A well-timed pit stop helped take Nolasport’s Jason Hart and Matt Travis back to victory lane in the opening Pirelli GT4 America round of the season at Sonoma Raceway.
The Pro-Am class duo took top overall honors in Saturday’s 60-minute race, which was impacted by a lengthy full course caution that delayed the pit window opening and set up a 25-minute shootout to the finish.
While having started second to the No. 34 Conquest/JMF Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Jesse Webb, the No. 47 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport of Hart passed Michai Stephens after having a quicker stop with roughly 20 minutes to go.
Hart crossed the line 0.723 seconds ahead of the No. 7 ACI Motorsports Porsche of Kay van Berlo, thanks to a late-race charge by the Porsche North America Selected Driver.
Stevens, who along with the debuting Webb, picked up Silver class honors in their Mercedes with a third place overall finish.
Hart and Travis, a late confirmation this weekend, have been reunited for the first time since their 2021 Pro-Am class championship, with Hart also the defending category champion.
The No. 51 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4 GT4 of Zac Anderson and John Castro Dubets was set for a fourth place finish but was handed a 2.82-second post-race time penalty for not meeting the minimum pit stop time.
It gave Random Vandal Racing’s Kenton Koch and Kevin Boehm fourth overall and second in the Silver class while dropping Dubets to eighth.
Am class honors, meanwhile, went to the No. 35 Conquest Mercedes of Custodio Toledo and Paulo Carcasci, which finished 14th overall.
In addition to a nearly 20-minute long yellow due to a multi-car accident involving the No. 54 Black Swan Racing McLaren Artura GT4 of Tim Pappas, who got hit by Gray Newell’s Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 before getting collected by Van der Steur’s Brady Behrman, the race also saw a brief caution for Daniel Hanley’s Toyota GR Supra GT4 Evo that stopped on track.
The second and final race of the weekend is set for Sunday at 10:55 a.m. PT (1:55 p.m. ET) with live coverage on SRO’s GT World YouTube page and on its Twitch channel.
RESULTS: Race 1