Szymczak, Staveley seize general GT4 SprintX poles at PIR
Christian Szymczak and Drew Staveley secured the general poles for Saturday’s and Sunday’s GT4 America SprintX races respectively at Portland Worldwide Raceway, a part of the 59th Annual Rose Cup Races introduced by Fastlife.TV. Saturday morning’s action-packed, 30-minute qualifying session featured quite a few quick laps and a record-setting GT4 qualifying lap by Staveley.
Spilt into two 15-minute segments, the qualifying session was held beneath ideally suited sunny, 68-degree situations.
Qualifying Session 1/Race 1 Grid
Within the first 15-minute qualifying phase to set the grid for Saturday’s race, SprintX Professional/Am competitor Matt Travis within the NOLASPORT No.47 Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR posted an early quick time of 1m18.016s to high the charts. Quickly after, West Professional/Am driver Szymczak within the No.34 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 (picture above) posted a 1m18.020s to fit into second.
On the mid-point of the session, Professional/Am SprintX West driver Jon Miller within the No.28 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 went to the highest with a 1m17.897s, whereas Szymczak bettered his time to a 1m17.914s to maintain maintain of second. Rearden Racing’s West Am driver Vesko Kozarov (No.91 Audi R8 LMS GT4) slotted into third with a 1m17.935s. SprintX Am class driver Kris Wilson driving the No. 16 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4 GT4 then posted a 1m17.921s to bump Kozarov all the way down to fourth.
Instances saved falling because the session went on. With beneath 5 minutes remaining, Szymczak jumped to the highest with a 1m17.189s, adopted by Travis who slotted again into second general with a 1m17.803s. Miller bettered his time barely to a 1m17.781s to maneuver again into third on the charts.
The ultimate flying laps of the session noticed Kozarov run a 1m17.567s to assert second general on the grid and first within the West Am division, whereas Ryan Dexter within the Dexter Racing No.63 Ginetta G55 moved up into third general on the grid and tops within the Professional/Am division with a 1m17.745s.
Szymczak’s time held for the general and West Professional/Am pole. Miller’s time held for fourth general and second within the West Professional/Am class, whereas Travis certified fifth general and second within the Professional/Am class. Wilson certified sixth general and first for the Am class. The highest seven automobiles within the first phase certified lower than a second aside.
Qualifying Session 2/Race 2 Grid
Drivers from the primary phase then swapped out for his or her teammates and the second 15-minute qualifying session to set the grid for Sunday’s race.
West Professional/Am competitor Jason Wolfe piloting the No.38 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 posted the early fast time of the session with a 1m17.076s, adopted by Travis’ teammate Jason Hart with a 1m17.104s. Szymczak’s teammate Kenny Murillo then slotted into third general with a 1m17.345s. Quickly after, Wolfe improved him time to a 1m17.052s. West Am competitor Staveley driving the No.24 Ian Lacy Racing Ford Mustang GT4 then slotted into third with a 1m17.176s.
The highest 3 times held till just below three minutes to go when Staveley rocketed to the highest of the charts with a PIR record-setting GT4 lap of 1m16.982s. On the checkered, Staveley had secured the general and West Am pole for Sunday’s race, whereas Wolfe certified second general and tops within the West Professional/Am division. Hart will begin third general on Sunday and first within the Professional/Am class.
SprintX Am class driver championship factors co-leader Matthew Keegan certified ninth general and tops in school with a 1m17.656s. Keegan will share driving duties with Preston Calvert within the No.51 Staff Panoz Racing Panoz Avezzano GT.
GT4 America SprintX and SprintX West groups subsequent take to the observe for the primary SprintX 60-minute race of the weekend set for a inexperienced flag begin later as we speak at 2:15 pm PDT.
All SprintX races can be streamed dwell on gt4-america.com and by way of audio simulcast on SiriusXM satellite tv for pc radio Ch. 383 (983 on the app). CBS Sports activities Community protection for SprintX races at Portland airs July 28 at four pm EDT. Verify your native listings for added broadcast time and channel info.