ian James (Panoz Avezzano GT4) claimed victory within the Pirelli GT4 America Dash season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, following an exhilarating last-lap move on Spencer Pumpelly for high honors in Saturday’s Grand Prix offered by CrowdStrike.
The 50-minute single-driver dash race was halted by a purple flag for an accident involving Nicolai Elghanayan’s MarcoPolo Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4. The restart resulted in a dramatic nine-minute shootout to the end.
Pole-sitter Pumpelly (TRG Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport) had taken over the lead simply moments previous to Elghanayan’s accident when Jade Buford’s PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 ran large getting into Flip 1.
Behind, James’ red-white-and-blue Panoz made a late cost to tug alongside Pumpelly because the white flag flew. The Englishman then managed to carry the within line via Flip 1, rising within the lead in dramatic style.
James crossed the road simply 0.696s over Pumpelly to present Crew Panoz Racing its first victory because the passing of staff proprietor and legendary motorsports determine, Dr. Don Panoz.
Gar Robinson (Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R) crammed out the rostrum, ending third following a powerful run for the second-generation driver. Michael Cooper, debuting a McLaren 570S GT4 from Blackdog Pace Store, completed fourth.
Buford, who led the opening 22 laps of the race, completed seventh in GT4 Professional.
In GT4 Am, Alan Brynjolfsson emerged from the wild last restart to assert his first win as a solo driver within the Park Place Motorsports Porsche.
Brynjolfsson, who teamed with Trent Hindman for victory within the second GT4 America SprintX race at Circuit of The Americas final weekend, handed Preston Calvert’s Panoz for the GT4 Am class lead moments after the ultimate restart.
Calvert wound up third at school after a battle with Tony Gaples’ Blackdog McLaren, Gaples ending second in his first race driving the staff’s new 570S.
Class pole-sitter Jarett Andretti (Andretti Autosport McLaren) began strongly, however tangled with Ian Lacy’s Mustang on lap 15, backing into the wall and sustaining rear-end injury. this introduced out the primary full-course warning of the race.
Race 2 for Pirelli GT4 America Dash is scheduled for Sunday at 11:25 a.m. ET. Tape-delayed protection will air on CBS Sports activities Community.