Conquest Racing West closes GT4 America with victory at IMS
Colin Mullan and Michai Stephens’ Conquest Racing West Mercedes-AMG would claim their fourth straight Silver class victory to close the 2021 Pirelli GT4 America season for Round 14 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “It’s a dream come true and a bit of a moving moment – a real pleasure to do this with the team,” said Stephens. âIt’s a testament to the work the team has done this season. A huge thank you to Mercedes-AMG and everyone who helped launch this program, âsaid Mullan.
Fifteen minutes into the sixty-minute competition would see the first incident of the day with Bill Auberlen’s # 34 BMW hitting Tom Dyer’s # 119 BMW in a spin at Turn 6 as the pair battled for the third position in the general classification and in Pro-Am. Andrew Davis and the No.2 Aston Martin would inherit the third position with Spencer Pumpelly and the No.66 Porsche TRG LaSalle Solutions fourth.
Pumpelly’s time in fourth did not last long, however, as Kenton Koch’s No.15 Aston Martin would overtake the Porsche on Turn 2, up 21 positions from the start.
As the pit window opened for mandatory driver changes, Koch would catch up with Davis and overtake the No.2 Aston Martin for third place overall with an outward move at Turn 1, now up 23 positions this that day.
Once the driver changes are complete, the No.59 Aston Martin, now with Paul Terry at the wheel, would lead in the overall standings and in Pro-Am with Michai Stephens and the No.35 Mercedes-AMG leading in Silver. Kevin Conway’s # 68 Smooge Racing Toyota would take first place in Am.
19 minutes from the end, the n Â° 47 Porsche NOLASPORT, elected Pro-Am champion, would pass Tom Capizzi’s n Â° 52 BMW for third in its category, fourth overall.
Chandler Hull, now driving the No.94 BMW at BimmerWorld, would overtake Kenny Murillo’s No.72 Mercedes-AMG for second in the Silver Division, fifth overall as the clock passed the 15-minute mark . Five minutes later, Murillo fought as the two controlled traffic and passed Hull to reclaim second place with 10 minutes remaining. At the same time, Matt Travis’ No. 47 Porsche would overtake Putt’s No. 15 Aston Martin for second place in Pro-Am.
Dexter Racing’s No.062 Aston Martin would end up on the backs of Hull’s BMW as the two contested for last place on the silver podium, which the Aston Martin would ultimately claim.
Back on top, the No.35 Mercedes-AMG would crush the No.59 Aston Martin for the overall lead with a pass at Turn 8 2 minutes from time. As the checkered flag fluttered, the # 72 Mercedes-AMG Murillo Racing finished second in silver with the # 062 Dexter Racing Aston Martin third.
WR Racing’s No.59 Aston Martin would win in Pro-Am, followed by the No.47 Porsche NOLASPORT and BSport Racing’s No.15 Aston Martin. âThe team has given us a great car all year round and this guy can really drive so we’re happy! said winner Paul Terry. âIt’s all about teamwork and I’m happy to bring this victory home! said Hasse-Clot.
Smooge Racing and the No.68 Toyota would win the Am class in a dominant fashion ahead of the No.98 BMW of Random Vandals Racing and the No.888 Aston Martin Zelus Motorsports.