GT4 East competitors Trent Hindman and Alan Brynjolfsson took the overall victory in Sunday’s Pirelli GT4 America SprintX race at Circuit of The Americas.
Brynjolfsson, driving the No. 77 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman Clubsport, managed to hold back a resurgent Matt Travis in the Nolasport Porsche on a dramatic final lap.
Travis, who was recovering from a drive-through penalty after the Nolasport crew overstepped the minimum pit stop time, overtook second-placed Michael Dinan in the Flying Lizard Porsche on the final lap before latching onto the tail of the race leader.
Race 1 winner Travis slid out of the final corner to get alongside Brynjolfsson but fell 0.155 seconds short at the checkered flag.
Brynjolfsson and Hindman therefore took both the overall and the GT4 East series victories, while Travis and Jason Hart ended up as the best-placed nationwide SprintX crew.
The result also marked the first GT4 America victory for Park Place Motorsports.
Completing the podium was the East Am class-winning Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Matt Fassnacht and Christian Szymczak, while the No. 28 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 finished fourth.
Both of these cars also got around Dinan’s ailing Porsche on the final lap.
The race started with pole-sitter Hart losing his lead to Dinan’s co-driver Foley and Hindman before taking it back shortly before a safety car truncated the race five minutes in.
This was caused by an accident for the No. 91 Rearden Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 which made heavy contact with the barriers at pit entry.
After the restart, Hart and Hindman had a terrific battle for the lead before the driver swaps, during which the Nolasport car picked up its penalty before a remarkable recovery charge from Travis.
The No. 2 GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 was running third before the pit stops with Alec Udell driving, but it retired after its gearbox overheated, possibly stemming from earlier contact.
Victory in the nationwide SprintX Am category went to the Andretti Autosport McLaren 570S GT4 of Jarett Andretti and Karl Thomson, while TRG’s Porsche took the spoils in GT4 West Am with Kevin Woods and Chris Bellomo driving
Round 2 of GT4 America SprintX takes place at VIR on April 27-28, while the Sprint series kicks off next weekend at St. Pete.
RESULTS: Race 2