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BSport’s Putt, Koch Break Through for Race 2 Win at VIR

Aston Martin squad scores long-awaited first win in caution-filled Race 2 at VIR…

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Kenton Koch and Bryan Putt scored a breakthrough maiden win for BSport Racing in Sunday’s Pirelli GT4 America race at Virginia International Raceway.

Putt took the No. 15 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 to the overall victory in the second race of the weekend, which ended under full-course caution for an accident between Nicolai Elghanayan and Gray Newell.

The incident-filled race saw a late charge by the No. 11 Classic BMW M4 GT4 of Stevan McAleer, who finished second overall alongside co-driver Toby Grahovec.

The duo picked up Silver class honors with the result.

McAleer jumped from fourth to second overall on the race’s second restart with 10 minutes to go after the No. 52 Auto Technic Racing of Tom Capizzi slowed with a suspected mechanical issue.

Co-driver John Capestro-Dubets led the majority of the opening stint and enjoyed a fierce battle with Koch prior to the mid-race sequence of pit stops that gave the edge to BSport.

The No. 47 Nolasport Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport of Matt Travis and Jason Hart ended their five-race Pro-Am class win streak with a third place overall finish and second in class.

Derek DeBoer drove the No. 66 TRG Porsche to fourth overall and third in Pro-Am after emerging in second overall after the pit stops following a strong opening stint from co-driver Spencer Pumpelly.

DeBoer overcame a spin after contact by the No. 119 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW of Sean Quinlan, which then later pulled off track with suspected electrical issues.

Am class honors went to the No. 16 Capstone Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 of John Allen and Kris Wilson, thanks to Wilson’s late-race pass on Race 1 class winner John Geesbreght in the No. 68 Smooge Racing Toyota GR Supra GT4.

The No. 00 Notlad by RS1 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Patrick Gallagher, which was due to start on pole, did not take part in the race following co-driver Matt Dalton’s massive accident in Saturday’s GT America powered by AWS race.


John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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